I'm a complete dumbass when it comes to repairing home appliances, but
with this being a weekend, we have a small emergency.
Our Maytag front-loader washer is not draining the water after a
cycle. In fact, the water is still soapy, leading me to think that it
is just keeping the same water through all the cycles of a wash.
Is this something that I might attempt to fix, and if so what/where
should I look? Or am I doomed to go find a laundromat and wait for a
repairman to come out next week?
Well, it spins, but I can only see/hear a trickle of water initially,
then nothing for the duration of the spin cycle, The washer is in the
laundry room on the 1st floor and it drains into a standing pipe. It
runs through all the cycles, but at the end, the water in there is
still the soapy, dirty water from the original wash.
Sounds like the drain pump/hose is clogged or the pump itself is not
working. I once had a blockage from a stuffed animal that broke apart
and clogged the pump. It was straightfoward to remove the panel and
gain access to the pump.
Not sure how it is on front loaders, but on most top loaders like
mine, the pump is a seperate component that is easy to get at. You
might want to visit a site like this for help.
I opened the back and the pump is quite separate from the rest of the
components. One concern I have is that I open anything there, all the
water in the machine will come running out into the innards of the
washer. Not good. I did remove as much water as I could, but there is
water below the perforated drum that I cannot reach.
if the pump is higher than the level of water it wont come gushing out
on ya, if there filter idea doest work i would take a five gallon pail
and disconect the line from the inlet side of the pump .. at least
then you would know if its before or after the pump
Well, from what I can tell the pump (and where the hoses connect to it
front and back is below the drum. and less than an inch off the floor.
I can't get anything but perhaps a cookie sheet (if I can find a
smallish one with a rim) in there. Tomorrow I have to leave early, but
later in the day I might try to post a pic. Perhaps I'm looking at the
Hi Mike... try here...
neighbor called me last week to see if I could find the problem as THERE IS
a filter that needs to be cleaned....hers wouldn't drain either and it was a
front load also. She just finished washing some kind of fluffy
quilt.........85 dollars later she had a repairman "find " it for her and
cleaned it out...now she says now that she knows where the damned thing is
she can do it herself... hope that link is of some help... Jim
That Maytag link (and all the others I could find) are so generic and
they don't mention a filter at all. I can't seem to find any good
manuals on the web either. None of the Maytag help mentions anything
that involves removing scres from the back of the machine. :\ But
hey, thanks for helping. I didn't actually find the link you posted,
so that's one more thing I could look at.
Once many many moons, errr decades, ago when I was dumber than I am now
about appliances I had that same thing happen. Repair man came and reached
way up in the rim of the tub and pulled out a sock.
Don't ask for details or tell me that's impossible. I won't argue.
Hey Mike, the other guys probably have it tagged better but there's one
obvious one it could be.
With all this cold weather, make sure the drain pipe isnt frozen. If you
can unplug from it then pour some water down (if you are in one of the areas
hit hard enough to be frozen), you'll be able to check for a blockage there.
If it fills fast and overflows, you've got your answer.
My wife didn't want me to unscrew stuff and let water run out, so in
the (mistaken) belief that a qualified repair person qould make less
of a mess, we called out our trusted appliance guy. He tool one look
and said that he does not work on Maytag front-loaders. and left (no
charge). Called another company htat sent some guys out. They
unscreed the pipes, made a mess that took several towels to blot up
and found caked together washer detergent blocking the drain opening.
Turns out my wife has recently started using granular Oxyclean in the
wash, and had disregarded the instructions to not mix the HE
detergent and Oxyclean granules, so we had these little undissolved
blobs of gunk in there. $110 lesson.
Where were those instructions? I just looked through all the
paperwork on our Frigidaire affinity washer & no mention of Oxyclean-
which my wife uses liberally.
Is it Maytag specific- or was it on the Oxyclean or HE detergent?
Hmm. Are you in California? Just wondering is they have
restrictions on some chemical that is available to the rest of us. I
bought this box at Samsclub a few months ago. [NY] I didn't see
any warnings last time looked, but since you said it was on the box I
looked closer this time.
My box has a little logo [smaller than the 'O' in Oxi Clean] that is a
He logo with "For regular and HE Washers". Maybe new/old
stock? Or maybe a chemical restriction where you are?
Glad we can use it without guilt as changing my wife's laundry habits
is not a battle I'd choose to begin.
[want me to send you a box?<g>]
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