Leaking Maytag Washers


On occasion you may notice a puddle of water near your Maytag washing machine. This is not a reason to panic, but it should not be ignored. Address the problem by troubleshooting why your Maytag appliance is leaking.

  • Use a wrench to tighten the "fill" hoses connected to the back of the washer. Even if the hoses have been connected for a long time, there is a possibility they may have become loose.

  • Check that the hook of the drain hose is inserted properly into the drainpipe. If the drain hose is not fully inserted, the water that drains from it can leak into the floor.

  • Use only high-efficiency (HE) detergent in your washer if your Maytag owner's manual calls for it. HE detergent eliminates a lot of the suds that normally occur in a washer. If there are too many soap suds, the washer has a tendency to leak from the door and the rear of the cabinet.

  • Clean the underside of the glass window periodically to avoid leaks. Residue on the underside of the door can lead to leaks.

  • Wait for the washing cycle to complete before attempting to open the washer -- particularly if you own a front-load washer. Many front-load models lock themselves during a cycle and stay that way until the cycle is completed. It is better to not even attempt to pull open the washer door until the washer is finished with the washing cycle.

  • Inspect the fill hose for kinks or cracks. A fill hose that is not in good condition is more likely to leak. Unscrew the fill hoses from the wall and the washer and replace them with new ones, if needed.

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