How to Replace the Tub Filter in Your Electrolux Front Load Washer

Fred's Appliance
April 8, 2019
Washer Repair

In your Electrolux washer model EWFLS70JSS, the tub filter, also known as a coin trap, is found inside the tub to pump hose. The filter prevents foreign objects from entering the drain pump. If the coin trap is damaged and debris is able to bypass the filter, your washer may not drain properly, or the drain pump may sustain irreparable damage, meaning it will also need to be replaced. A clogged tub filter can also cause an issue with the draining process. If you suspect a damaged tub filter, or an obstructed tub filter is behind your washer draining slowly or not draining at all, continue reading to learn how to replace the component.

Before you begin disassembling your washing machine, unplug the appliance and turn off its hot and cold water supply valves. Safety should always be a priority when repairing one of your appliances, so please protect your hands and eyes by wearing work gloves and goggles as you replace the tub filter in your washer.

How to Replace the Tub Filter in Your Electrolux Front Load Washer

  1. Begin your repair by pulling your washer forward and away from your laundry room wall. Next, head to the back of your appliance and disconnect the hot and cold fill lines from the rear panel, and then detach the drain hose from the wall. Next, start unthreading the screws that hold the main top to the washing machine. Once you’ve taken out the screws, pull the top back a few inches, and then lift it up and off your washer.
  2. Underneath the main top, locate the power cord wire harness. Disconnect the harness by pushing down on the locking tab and pulling the wires apart. Then, pull the green grounding wire off the top edge of the rear mounting bracket. With a pair of needle nose pliers, push the small plastic mounting tab, holding the power cord wire, out of the washer’s metal bracket.
  3. Loosen and remove the screws securing the rear mounting bracket to the washer’s upper cabinet. Once the top and back screws are taken out, lift the bracket off the washer.
  4. Now, take out all the screws holding the main, rear panel to the washer. After all the screws are removed, locate the drain hose on the back panel, and unthread the screw securing the drain hose retainer to the panel. Then, kneel down near the bottom left corner of the back panel and remove the screws securing the washer’s control board to the panel. Finally, lift the main, rear panel up and off your machine.
  5. Take the drive belt off the back of the tub, by gently tugging on the belt while rotating the drive pulley.
  6. At this point, take a look underneath the tub and behind your washer’s control board to locate the tub to pump hose. Once you see it, reach inside the washer cabinet and place a towel under the hose to catch any water that spills out of the hose when you disconnect it from the tub.
  7. Once the towel is in place, use a pair of pliers to release the hose clamp securing the hose to the air chamber shaft. Then, pull the hose off the air chamber shaft. Next, using a screwdriver, loosen the hose clamp screw securing the hose to the tub opening. After the screw is loose, slide the clamp down, and pull the hose off the opening in the outer tub.
  8. Reach inside the hose and retrieve the tub filter sitting inside it. Don’t be surprised if the filter is filled with foreign objects and covered in unrecognizable gunk. If you want, you can shake the debris out of the filter to discover what types of objects have been taking a ride in your washing machine.
  9. After you are done inspecting your old tub filter, use a screwdriver to pry the filter cover off the damaged part. The new tub filter does not include a new cover, so you’ll need to use the old cover on your new filter. The cover is held in place by four locking tabs, simply disengage the tabs with your screwdriver, and pull the cover off the damaged tub filter. Before you put the cover on the new tub filter take it to your sink and clean it off.
  10. Now it’s time to start installing your new tub filter. First, position the washed filter cover on-top of the tub filter and push down on it to engage the locking tabs. Then, slide the tub filter into the tub to pump hose. The tab on the filter should line up with the small slot inside the hose. Once the filter is in place, reinstall the hose to the tub opening. Slide the hose clamp up the hose, and tighten its screw to secure the hose to tub connection. Next, push the hose onto the air chamber shaft and replace the clamp to secure the hose.
  11. With your new tub filter installed and ready to go, you can start reassembling your washer. First, grab the washer’s drive belt and loop it around the motor pulley. Then, as you slowly rotate the drive pulley, carefully stretch the drive belt around it. After the belt is installed, turn the drive pulley in both directions a few times to ensure the drive belt stays on and the pulley is not restricted by any obstructions.
  12. Align the rear panel with the back of your washer and secure it with the screws you removed earlier. Once you’ve finished installing the rear panel screws, reattach the screws that secure the control board to the washer’s back panel. After that, replace the drain hose retainer and rethread its screw to hold the component and drain hose in place.
  13. Line up the rear mounting bracket with the holes in the washer frame and secure it with mounting screws. Next, locate the power cord wire and the plastic retainer attached to it. Then, push the retainer back into the small opening in the reinstalled rear mounting bracket. Reattach the grounding wire to the edge of the mounting bracket, and reconnect the power cord wire harnesses.
  14. Pick up the main top panel and place it on the washer, leaving about an inch or two of space between the front of the panel and the front of the washer. Then, push the panel forward to lock it in place.
  15. Finally, reconnect the fill lines to the back of your washer and reattach the drain hose to the wall. Next, reposition your appliance against your laundry room wall, and plug-in your washing machine and turn on the hot and cold water supply valves.

If replacing the tub filter in your washer did not resolve your appliance’s draining issue, please contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our appliance repair technicians.

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