Maytag Washer Error Code E01 F09

An error code E01 F09 on the screen of your Maytag or Whirlpool Duet washing machine could indicate that you have a drainage issue. And guess what? You don’t even need to call the repair service center to fix the problem. The error is pretty common, and most users can fix it in a matter of minutes.

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the error code E01 F09, its causes, and how to deal with it. Now, let’s get straight to the point!

Fixing the E01 F09 Error Code in Your Maytag Front-Load Washer

There are many possible reasons behind a drainage issue in your Maytag or Whirlpool washer. One or more faulty drainage system components will cause the E01 F09 error code to pop up on the washer’s display, causing a long drain time.

We’re going to explore the causes of this error later, but before that, let’s get your washer into Diagnostic Test Mode to get a better understanding of what’s causing the problem. Here’s how to enable this mode:

  • Press the 3rd button
  • Press the 2nd button; this should make the power and start buttons flash
  • Push the start button to initiate the Diagnostic Test Mode

Once the test is over, the washer should identify the cause of the problem.

Now, let’s explore some of the possible reasons for the error E1 F9 and how to repair them:

Bent Drain Hose

Bent Drain Hose

A bent drain hose may inhibit the washer’s ability to drain the water. Spotting a bent hose is pretty easy, and all you have to do is to straighten it up a little bit. If the hose is damaged beyond repair, it’d be best to change it.

On a side note, the drain hose height must be 96″ or higher. Any less than that, the washer won’t drain correctly.

Faulty Drain Pump

If your drain pump is in poor condition, the washer won’t drain water effectively, causing the error E01 F09 to show up on the electronic control board. You can test the pump by following this procedure:

  • Check for any obstructions throughout the drainage system
  • Use the Quick Diagnostics Test to check the pump and its connections
  • Unplug the washer’s power cord
  • Uninstall the top panel
  • Make sure that the DP2 connector is fully inserted into the Central Control Unit (CCU)
  • Remove the DP2 connector and use an ohmmeter to test the resistance between pin 1 and pin 2
  • If the resistance isn’t somewhere around 16 ohm, proceed with the next steps.
  • If the reading is open, unscrew the front panel and visually inspect the drain pump for blockage
  • Check the connections and ensure that they’re not loose
  • Use the ohmmeter to check for continuity between the CCU and the pump
  • If the test shows a negative, replace the lower harness and recheck the resistance

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Unresponsive Central Control Unit (CCU)

If the pump and its wirings are working fine, this could indicate a problem with the CCU. To change the CCU, follow these steps:

  • Disconnect the washer’s power cord and wait for a couple of seconds
  • Remove the top panel
  • Locate the CCU and unplug it
  • Replace the CCU with a new one
  • Reinstall the top panel and any other parts you disassembled
  • Run a Quick Diagnostic Test to ensure that everything went as expected

Pressure Switch Malfunction

pressure switch malfunction

A faulty pressure sensor can cause issues in your washer’s drain mode, resulting in the error E1 F9. You can test whether the switch is working properly or not with a multimeter.

Also, make sure that you check the pressure hose to make sure that it’s not pinched, leaking air, or clogged.

Dirty Drain Catch

Another possible reason why your washer is displaying the error code E1 F9 is an unclean drain pump filter. You can access the drain catch and clean it by following these steps:

  • Lean the washer at a 45 degree to the wall
  • Unscrew the screws on the bottom front panel
  • Remove the drain cap
  • Clean the drain catch

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Reset My Washing Machine If It Won’t Drain Properly?

A Maytag or Whirlpool Duet washer doesn’t have a reset button. However, you can still reset your machine this way:

  • Unplug the power cord and wait for a few seconds
  • Replug the power cord
  • Push the start button
  • Begin a new wash cycle by choosing a suitable cycle for your items
  • Press the start/pause button to reset the washer

How Do I Clear the Error Code on a Washer?

Sometimes, even after you repair whatever issue that’s causing the error code, the error message doesn’t go away. To clear the error message, you need to press the power button once, then the cancel button twice.

If it’s still there, you can try disconnecting the washing machine for a few minutes.


To recap, fixing the error code E01 F09 on a Maytag or Whirlpool Duet washer is all about maintaining the drainage system. Once you make sure that all of the drainage system components are working properly, the error message should disappear.

These components include the tubing, the pressure switch, drain pump, CCU, and drain catch. If you’re still having a hard time resolving the issue, it’s time to contact the repair center for professional assistance.

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