Your front load Samsung washer model WF206AN is equipped with a small component called a check valve. The valve is located at the end of the drain pump’s discharge port. Its purpose is preventing wastewater from flowing back into your washing machine. If you open your washer door at the end of a drain cycle and find dirty water inside the inner wash basket, the check valve isn’t doing its job, meaning it’s likely defective and needs replacing.
Before you start repairing your washer, unplug the appliance and turn off its water supply. Wearing work gloves and safety goggles as you disassemble and reassemble your appliance is also highly recommended. If at any point you don’t feel you can safely complete the appliance repair, please stop what you’re doing and contact a washer repair specialist to finish the job.
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Flathead Screwdriver
How to Remove the Front Panel of Your Samsung Washer
Using your Phillips screwdriver unthread the two screws securing the washer’s top panel. Pull the panel towards you, and lift it up and off your appliance.
Look inside the washer’s cabinet and locate the soap dispenser. At the bottom of the soap dispenser, you’ll find a hose that runs to the washer tub. Loosen the hose clamp and disconnect the hose from the port on the tub. Now head to the front of your washer, and pull out the soap dispenser drawer. Once the drawer is removed, reach back inside the washer cabinet and unfasten the small hose that runs along the side of the dispenser housing. Then, using your Phillips screwdriver, unthread the screws securing the soap dispenser to your appliance. Afterward, lift the dispenser up and turn it over to rest it on the top of your washer where it won’t get in your way.
At this point, you’ll need to remove the control panel from the front of your washing machine. To do so, take out the screws holding it in place, and then lift the panel up and tilt it back to access the many wire harnesses running to the board. To ensure you remember the proper location of each wire connection, use your phone to snap a picture. After the picture is taken, disconnect the wire harnesses and remove the control panel from your washing machine.
Open your washer door and insert a Flathead screwdriver underneath the boot seal and boot clamp. Carefully, pry the clamp from around the seal. Then, pull the boot seal off the lip of the washer door and push the front of the seal into the washer tub so it’s out of your way.
On the right side of the front panel, you’ll see two screws which hold the door latch to the washing machine, unthread those screws with your Phillips screwdriver. Next, reach in-between the boot seal and the front panel to push the door latch back and off the panel.
Close the washing machine door and unthread the screws at the top of the front panel. Then, open and remove the small filter access door on the bottom left side of the front panel. Behind the door, you’ll find a small drain hose, take the drain hose out of the retaining clips which hold it in place. Before you pull out the small-cap plugging the drain hose, place a container under the hose to catch the water that will pour out. Once all the water is drained from the hose, recap it. Now you can unthread the two screws inside the small drain hose compartment.
Stand up and open the washer door. Then, place your hand at the top of the door opening and lift the front panel up to disengage the panel’s top locking tabs. Next, tilt the panel back and lift it up and off the three hinges connecting it to the bottom of your washer. The panel is finally free and can be placed in a safe, out of the way location.
How to Uninstall the Check Valve in Your Samsung Washer
Just in case there’s any water left in the drain pump hoses, place a towel underneath the pump. Next, using your pliers, loosen the clamp on the hose connected to the top of the drain pump. Then, pull the hose off the pump. After the top hose is removed, repeat the same process with the two back hoses. Now that the drain pump is hose-free, unthread the two screws securing the pump to the front frame of your washer. With the screws removed, push the pump backwards to disengage the locking tab on the bottom mounting bracket, and then lift the drain pump out of the washer cabinet.
Locate the check valve on the drain pump’s discharge port, and use a Flathead screwdriver to pry the tiny rubber flap off the port.
How to Install a New Check Valve in Your Samsung Washer
Before you install the new check valve, use a clean cloth or rag to wipe off the drain pump’s discharge port. Once the port is dry and clean, retrieve the new check valve, and simply slide the rubber ring over the lip of the discharge port. Check the placement once or twice to ensure the flap on the check valve is lined up correctly.
Now that the new check valve is in place, you can reinstall the drain pump. To do so, insert the small pump hose through the large opening in the washer frame, and then line up the mounting bracket on the bottom of the pump with the indentation on the floor of the washer, and slide the pump forward to lock it in place. To secure the pump to the washer’s front frame, replace the screws you removed. Next, reattach all three hoses to the top and back of the drain pump.
How to Reassemble Your Front Load Samsung Washer
Start the reassembly process by realigning the washer’s front panel with the hinges on the bottom of the appliance’s frame. Then, tilt the panel up until you engage the locking mechanism near the top of the washing machine. Next, rethread the screws near the bottom of the panel and the screws near the top of the panel. Once the front panel is reattached, head back down to the filter access compartment and push the small drain hose back into its retaining clips. Then, close up the compartment by reinstalling the small access door.
Stand up and open the washer door. Move the boot seal back so you can grab the door latch and resituate it against the back of the front panel. Once the latch is sticking out of the square opening in the panel, replace the screws you took out earlier to secure the part.
Now pull the boot seal out of the washer tub and reinstall it around the lip of the washer door. Next, retrieve the boot clamp. When installing the clamp, make sure the spring is sitting at the bottom of the seal. Once half the clamp is around the boot seal, use your Flathead screwdriver to stretch out the other half until the clamp completely and securely encircles the seal.
At this point, you’ll want to reinstall the washer control panel. However, before you start, take a look at the picture you took earlier to ensure you connect the wires to their proper terminals. After the wires are reconnected, snap the control panel into place and rethread the panel screws to secure the component to your washing machine.
Before closing up the top of your appliance, place the soap dispenser back into the washer cabinet and replace the screws you took out. Then, reconnect the hose on the bottom of the dispenser to the washer tub, and snap the smaller hose back into the retaining clips on the side of the component. Next, slide the soap dispenser drawer back into the front of the dispenser.
Finally, reattach the washer’s top panel. To finish off your repair, plug-in your washing machine and turn its water supply back on.
If you have questions about your washer’s performance or you’re concerned about another malfunctioning appliance in your home, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.