How To Clean The Electrolux Front Loader Washer Pump Filter

Fleet Appliance
October 3, 2022
Electrolux Repair

Electrolux front loader washers are some of the most popular machines on the market, but they can also be some of the most difficult to clean. If your pump filter becomes clogged with lint and debris, it can cause all sorts of problems with your machine. Fortunately, cleaning the pump filter is a relatively simple process that anyone can do. In this blog post, we will show you how to clean your Electrolux front loader washer’s pump filter in just a few easy steps.

Prevention is the best cure

One of the easiest ways to keep your filter clean is to not get them dirty in the first place. Be sure to empty out any pockets before you wash your clothes to prevent loose items from falling into the filters and causing problems later on. You can give your clothing a once over with a lint roller before wearing them to help prevent lint buildup and to remove hair, which can also clog filters.

What is a water pump filter?

A water filter pump is an important component of a washing machine. The water filter pump is responsible for keeping debris from entering the pump as it is removing water from your washing machine during the draining cycle.

Over time, the pump filter can become clogged with lint, dirt, and other debris like coins and hair. When this happens, your washing machine won’t be able to drain properly and will leave your clothes wet at the end of the cycle, or even leave water in the drum. By regularly cleaning the pump filter, you can help extend the life of your washing machine and ensure that it continues to run smoothly.

You should clean your washing machine’s water pump filter at least once a month, maybe more if you wash a lot of laundry frequently.

What is a lint filter?

Most older model washing machines have a lint filter that helps to remove lint, hair, and other debris from clothing. The filter works by trapping lint and other small particles as water drains from the washing machine. Many lint filters can be easily cleaned with a brush, or washed. However, over time, the filter may become clogged and need to be replaced. A clogged lint filter can cause a washing machine to overheat and may even damage clothing. For best results, it is important to clean the lint filter on a regular basis (about four times a year) and replace it when necessary.

If your washing machine isn’t draining properly, it’s likely because one (or both) of these filters is clogged. Fortunately, you can easily clean them both yourself without having to call a repairman.

How to clean your washing machine pump filter

You will need:

  • A scrubbing brush
  • A low dish or pan with a rim to catch the water

Note: If your washer is not draining, there will be a lot of water and a bucket may be better than a low dish.

  • The pump filter is usually located behind a small door near the bottom of the machine. To clean the filter, begin by opening the small door. In most cases, you will see a button (which is actually a retractable hose) or a knob. 
  • Retract the hose until the end is safely over the bucket or pan to catch the water. 
  • Remove the cap, and wait for the water to drain fully. Otherwise, you risk flooding your floor!
  • Once the water has completely drained, turn the knob to unscrew the filter.
  • Once the filter is released, carefully remove it and rinse it under running water. If there is a lot of build-up on the filter, you may need to scrub it with a brush to remove all of the debris. Once the filter is clean, reattach it to your washing machine. 

Periodically cleaning your washing machine’s pump filter will help to keep your machine running smoothly for years to come.

How to clean the lint filter

The location of the lint filter can vary by model and by the age of your machine. Many newer machines have combined the lint filter and pump filter. Read the process above to clean this type of filter.

  • If you do have an older model, consult your user manual for the location of your lint filter. If you have lost your manual, you can try looking in these locations:
  • Along the top rim of your washer drum, you may run into a screen that can be pulled out to remove lint. Be careful not to jam your fingers and make sure to have a good grip on the lid so it doesn’t fall while investigating!
  • Next, take out the lint filter and rinse it off with water. 
  • Once you’ve rinsed off the lint filter, put it back in place and reattach the hose to the back of the washer.
  • Finally, the filter on the drain hose can be found at the back of the washer.
  • Start by unplugging the power cord from the outlet, for safety. 
  • Move the washer away from the wall to access the drainage hose. 
  • Next, remove the hose from the back of the washer, by unscrewing the hose. 
  • Once the hose is removed, check the filter at the end for any foreign objects or lint that may be blocking it. 
  • Once the filter is clear, screw the drainage back in place. Then, move your washer back in place and plug it back in.

The lowdown

Now that you know how to clean your Electrolux front load washer’s pump filter and lint filter, it’s important to keep them both clean for optimal performance. Make sure to check the filters every few months and give them a good clean whenever they start looking dirty. By following these simple steps, you can help ensure your Electrolux front load washer continues working its best for years to come.


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