If your clothes washer makes a grinding sound when it goes through the rinse cycle, the water pump may be broken. Rather than paying to have an appliance repair service install a new pump, order the part and install it yourself. Not only will this save you some cash, it will improve your home repair skills.
You will need:
Step 2: Unplug the washer electrical cord from the power outlet, turn off the water valves leading to the appliance, and disconnect the hot and cold water supply hoses. Disconnect the drain hose that runs from the back of the machine into the drain.
Step 3: Pull out the washer and lean it against a crate or box so you can access the bottom of the appliance. Pop off the decorative plate at the bottom front of the washer. Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the plastic or cardboard cover from the bottom of the appliance. Set the screws aside.
Step 4: Use the appliance instruction manual to locate the water pump. It is usually small and round with two hoses leading into it. Remove the screws that anchor the pump to the washing machine frame, using your screwdriver.
Step 5: With the pliers, pinch the channel locks that attach the hoses to the pump. Move the channel locks further down on the hoses, away from the pump. Pull out the pump and locate the electrical connector for the motor. Pinch the tab on the connector and slide the connector out of its port. Remove the pump from the washing machine.
Step 6: Get the new pump and screw it into the correct location on the washing machine frame. Reconnect the hoses by sliding the end of the hose over the correct outlet on the pump. Pinch the channel lock and slide the clamp up to the end of the hose, fitting it around the pump outlet. Repeat this process with the other hose.
Step 7: Reconnect the electrical connection to the pump by sliding the connector into its outlet and listening for a click. The connector will only attach one way so you cannot make a mistake.
Step 8: Screw the bottom cover onto the washing machine and reinstall the decorative plate on the front.
Step 9: Reconnect the power cord and the water supply hoses and turn on the water supply. Test the spin cycle of the washer to make sure the new water pump works.