How to Drain a Broken Maytag Washing Machine

Maytag has been manufacturing washing machines in America for over 70 years and is one of the most popular appliance brands in the United States. Unfortunately, even Maytags aren't immune from wear and tear. If you go to check on your laundry, only to find your appliance sitting still and full of water, you'll have to drain your broken Maytag washing machine as soon as possible so your laundry doesn't start to mildew. Fortunately, it is not a difficult process.

Don't let a broken Maytag washing machine ruin your laundry day.

Step 1

Check the switch underneath the lid. Maytags will spin only if the switch underneath the lid is depressed. Lift up the lid and locate the switch, usually along the side of the top. Press this with the end of a pencil or plastic - something nonconductive - to see if the washer starts up and drains. If it does, you are all set. Allow the machine to drain and consult a professional for permanent repairs. If not, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2

Unplug the washing machine from the wall.

Step 3

Follow the drain hose from where it terminates in the wall down to the bottom of the machine. Unscrew the drain hose coupling to remove the hose from the machine. This will allow the water in the Maytag washing machine to empty. The problem is that it will empty all over your floor. Have plenty of towels on hand. If you'd rather not opt for the messy method, try Step 4, below.

Step 4

Purchase a siphon pump (See Resources, below). Place one end into the washer. Place the other end into a bucket or other suitable container. Begin pumping. It may take several buckets to empty the machine. If you'd rather not spend the money on a pump (or don't have the time) and prefer a neater method than allowing the water to run all over the floor in your laundry room, try Step 5 below.

Step 5

Use a cup or other container to bail out the Maytag washing machine by hand. This process is time-consuming, but will keep the water off your floor. Wipe up any remaining water in the machine with towels or sponges.


  • Always exercise caution when working around water and electricity.
  • After draining, have your Maytag checked by a professional.

About the Author

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.