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How to Replace the Circulation Pump on a Washing Machine

Some washing machines have two different types of pump: a drain pump which empties the machine and a circulation pump which sprays water directly into the wash to improve the efficiency of the wash cycle.

There are some signs that you can look out for to see if your washing machine is suffering from a faulty circulation pump - these include if your washing is not coming out as clean as you have come to expect. Another sign is if there is not any water being sprayed directly into the drum in between drum rotations.

It is obviously not good news if you are having issues with the circulation pump in your machine, but the good news is that here at eSpares we can help you solve the problem. We have a wide range of replacement circulation pumps - so you can be confident of getting the correct part you need to get your appliance back in full working order.

This video shows an example on how to remove or replace the part on a typical machine, some models may be different but the procedure should be similar

  What You Will Need:

  Step 1 - Switch Off Your Appliance

Safety First! Please ensure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before starting any repair.

  Step 2 - Place The Washing Machine On It’s Side

For you to be able to do this you need to disconnect all hoses from the machine, and also empty the soap drawer of water (to avoid spills).

  Step 3 - Test The Circulation Pump

With the machine on its side you will be able to see the pump assembly. The drain pump will have the drain hose feeding into it, and there will also be the circulation pump that you can see.

To disconnect the circulation pump you need to remove the electrical spade connectors, and then unscrew the screws that connect it to the pump assembly.

You can test if the circulation pump has burnt out by using a multimeter.

For advice on how to use the multimeter, you can see our helpful article here.

A working circulation pump should have a multimeter reading of around 180 ohms.

  Step 4 - Fit The Splash Guard On The New Circulation Pump

You will notice that there's a splash guard attached to the old circulation pump - and that needs to be replaced onto the new pump. With the splash guard in place on the new pump, you can then place the circulation pump onto the housing.

  Step 5 - Fit The Splash Guard On The New Circulation Pump

With the circulation pump now in position all you need to do is reconnect the electrical connectors. You can then put the machine back in to the upright position before reconnecting the hoses.

eSpares Top Tip: It's a good idea to put the machine on a rinse cycle, just to see if that fix works.

Well done on your newly found washing machine DIY skills! Hopefully by you performing this repair you will be able to continue to use your washing machine and get the washing results that you have come to expect from it.

Fancy Giving Your Washing Machine Some Loving Care & Attention?

Your washing machine no doubt works hard for you in getting your clothes nice and clean. If you want to show it some TLC, then it is a great idea to protect it from the build-up of limescale & detergent that can happen over time in your machine. Introducing the eSpares Limescale & Detergent Remover - where by using this you can help protect from this, as well as removing bad odours and bacteria build-up.

*Not suitable for top loading appliances

Need To Locate The Correct Circulation Pump For Your Washing Machine?

Here at eSpares, we have a wide-range of replacement washing machine circulation pumps for you to select from - so you can soon be on your way to repairing it yourself.

If you need any advice regarding repairs to your appliances at home, eSpares provide many helpful advice articles in our advice centre If you know the specific part that you are after you can find a whole array of various spares across your home and garden appliances on the eSpares website.


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