Washing machine not draining? If the washer won’t drain or spin, either something is stuck in the washing machine drain hose or pump, or the pump is broken. If a washer won’t drain or spin, the fix is simple if you’re even just a little bit handy with tools. We’re showing the repair on a Maytag washing machine. Remove the front panel screws. Start by unplugging the machine and emptying the water. Bail the water out of the tub, or you can drain the tub using gravity by placing the washer drain hose on the floor near the drain or in a bucket. Clamp the hose to prevent any remaining water from running out.