Is your Maytag washer having drainage issues? Then find out why it’s backed up and how you can get the water to empty again with the help of the tips in this article.

If your Maytag washer won’t drain you should check the position of the drain hose in the standpipe or laundry tub. You should also straighten out any kinks in the hose and remove any clogs from it. Ensure you clean the filter and load the washer correctly. 

Not all Maytag washers are the same, so why won’t your particular model drain? Coming up next, you’ll see specific instructions that will help you to fix Maytag top and front loaders.

3 Steps to Fix Your Maytag Top Load HE Washer

Maytag top load washers are popular thanks to their speed and large washer doors. But what should you do if your top loader is not draining properly? Take a look at the following steps that will help you fix a drainage problem on this model. 

Step #1 Take a Look at the Drain Hose’s Position

Have you recently installed your Maytag Top Load HE washer but are already having draining problems with it? Then the chances are, there is an issue with the drain hose’s installation. If installed incorrectly, the water that should drain away from the washer could drain right back into it. 

Your Maytag Top Load HE washer needs to be in the right position for the water to drain. This is what yours should look like:

  • The drain hose should not extend more than 8 inches into the standpipe or laundry tub
  • You should not tape the drain hose to the drain pipe

Step #2 Check the Drain Hose’s Condition

The next thing to do is to check the condition of your drain hose. If the drain hose has any kinks in it, the water will not be able to flow out of it properly. Any clogs inside the hose will also inhibit the water from draining. 

To fix these problems do the following:

  1. Straighten out the hose pipe and remove any kinks
  2. Unclog the hose
Hand Holding Clogged Drain Hose
Remove any clogs from the hose.

Step #3 Use High-Efficiency Detergent

Which detergent do you put in your Maytag washer and how much of it do you use? Putting too much detergent or the wrong type of detergent in your washer can cause draining issues. It can produce excessive suds and wet loads. 

To prevent this from happening, follow these tips:

  • Only use HE high-efficiency detergent in your HE washer
  • Do not overfill the washer with detergent
  • Use less detergent if you live in a soft water area
Overfilling Washer With Detergent
Do not overfill the washer with detergent.

2 Steps to Fix Your Maytag Front Load Washer

Maytag front load washers are well sought after because of their ability to spin and their economic water and electricity consumption. But what should you do if your Maytag Front Loader isn’t draining well? Take a look at the following two steps to find out.

Step #1 Clean the Drain Pump Filter

Your Maytag Front Load Washer’s filter needs to be kept clear. When clear, the water will easily be able to drain away from the machine. You should clean the filter on your washer periodically. 

Hand holding dirt to unclog washer drain filter
Clean the drain pump filter periodically.

Step #2 Take a Look at the Drain Hose’s Position

Your Maytag Front Load washer needs to be in the right position for the water to drain properly. If the hose is not in the right place, water could drain back into it instead of draining out of it. This is what yours should look like:

  • The drain hose should not extend more than 4.5 inches into the standpipe or laundry tub
  • You should not tape the drain hose to the drain pipe
  • You should not cover the top of the drain pipe with tape. It should be loose but at the same time securely attached.
  • The drain should be at least 30 inches from the ground. If it’s any lower, gravity will cause water to flow out of the washer.

4 Steps to Fix Your Maytag Top Load HE Washer (Electronic Control)

Your Maytag Top Load HE Washer with electronic controls is a mastermind of engineering. It washes clothes quickly with all of the modern controls that simplify the process. But what should you do if your machine doesn’t drain properly? Here are 4 steps that will help you fix this problem.

Step #1 Take a Look at the Drain Hose’s Position

Does your Maytag Top Load HE washer (Electronic Control) have draining problems? Does the water that should drain away from the washer drain back into it?

Your Maytag Top Load HE washer needs to be in the right position for the water to drain properly. This is what yours should look like:

  • The drain hose should not extend more than 5 inches into the standpipe or laundry tub
  • The drain hose should not reach higher than 96 inches from the ground
  • You should not tape the drain hose to the drain pipe

Step #2 Check the Drain Hose’s Condition

The next thing to do is to check the condition of your drain hose. If the drain hose has any kinks in it, the water will not be able to flow out of it properly. Any clogs inside the hose will also inhibit the water from exiting the machine. 

To fix these problems do the following:

  1. Straighten out the hose pipe and remove any kinks
  2. Unclog the hose
Washer Drain Hose
Straighten out the drain hose pipe.

Step #3 Use High-Efficiency Detergent

Which detergent do you put in your Maytag washer and how much of it do you use? Putting too much detergent or the wrong type of detergent in your washer can cause draining issues. It can produce excessive suds and wet loads. 

To prevent this from happening, follow these tips:

  • Only use HE high-efficiency detergent in your HE washer
  • Do not overfill the washer with detergent
  • Use less detergent if you live in a soft water area

Step #4 Load the Washer Correctly

You must load your Maytag Top Load HE Washer (Electronic Control) correctly for it to drain well. A load that is unbalanced or overly packed will not allow the washer to spin as it should. This will leave the machine with too much water inside it and will struggle to drain. 

Here are a couple of tips that will help you to fix this problem:

  • Evenly arrange your load
  • Do not overfill the washer
  • Use the RINSE+SPIN setting. This will remove excess water from the clothes and out of the washer. 
Front View Of An Overfilled Washer
Evenly arrange your load.

Fixing a Maytag Washing Machine That Won’t Drain

These are just a few common reasons why your Maytag washing machine might not be draining. You need to take a closer look at the drain pump, and you need to make sure there is not a clog in the washing machine itself. You may also want to take a look at the door motor and the lid switch assembly.

If you have to replace a part of your Maytag washing machine, you may want to reach out to a professional who can help you. That way, you can figure out how expensive this is going to be, how much a new washing machine is going to be, and whether it is worth it for you. 

Finally, maintaining your washing machine is key. If you do, you should be able to reduce the risk of developing issues with it.

Conclusion

Do you have a Maytag washer that won’t drain? This is a frustrating and not-too-uncommon issue with Magtag top and front-load machines. Thankfully, this article has run through a bunch of ways that you can fix this problem no matter the model of your washer. 

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Craig