How to Replace Front Load Washer Tub Filter

How to Replace Front Load Washer Tub Filter

Due to the danger and complexity of electronic equipment repair, the following technical tip is intended for professional reference only. Please refer to manufacturer’s recommendations as Encompass does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability or safety of this information. 

Replacing Tub Filter in Electrolux Front Load Washer

In the Electrolux washer model EWFLS70JSS, the tub filter — also known as a coin trap — is found inside the tub by the 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, the washer may not drain properly, or the drain pump may sustain irreparable damage and will have to be replaced. A clogged tub filter can also impact the draining process.

When a washer drains slowly or not at all, the tub filter may be damaged or obstructed and needs to be replaced. Before disassembling the washing machine, unplug the appliance and turn off the hot and cold water supply valves. Safety should always be a priority during appliance repair, so please protect hands and eyes by wearing work gloves and goggles.


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

Special thanks to Fred’s Appliance Academy for this helpful tip!



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