How to clean the inlet filter?
Many have heard about the need to clean the washing machine filter, but only few have
any idea where this very device is located. Some are starting to look for it near the filling
hose, others look for it next to the drain hose. And most interestingly, both parties
sometimes find them! The fact is that some washing machines have two filters. Both of
them require regular cleaning.
How to clean the inlet filter
Not all machines have it, therefore the question “How to clean the inlet filter used to fill
the machine with water?” is only relevant to some users. However, one needs to know it
The filling device, which consists in a small net, purifies water from various polluting
elements, including rust, before the water fills the machine. It is located near the water
feeding valve, to which a main hose is attached. Therefore, the machine is first
disconnected from the water supply and only then the hose is unscrewed. The filter is then
removed from the valve using pincers.
The net, which is filled with dirt and rust, is cleaned using a small brush, then the stream
of hot tap water is used to rinse it thoroughly. Clean filter is set in place in the reverse
The frequency of cleaning this device depends on the quality of water that enters the
machine. If the water is not clean enough, then it will contain a lot of debris. If the water
quality is poor, install another filter – an external filter that will clean water before it enters
the feeding valve of the machine. Then the machine filter will be clogged less often.
Peculiarities of drain filter cleaning
The owners are interested in having their household helper serve them without crashes.
Blockage of this mechanism affects the drain pump.
It is located in the bottom of the machine, usually under the plastic cover. If it is absent,
take off the entire panel. It is fixed with latches: press them with your hand or screwdriver
and remove the cover. The filter looks like a plug screwed into the machine. It is supposed
to be unscrewed easily: by turning it counterclockwise. Some models may have additional
fastening with the screw – then, unscrew it first.
Before removing the device from the slot, prepare a low-level container for the remains
of dirty water that will run. Then remove the debris from the opening and wash the filter
removing all accumulated dirt. When putting the device back in place, screw it all the way.
Otherwise, the tank will leak.
It sometimes happens that you cannot unscrew the filter this way: it may be clogged
with dirt so bad, that it almost soldered the device. If this is the case, place the machine on
the side and first unscrew the pump, then start removing the stuck filter. If you fail again,
remove the entire structure and disassemble it on the horizontal surface.
Generally, preventive cleaning of the washing machine drain filter is a simple procedure,
but it must be done regularly. Of course, not every one may cope with such work by
himself; therefore, we recommend you call our specialists.