A Kenmore front-load washer is a high-efficiency machine. But like any washer design, some simple maintenance is necessary now and then. If your washer is having trouble draining, the drain filter may need some attention. Cleaning the drain hose and filter regularly will prevent blockages and odors from souring your laundry day.
Unplug the washing machine and turn off the water.
Open the small trap door next to the drain hose connection on the back of the washer to gain access to the filter.
Clear out any debris and wipe the filter and the surrounding area with a mild detergent. If needed, wear gloves and use vinegar or bleach to remove odors, mold and mildew. Rinse the parts completely.
Remove the drain hose and clean it with a mild detergent. If necessary, again use vinegar or bleach to remove odors and mildew. Rinse the hose.
Reconnect the drain hose and filter. Close the trap door.
Plug in the washer and turn the water back on.