As a maker of high-quality appliances for decades, Maytag knows that even the best appliances experience issues from time to time. More likely than not, you took a lot of time to research your washing machine's features and benefits before purchasing it. But you probably didn’t spend much time researching all the different Maytag washing machine error codes and what they mean.

Thankfully, you’ll never have to. We’ve assembled a helpful guide to all the different error codes you’ll see on top-loading and front-loading Maytag washing machines.

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Maytag Washing Machine Issues

When it comes to washing machine error codes, some issues crop up more often than others. Here are some common washing machine issues and how to resolve them:

  • Load balance issues: Top-loading washing machines need the load to be relatively balanced within the basket. If your machine refuses to operate because of an unbalanced load, simply redistribute the load more evenly.
  • Water not draining: This can be caused by an installation issue or a drain issue. The error code tends to pop up when the washer takes more than eight minutes to drain.
  • Washer door can’t be locked: A washer door that won’t lock is usually caused by an object stuck in the door lock. Check the door for any small items or lint buildup. Removing any obstructions will typically fix this issue.

Error Codes for Top-Loading Maytag Washing Machines

Error Code




Draining issue

Review the washer hose installation to ensure the hose is installed correctly.

F#, E#, F##

System error

Press Start/Pause to clear the code, then press it again to restart the washer. If the issue persists, contact a professional.


Hot and cold inlet hoses installed in reverse

Turn off the water supply and swap the hoses so that each is connected to the correct inlet.


Lid cannot lock

Check the locking mechanism for any obstructions that are preventing the lid from locking properly.


Lid cannot unlock

This usually occurs when items are placed on top of the washer lid. Remove any items from the lid to allow it to unlock.

LF, Lo FL, F8 E1

Fill cycle takes too long

Check the water supply in your home to ensure that both the hot and cold water supplies are active.


Lid left open

Close the lid to clear the code.


Unbalanced load

If the washer has stopped, open the washer, evenly redistribute the load, and then close the lid and restart the cycle.


Oversized load

If the washer has stopped, remove several items from the basket and restart the cycle.


Power failure

Touch and hold Start to restart the washer cycle after it was interrupted by a power failure. Press Power if you only need to clear the code.


Excessive suds

Ensure you used the correct detergent. Open the lid and allow the water to drain, then manually remove the excess suds.

Error Codes for Front-Loading Maytag Washing Machines

Error Code




Control lock activated

Press the control lock button. Some models require you to press and hold the button, while others require a single press.


Detergent cartridge was not detected

Ensure the cartridge is inserted into the dispenser drawer correctly. If you are using single-load doses of detergent, ignore this message.


Cycle interrupted

Press the pause or cancel button twice. If the code does not clear, disconnect the washer for one minute.

rL, F34

Items detected during a clean washer cycle

Remove the items from the basket and restart the cycle.

Sud, Sd

Excessive suds

This code will automatically clear as the washer takes additional time to clear the water and suds. Ensure you use the correct detergent and check the drain hose for any kinks or clogs.

F5 E2

The Door is not locking properly

Ensure that there are no items blocking the door’s locking mechanism.

F7 E1

Motor speed sensing error

Check for any remaining shipping bolts and ensure the washer load is not excessive.

F8 E1, LO FL

Low water flow

Check your home’s water system to ensure that the flow is functioning. If the flow rate is fine, make sure your water inlet hoses are not kinked or clogged.

F8 E2

Dispenser system issue

Select models only. Ensure the detergent drawer or cartridge is not clogged with detergent.

F9 E1

Excessive drain time

Make sure the drain hose is not clogged or kinked.

Other F# E# code

Other error

Disconnect the washer for one minute and reconnect it. If the code does not clear, contact a professional.

Find a Mr. Appliance® Professional in Your Area

Maytag washing machine error codes might not make sense the first time you see them, but with this guide, you can tackle any code that appears on your screen. If you cannot clear a code or need help with your washer or other appliance repairs, your local Mr. Appliance is here to help. Call us or schedule service online for prompt washing machine repair.

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