Introduction: GE Adora Lint Filter Cleanout
This instructable will walk you through how to clean out the lint filter on your GE Adora washing machine. This is entirely doable by the end user, but the manual for the washing machine does not give these instructions, and the technical assistance number will not give you this information.
Essentially, if your GE Adora washing machine won't drain, your lint filter is probably full, and preventing the washer from fully draining.
This is something that GE wants you to pay a technician to do. That means a service call that usually has an 8-hour window. It may be a week out, as well. That leaves you with wet laundry, and out possibly several hundred dollars (not counting lost time at work).
From start to finish, this will take you about 30 minutes if you're careful and take your time.
Please let me know if your experience differs from what I've detailed, and I'll update.
Step 1: Assemble Your Tools.
To complete this project, you'll need a philips-head screwdriver or a nut driver, a catch basin, and a towel.
Step 2: Unplug Your Washing Machine!
NEVER work on any appliance while it's still plugged in!
Step 3: Unscrew 3 Screws That Hold the Lower Front Plate on the Washer.
There are 3 screws that you need to unscrew. If you have the riser installed, they're easy to access. If you don't, they're pretty close to the floor.
Step 4: Lift Off the Front Cover.
Once all three screws have been removed, you can lift off the front cover. The drain plug that you're looking for is in the picture here.
Step 5: Unscrew the Filter.
You should be able to turn the filter plug counter-clockwise.
CAUTION: Do NOT get over zealous and unscrew it all the way out right now, or you will have a ton of water all over you and everything in close proximity to the washing machine.
Position your catch basin underneath the plug and unscrew it just enough for water to start coming out. When you get close to filling up your basin, screw it back in to stop the flow of water. Empty basin and repeat. The pot I used is 4.5 quart, and I dumped it 5 times. So, there may be quite a bit of water that you have to drain.
If you have the washer riser installed, the tray is sealed plastic, so you could theoretically let it drain into there and deal with it from there, but it's easier to do it one pot at a time.
"NOTE": Don't dump this water down your sink. It's full of lint, etc., and could easily clog a sink or bathtub drain. Dump it in a toilet or outside.
Step 6: Clean the Lint Filter.
Yeah, gross, I know. This is what you get over 15 months of washing yard mowing clothes, dog blankets and dog towels.
The stuff should fall out in one big hairball-like wad. You may have to pull some through the holes on the bottom.
Be sure to take a look into the lint filter hole to make sure that when you pulled the filter out that you didn't leave anything behind.
Step 7: Reassemble and Test.
Reassemble by doing everything in reverse:
Reinsert the lint filter and screw in clockwise to secure.
Place the front cover on and secure with the three screws.
Plug in the washing machine, and run a small load.
You've just emptied your washer's lint filter.