How to Drain a Washing Machine for Storage

Disconnecting and preparing a washing machine for long-term storage involves draining the appliance of water. Even when a washer finishes a cleaning cycle and empties the tub, up to a quart of water may remain inside the appliance plumbing and water pump. Over time, this residual may eventually cause the pump to rust and can erode rubber hoses. Draining the appliance takes only a few minutes using common tools.

Empty clothes and drain the washing machine before storage.

Step 1

Twist the two knobs clockwise on the wall behind the washer where it connects to the hot and cold faucets. This shuts off water to the appliance.

Step 2

Set the washer to a spin cycle and start normally. The centrifugal force of the rotating drum combined with the water pump should remove most of the remaining water in the appliance.

Step 3

Unplug the washer's power cord from the outlet.

Step 4

Unscrew the two water supply hoses from the faucets on the wall and lift the washer drain hose out of the drain pipe in the wall.

Step 5

Slide the washer aways from the wall and turn it around to place the drain hose in a bucket.

Step 6

Tip the washer backwards with the help of a friend, lowering the appliance to the floor to release any remaining water through the drain hose into the bucket.

Step 7

Turn the washer upright and dry the drum with a towel. Leave the lid open to air out the wash tub.

Step 8

Unscrew the supply hoses and drain hose from the back of the washer and place them inside the tub in preparation for storing the appliance. When you are ready to use the washer again, you'll be able to find the hoses.