I have a 3.5 year old front loader than won't drain, serial number 912KWDJ00362. I don't get a specific code, but it stops in the final ten minutes and says "Error - Not draining. Check the drain hose & filter." I cleaned out the filter, which had a couple of popcorn kernels, and manually drained it and then ran the Tide washer cleaner. I ran a hot wash again without any laundry or soap. No error. So I washed a medium-small amount of rags with 1T Kirkland HE powdered soap and I got the same error to check the hose & filter. The filter was still clean, and I could blow air just fine through the hose from the machine to the wall drain. I hear a hum of a motor when it is attempting to drain, but it fails 100% of the time now. I never get an OE error of any sort.
So I took the machine apart, and pulled out the drain assembly and all hoses appear clear. I don't own an air compressor, so all I could do is blow air into them. The impeller appears fine, all the pieces are intact and no hair was caught around the blades, it spins, but not freely, so I am guessing the magnets work fine. The pump appears fine as well, but when I opened it up it was filled with black sand that smelled like dead puppies.
I figure my drain motor is going bad, but I hate to replace the part if I don't know for sure that is what is causint the error since therse was so much gunk in the motor and my error seems so non-specific.
Does this sound like I need a new drain pump, or could all the black tar/dead puppy/sand/grit be the culprit? Is there a better way to check hoses without a compressor? I really need to get back to laundry, I have 5 kids and it is piling up fast.