Today my Samsung Ecobubble 8.0kg washing machine came to a halt mid-wash and reported the error SE/5E. Some googling told me that this was a problem with the drain, and that the filter should be cleaned. Before cleaning it, the water should be emptied out of the washing machine using the emergency drain tube like this:

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It warned me that there would be a lot of water, however after pulling out the tube and removing the plug, it just dripped out. When I then proceeded to remove the filter, a lot of water came out, and I spent an hour trying to gently open the filter and let out a little water at a time (to avoid soaking the kitchen floor) until it was empty, which should have been handled by the emergency drain tube.

So I believe that the emergency drain tube is clogged - how can I un-clog it so it can serve its purpose the next time I need to do an emergency drain?

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    It sounds like the filter is blocked - not the tube as you had to control the flow to get it empty...
    – Solar Mike
    Jul 20, 2019 at 20:41

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Mold/algae/bacterial slime is one cause for drains that don't drain.

The second is mineral build up, but since the drain is rarely used and never dries up I'd say it's probably biological slime.

The third is hair/lint, so definitely a possibility.

The fourth possibly is that by design the water passes through the filter before it gets to the emergency drain, so a clogged filter would actually prevent water from draining through the emergency drain.


I'd try filling your washer with a 1:10 bleach to water ratio, and running an empty wash cycle but pausing it before it drains, waiting an hour, and then draining with the emergency drain. Using the emergency drain a few more times like this might help clean it out.

If you're able to able to blow compressed air backwards through the emergency drain and into the unit, that might help declog it.

If that doesn't work, then it might be clogged with hair/lint. You might be able to put drain cleaner in your washer, but that would probably risk destroying it. You'd probably be better off disassembling it and removing out the clog from the inside, or trying to stick a flexible pipe cleaner up the drain tube if you have one long enough.

Enough compressed air through that emergency drain tube will probably clear it though, keep it under 20-30psi though.

Also maybe clean your filter more often and the emergency drain will drain better if the filter isn't as clogged.

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