Maytag Bravos Washer Error Code 5D

Pinpointing what’s causing the 5D or SD code in your Maytag Bravos washing machine can be tricky, especially that there’s more than one possible cause for the error. For example, it could be that excessive detergent suds occurred, or maybe there’s a blockage somewhere in the drainage system.

Luckily, you can still figure out how to fix it without requiring professional assistance, but you need to educate yourself about the possible causes and their solutions first. And that’s exactly why we’ve created this guide to walk you through the diagnosis until you’re able to get your washer up and running again!

How to Fix the Error Code 5D or SD in a Maytag Bravos Washing Machine

Here are some of the possible reasons behind an 5D fault code in Maytag washers:

Technical Glitch

Maytag Bravos Washer Error Code 5D

Your Maytag washer could be displaying the excessive suds code because of a simple electronic glitch. You can get rid of the glitch by resetting the appliance as follows:

  • Unplug the power cord.
  • Wait for a few minutes to allow the electric charge to clear out from the central control unit.
  • Reconnect the power cord.
  • Run a clean washer cycle to test if the error was fixed.

Improper Type of Detergent or Additives

Using low-quality detergent or additives to wash your clothes with a top or front-loading Maytag washer will likely cause drainage issues, triggering the 5D error code. You can switch to other high-efficiency soaps or additives that don’t produce much foam or bubbles and see if that solves the problem.

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Excess Detergent

Another possible cause for the SD code is using too much detergent. With excess suds, the washer automatically extends the rinse time and may also stop the normal cycle completely. You can prevent excess suds by simply using the right amount of detergent.

Not sure if you’re using excessive detergent suds or not? Just refer back to the tech sheet to know the exact amount of detergent you need to use to prevent error codes from popping up.

If you use soft water to wash your clothing, it’s advised that you use half the amount of soap recommended by the manufacturer.

Blocked Drain Hose

drain hose

One of the most common reasons why Maytag washing machines display the SD code is a blockage in the drain hose. This makes the rinse cycle longer and causes problems with the drainage system.

You can inspect the hose by following these steps:

  • Unplug the power cord from the washer.
  • Pull it away from the wall.
  • Disconnect the hose from both ends and straighten it.
  • Pass water through the hose to ensure that it’s passing unobstructed.
  • If you think that something is blocking water flow, use a metal rod to clean the hose from the inside.

Faulty Water Pressure Controller

If the pressure switch is sending out incorrect signals, your washer may display the SD fault code. Replace the pressure switch and check if the fault code is cleared out.

Malfunctioning Motor Control Board

control board

This one is less likely, but the SD error code could pop up because of a problem with the main control panel. You can check the board by following these steps:

  • Turn off the washer.
  • Move it a few feet away from the wall.
  • Remove the rear access panel by unscrewing the bolts that hold it to the washer.
  • Locate the board.
  • Look for signs of damage like rust or melts.
  • Replace the control board with a new one if needed.

Check the CCU’s Connections

Damaged wire harness connections leading up to the CCU may cause the 5D error code in your Maytag Bravos front or top-load washer. In that case, you can replace the worn-out connections to fix it.

Clogged Drain Pump Filter

A dirty drain filter may inhibit the machine from draining properly. Try to remove the back panel and check the filter to see if something is blocking it. Clean the filter thoroughly until all the dirt particles are removed, then run the washer one more time.

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How to Enter the Diagnostic Mode on My Maytag Bravos Washer?

To run a diagnostic on your Maytag Bravos washing machine, do the following:

  • Put the washer in standby mode.
  • Alternate between pressing/holding and releasing any of the buttons except the power, stop and start buttons.
  • You should now see the number “88″ on display, indicating that the washer is in diagnostic mode.

What Can I Do If I Fix the Technical Problem on My Washer and the Fault Code Persists?

If you fix your appliance, but the fault code won’t clear out, doing a hard reset may help. It’s as simple as unplugging and replugging the power cord.


Just like many of the Maytag Bravos washer error codes, the 5D error code can be fixed by the user. Reset the machine and start a clean washer cycle to verify that there are no technical glitches.

If that doesn’t work, try changing the quantity and type of detergent, and don’t forget to make a visual inspection of the drainage system too.

If you didn’t have much luck resolving the problem yourself, your last resort would be to contact a repair center for professional help. The technician will inspect the washer and recommend the necessary course of action to take.

There’s one more thing you need to keep in mind: don’t expose yourself to danger when diagnosing your washer. Turn off the washer before attempting to do anything and wear protective gear if needed. Your safety should always be a priority.

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