Maytag Front Load Washer Not Draining: A Simple Troubleshooting Guide with Possible Solutions

Is your Maytag front load washer not draining? In today’s guide, we’ll walk you through some of the potential causes for the problem and how to solve them.

In most cases, the major reason that your Maytag front load washer isn’t draining is due to clogs in the drain hose or the drain pump itself.

However, some extending or laying the hose incorrectly can also be a cause for the washer to not drain. Keep on reading to find out how to solve such problems and when to request professional help.

1. Is the Draining Hose Clogged or Kinked?

Note: Before testing any of the washer’s functions, make sure to drain any water manually to avoid the mess, you can find a quick manual draining guide in the FAQs section down below. It’s also recommended to check the plumbing system separately to confirm that due to the washer machine.

If your Maytag front load washer reaches the draining phase normally but the water level doesn’t go down or drain extremely slowly, your draining hose is most likely the culprit.

Draining hoses are flexible. However, they need to be straight and unclogged to pass on the water efficiently.

The fastest thing you need to check is whether the hose is kinked or bent to the point of obstruction. In that case, straightening the hose should allow the water to drain out.

You should also check the hose with dry hands. If you find any leaks, the hose is most likely damaged due to the kink, and you’ll need to replace it.

If everything is dry and the hose is intact, you’ll need to inspect it for any clogs that can happen due to debris blocking the hose.

To remove the hose for inspection, you’ll first need to unscrew the front panel and take it off. After that, carefully unclamp the hose and drain any water that might leak out.

Give the hose a quick end-to-end check by running some water through it. If the hose is intact, simply return the hose where it was while reversing the whole process.

2. Is the Drain Hose Extending Deep into the Draining Outlet?

If the hose is extended too far into the draining outlet or the drainpipe, the water will be siphoned back into the drum.

Ideally, you need to make sure that the draining hose extends at a maximum of 4.5 inches (about 113 mm) into the draining outlet or as recommended by the user manual of your model.

3. Is the Door Switch Broken?

As a security measure, the door switch in the Maytag washers won’t start draining if it’s not closed correctly.

In addition to showing visible signs of damage, you’ll be able to tell if the door switch is broken if the multimeter doesn’t detect a voltage continuity. In that case, you’ll need to replace the broken switch with a new one.

4. Is the Drain Pump Filter Blocked?

If you’re sure that the hose is both unobstructed and installed correctly, you need to look into the rest of the draining assembly, which is the draining pump filter.

As the water starts to drain out of the drum, it passes through a filter that is responsible for preventing tiny items and particulates from blocking the drain pump. As this debris accumulates, it will block the water almost completely from draining.

Maytag recommends that you clean the filter anywhere from once per week to once every 2 months depending on the frequency of use. So here’s how to clean it:

  1. Unscrew and remove the front panel
  2. Turn the filter cap slowly in a counterclockwise direction to control water flow
  3. Remove the filter and wash it with warm water to remove any debris
  4. Wipe the filter housing
  5. Reattach the now-clean filter in place and assemble the front panel.

5. Is the Drain Pump Unit Malfunctioning?

Lastly, if the machine is still not draining after cleaning up the filter and checking the hose, the drain pump unit itself might be out of service and need a new replacement to function properly.

Similar to the door switch, this replacement may require professional help, especially if you’re still covered by Maytag’s warranty.


How to Manually Drain the Maytag Washer before troubleshooting?

To avoid making a huge mess while troubleshooting or water leaking where it shouldn’t, it’s recommended that you manually drain the washer before trying any of the previous solutions. Here’s how to safely do it:

  1. Power off the washer, then unplug it from the wall, then push it away from the power outlet if possible.
  2. Using a bucket, scoop out as much water pooling in the drum as possible.
  3. Disconnect the draining hose and empty any remaining water inside into a bucket.
  4. Use a hose cap to prevent any more leaks while troubleshooting.

How much does it cost to fix a Maytag washer that won’t drain?

The costs of fixing a front load Maytag washer depend mainly on the severity of the problem, as it can range from simple clogs all the way to malfunctioning drain pumps and worn water pump belts that need to be replaced.

Based on such issues, the average cost of repairing a Maytag washer’s draining issues is anywhere between $150 to $300.

Is there a diagnostic test option in the Maytag washer?

Many Maytag washers come with a diagnostic test option that can help you identify a problem. However, the feature is available in specific models, so here’s how to run it:

  1. Make sure that the machine is turned on
  2. Using the washer control knob, make 3 full counterclockwise rotations as if you’re clearing a safe combination (doesn’t matter where the dial lands)
  3. Rotate the knob 3 clicks in a clockwise direction
  4. Rotate the knob once in a counterclockwise direction (if you’ve got it right, all lights on the washer will light up)
  5. Rotate the knob once again in a counterclockwise direction (only the spin icon will remain lit)
  6. Press start to run the automatic diagnostic test.

Bottom Line

With that said, you now have a better understanding of your Maytag front loading washer and what it won’t drain.

While many of these fixes don’t need a professional repairman, some replacements and further diagnostics may require their expertise and accuracy to avoid diving into more problems.

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