Maytag washing machine does not drain / keeps draining - ready to do it yourself (2023)

Maytag washing machine does not drain / keeps draining - ready to do it yourself (1)

Maytag is a subsidiary of Whirlpool and owns almost half of the popular washing machine market. These machines are used weekly, if not several times a week, and can sometimes stop working.

If your Maytag washing machine does not drain or constantly drains, there is likely a problem with the pump or drain hose. Make sure there are no obstructions that could impede the flow of water. Also, check that the door lock is OK and that the water inlet valve is not damaged.

In this article, we discuss the most common causes of deflation issues on your Maytag and what you can do to correct them at home.

Maytag washing machine does not drain well

Maytag washing machine does not drain / keeps draining - ready to do it yourself (2)

There are a few reasons why your washing machine isn't draining properly, and most are easy to fix at home. If you notice that your washing machine is not draining or getting clothes wet, consider the following:

  • Is the drain hose free?A small kink in this hose can restrict the flow of water and prevent the machine from draining properly. A blockage in the hose also affects the flow of water.
  • Is the drain hose too high?For the drain hose to work, it must be no higher than 96 inches (244 cm) from the floor. If it's too high, water can back up into the machine.
  • Which cycle did you choose?A gentle cycle doesn't spin the clothes the same way, often leaving a little water in the machine and the clothes wet.
  • How big was the load?When the washer is overloaded and cramped, it can be difficult to drain properly.
  • do you have foam?Too much detergent can clog the pump and prevent a proper wash and drain cycle.
  • Is the lid closed/locked?If the lid is opened during the cycle or before the cycle is complete, the machine essentially stops. For safety reasons, the cycle does not continue, including the drain.
  • Have you checked the drain pump?The drain pump catches loose objects and hair and prevents them from clogging the drain hose. However, if it gets too full, it won't work as well.

Many new washing machines come with screens that show an error code if a problem is detected. You can find the relevant information in the manual to find out what the problem is.

In the video below you can see how to run diagnostics on an older machine without a digital display. To decode the code, you will need the technical manual:

As you can see, understanding the codes can be tricky, but it is possible to run the diagnostics yourself to diagnose the problem.

What can you do

Before starting, always try to unplug your device and turn it off for at least 30 seconds. After reinsertion, the programs are restarted. In some cases, this is usually enough to fix internal errors. At this point, you can run diagnostics to try to get an error code.

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If you don't have the guidance or ability to run diagnostics, there are a few steps you need to take to check your device. When checking your device, always leave it disconnected and completely turned off. Also, turn off the water supply before accessing the internal parts.

Check the drain hose for blockages

The best way to do this is to remove the hose from the machine and blow air through it. When the hose is free, air flows easily. If something is stuck, you won't be able to force air through the hose. If this happens, try to unclog it, but it may need to be replaced.

Check the drain hose for damage

If the drain hose is free, there may still be damage that requires replacement with a new hose. In some cases, the hose can become bent or damaged after repeated use. You may see rips or creases that cannot be smoothed out. If this is the case, it must be replaced.

Check the spin cycle at the end of a gentle cycle

When running a delicate cycle, the machine is designed not to agitate the clothes too much. However, this usually means a gentle spin, which can get clothes very wet.

If you want to use the delicate cycle, you must select an additional spin, which is carried out before the end of the wash cycle. This will ensure that any remaining water is centrifuged. You can often select a short spin cycle that won't damage your clothes.

Check door lock mechanism

If your door does not close properly, the washing machine may not be able to perform its functions. Safety features prevent the cycles from working if the door is not closed and latched or is open.

Check the door latch and latch for damage and make sure they lock. You can do this by enabling parental controls to see if they activate.

If the lid is opened (on a top loading machine), the cycle will stop as a safety precaution. It may be necessary to restart the machine and repeat the cycle.

Check the drain pump

Most front loading pumps can be accommodated behind a removable cover on the lower front. Be careful when removing the lid as there may be water inside. It's best to place towels under the pump and a bucket to catch any spilled water.


Slowly open the front to allow any remaining water to drain out. Remove the filter and clean the pump by removing any objects that may have accumulated in the filter. Clean and replace everything.

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You can see how to find and clean the drain pump on a front-loading washing machine in the following video:

On top loading machines, the drain pump is usually located at the rear of the machine. Carefully remove and clean in the same way. Also check the moving parts of the pump to make sure everything is OK.

If you find no obstructions, the pump may have failed and needs to be replaced. It's best to have it done by a professional to make sure everything is replaced correctly and works properly.

Check load levels and detergent quantities

If you overload your washing machine with clothes, it will not work properly. The packaging of the machine does not allow water to pass through or drain well. Likewise, using too much detergent will result in excess foam that can actually clog the hose, making it difficult for the water to drain. Always follow suggested guidelines when adding detergent.

Maytag Washer Won't Stop Draining

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If your washing machine keeps trying to drain, there is likely a problem with the drain pump. If the drain pump becomes clogged or blocked in any way, your washer will continue to fill and drain, or attempt to drain, even when there is no more water.

Another reason your washing machine keeps draining is a problem with the water inlet valve. This valve is responsible for bringing water into your machine. If this valve is connected to the water mains and becomes damaged or stops working, it could cause water to flow into the machine. At this point, the pump is still trying to drain the water from the machine.


A final cause could be that the machine is in flood mode. This can happen if the machine takes a long time to fill or if the water pressure drops suddenly. In that case, unplugging the device for 30 minutes should complete the cycle to allow for a reset.

What can you do

As mentioned above, you should always turn off your washing machine and turn off the water before attempting to diagnose problems with your washing machine.

Check the drain hose and drain pump

Just as a clogged drain hose or pump can prevent your machine from draining, so too can it prevent proper drainage.

Follow the steps above to check the drain hose and drain pump for anything that could be restricting the flow of water. A clog can cause the drain to stay open. In this case, the machine may not recognize that the drain is active and will continue to pump water into the machine. Removing the stuck parts allows the pump to open and close as needed.

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Check the water inlet valve

This valve has hot and cold water hoses that connect to the water line and are responsible for filling your machine when a cycle is selected. If the valve becomes damaged or stops working, it can continue to pump water into your machine by activating the drain pump.

First check the screen/filter to see if there is anything that could be causing a problem. It is not uncommon for this to fail.

Second, you can carefully remove the valve and test the solenoid with a multimeter when everything is off. If you don't get a reading between 500 and 1500, the valve is faulty and needs to be replaced.

final thoughts

Always unplug your washer before starting manual diagnostics. Since many drain problems are caused by clogs in the pump and drain hose, these are the first things to check. By cleaning and removing anything that may have caught it, you will find that the problem is resolved.

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However, if there are no obstructions, it may be necessary to check that the door latch works in conjunction with the water inlet valve. If any of them are damaged or not working, the machine may stop working properly.

If you can't find any clogs and everything looks fine, consider having your washer serviced by a professional.

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