How To Fix a Washing Machine That Won't Rinse

It can be frustrating and time-consuming to deal with a washing machine that is not rinsing properly. From residue on your clothes to incomplete cleaning, there are several issues that can result from a washing machine that isn't rinsing correctly. In this article, we'll explore some common reasons why your washing machine may not be rinsing properly, providing practical solutions to get your machine back to optimal performance.

What causes a washing machine to not rinse properly?

Washing machines not rinsing is a common issue and usually means that the washing machine is not draining correctly. From clogged filters and malfunctioning water inlet vales to incorrect detergent use and drum overloading, there are a variety of reasons why your washing machine may not be rinsing properly. At Beko, we understand the importance of a washing machine that performs correctly and we're here to help you troubleshoot any issues you may be experiencing.

To correct the problem, turn off the power supply to your appliance, unplug your machine, and follow the below steps:

A dirty / blocked drain hose

Check the drain hose

The drain hose is an essential component of your washing machine that helps to remove dirty water during the wash and rinse cycles. If the drain hose is kinked or obstructed, it can impede the flow of water from the machine and cause poor rinsing performance. To check your drain hose, follow the below steps:

  • Carefully pull the washing machine forward so you can access the drain hose.
  • Ensure that the drain hose does not exceed the maximum length quoted in your instruction manual.
  • Also, check that the drain hose has not been crushed, kinked, or twisted or is blocked.
A washing machine showing location of the filter

Clogged Filter

A clogged filter is one of the most common reasons why a washing machine may not be rinsing correctly. Over time, lint, hair, and other debris can accumulate in the filter, causing a blockage. This blockage can prevent water from draining from the machine, resulting in poor rinsing performance. To fix this issue, please follow the below steps that explain how to clean your washing machine’s filter:

  • Locate the filter on the bottom right-hand side of the appliance.
  • When you open the filter housing there may be a large amount of water. If your appliance has a drain tube, you can use this to reduce the amount of water in the drum. Place a container under the filter to collect the remaining water. Be sure to open the filter housing slowly to avoid too much water being released in one go.
  • Once the water has stopped flowing out you can then remove the filter.
  • Clean the filter by rinsing it under the tap.
  • Once finished, make sure you replace the filter properly. If this does not solve the problem, please find out our contact details by clicking here.
Measuring Detergent

Incorrect detergent amount

Using too much or too little detergent can cause problems with your washing machine's rinsing performance. If you're using too much detergent, it can leave residue on your clothes, preventing them from rinsing properly. On the other hand, if you're using too little detergent, it may not be enough to remove dirt and stains from your clothes. To rectify this issue, make sure you are following the manufacturer's instructions on the detergent packaging to ensure you're using the right amount for your washing machine.

Malfunctioning water inlet valve

A malfunctioning water inlet valve can also cause issues with your washing machine's rinsing performance. The water inlet valve is responsible for regulating the flow of water into your washing machine. If this is not functioning correctly, it can prevent water from entering the machine properly. To rectify this issue, it is best to call a professional to replace the valve.

Overloaded Laundry


Overloading your washing machine can also result in poor rinsing performance. Filling your machine passed its maximum capacity can prevent water from circulating properly, resulting in poor rinsing. When loading your machine, always follow the manufacturer's guidelines for load capacity to ensure optimal performance.

If none of these solutions work, it's best to contact a professional for assistance. At Beko, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality appliances and excellent customer service. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us at 0333 207 9710 for assistance or visit our repairs page. Alternatively, if you are experiencing issues with your washing machine not draining properly, please read our dedicated article here.

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