How to clean the debris filter on front load washing machines

Last Update Date : Oct 29. 2019
Washing Machine

The debris filter should be cleaned periodically, approximately every 30-40 loads, or 2-3 months.Cleaning the filter can also potentially help improve cleaning performance and help prevent odors.


• Some machines (older than 2009 or top loading machines) may not have this kind of debris filter.

• Before cleaning the debris filter, make sure to unplug the washing machine from the electrical outlet.

• Do not disassemble the debris filter while the machine is running as hot water may flow out.

1 Unplug the washing machine from the electrical outlet before cleaning the filter. Do not disassemble the debris filter while the machine is running as hot water may flow out.
Check for foreign substance
2 Place a large bowl near the filter and put a towel down to protect the floor (there may be more water than you expect).
Place a large bowl
3 Open the filter cover(A) by using a coin or key.
cover (A)
4 Pick the emergency draining tube (B) out
tube B
5 Open the emergency drain cap (C) by pulling it. Allow all the water to flow into a bowl. Hold the cap at the end of the emergency draining tube (B) and slowly pull it out
cap (C)
7 Prepare a dry cloth
Dry cloth
8 Unscrew the debris filter cap(D) by turning it to the left
cap (D)
9 Wash any dirt or other material from the debris filter. Make sure the drain pump propeller behind the debris filter is not blocked
Wash dirt
10 Replace the debris filter cap tightly
replace debris
11 Reinsert the emergency drain cap and drain tube
Reinsert emergency drain
12 Make sure to replace the debris filter and emergency drain cap after cleaning it. If it is not reinserted into the machine, the washing machine may malfunction or water may leak
replace drain drain
13 Close the filter cover
Close the cover

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