How to Replace the Pump on a Maytag Washing Machine


If your Maytag washing machine suddenly stops draining properly, its pump could be damaged. Rather than paying a repair technician to fix the pump or buying a new machine entirely, consider replacing the washing machine pump on your own. By familiarizing yourself with the setup of your Maytag washer, you can successfully replace the pump and many other parts if so needed in the future.

Things You'll Need

  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Bucket
  • Screwdriver
  • Ratchet set
  • Dry cloths
  • Remove all clothing from the machine. Use the wet/dry vacuum to remove any water from the machine or use a bucket to bail the water out.

  • Turn off the power at the breaker box and then turn the water off at the supply valves in the washroom. Disconnect the water supply lines from the water supply.

  • Find a good place to work. Replacing the pump on a top-loading washing machine may require lying the washing machine on its back. If you don't have room to do this in your washroom, you'll have to move the machine somewhere else.

  • Remove the service panel from the back of the machine. Disconnect the washing machine drain line -- the rubber drain hose that comes from the washing machine tub and goes to the pump inlet. Disconnect the rubber pump outlet hose. Keep the wet/dry vacuum nearby to clean up any water that drains from the pump or hoses.

  • Remove the fasteners that hold the pump to the bottom of the machine. Be careful to remove the drive belt from the pulley below the pump. Remove the old pump and replace it with the new one. Put the drive belt back on the pulley and adjust the tension on it. Reinsert the fasteners.

  • Reconnect the rubber pump inlet and discharge lines and lift the washing machine back up to its normal position. Reconnect the supply lines and turn the water and power back on.

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