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How do I Clean a Maytag Washing Machine Filter?

Annie Sisk

In order to prevent accumulated buildup of lint and the growth of unpleasant mildew or mold odors, it's important to clean the lint trap or filter in older top-loading Maytag washing machines.

How do I Clean a Maytag Washing Machine Filter

While most modern Maytag washing machine models self-clean by rinsing accumulated lint through the tub and down the drain, older models may need some additional attention.

Your washing machine is a fairly big investment for your home. Like any major investment, it requires some regular maintenance and attention in order to keep it in prime working order.

One of the maintenance tasks that you should schedule routinely is cleaning the machine’s filter, if applicable. Older top-loading models may not have modern self-cleaning capabilities. As a result, lint and other washed-off materials can stick to the filter or tube surface and present an obstacle to your machine’s smooth and efficient operation. Eventually, your clothes and linens may not come out as clean as they did originally. Given enough time and build-up, the filter can become completely blocked, and ultimately require more serious and expensive professional maintenance. That’s why it’s important to inspect the trap or filter periodically and remove any accumulated matter.

Accumulated lint can reduce your Maytag washing machine’s effectiveness and shorten its useful life. Moreover, a buildup of damp lint can encourage mold and mildew growth, creating unpleasant odors for your clothing and linens. If the material in the filter accumulates to a significant enough level, this can also create more serious problems such as improper drainage, overfilling and diminished efficiency.

Regular cleaning of the lint filter or trap will help reduce these risks. The filter or trap is generally located inside the machine's agitator. Its function is to capture lint and cast-off fibers. Regular attention to the filter will keep your machine operating in peak condition and prevent a buildup of those unpleasant odors.

Depending on the frequency of use, you may want to check your filter every one to two months to keep your machine running properly.

    Open the Lid

  1. To clean the filter, you’ll need access to the agitator, which is located in the middle of the machine’s tub. Make sure the machine is turned off, then open the lid of the washing machine.

  2. Remove the Agitator Tube

  3. Locate the agitator tube in the center of the washing machine tub. Lift the tube out of the machine’s interior.

  4. Warning

    If the agitator tube doesn't slide out with light effort, don't force it. You could damage the agitator and then need to schedule an expensive service call.

    Clean the Tube's Surface

  5. First, wipe down the surface of the agitator tube with a damp paper towel or sponge. You may also need to use your hands to peel off particularly stubborn lint manually.

  6. Reassemble the Machine

  7. Once you've wiped down the tube, simply replace it in the machine's tub and close the lid.