A front-loading washing machine that won't drain may need nothing more than a simple filter cleaning, especially if it's a Maytag. Learn how to access the filter and how to clean it.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December / January 2011
Tilt the washer back and slide blocks under the front legs for easier access to the
screws. Remove the screws and lift off the front panel.
If your washer has a filter that's separate from the drain pump, you'll see it alongside
the pump. Unscrew the filter by turning it counterclockwise. Clean it out and reinstall it.
If your front-loading washing machine doesn't drain, there could be an easy
fix, especially if you own a newer Maytag washer. Even though some instruction
manuals don't mention it, there's a filter near the water pump that catches
stuff before it gets into the pump and causes damage. If the filter gets
clogged, it can prevent your machine from draining. In some cases, a code
number will show up on the digital display. If you look up the code in the
instruction manual, it will indicate a problem with suds or tell you to check
the filter. On Maytag front loaders, it's easy to avoid these problems by cleaning
the filter every six months. On newer Maytag machines, you can access the
filter easily by removing the front panel (Photo 1). On Frigidaire and some other
brands, the filter is part of the pump and you'll have to remove a hose or the
entire pump to clean it.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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