How to Troubleshoot a Maytag Washer That Will Not Drain


Draining problems with Maytag washer are often related to hoses. Either the inlet hose isn't attached properly, or the drain hose is blocked or has become loose. You can tell when the Maytag washer isn't draining properly because the loads will come out too wet. Loads that are too wet will affect dryer performance as well. Other drainage issues can be related to the detergent.

  • Pull the washer out from the wall and look for kinked or snagged hoses. The drain hose must be inserted into the drain pipe at the wall. Problems can arise if the drainpipe height is outside Maytag's parameters. Maytag requires a maximum height of 96 inches and a minimum height of 39 inches for the washer to pump out water properly.

  • Balance the loads. Larger loads will put more strain on the motor and reduce the spin speed, thus resulting in more residual water.

  • Reduce the amount of detergent, or use a low-sudsing detergent if the Maytag washer is a High Efficiency (HE) model. Look for HE detergent. It has a distinctive logo and will put less strain on the pump.

  • Choose a higher spin speed. The delicate cycles spin at a low speed, causing the wash to come out wetter. Be aware that this does not mean the drain is failing.

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