Problems With a Maytag Top-Load Washing Machine

Many homeowners enjoy the convenience of having a washing machine inside their home when it comes time to do laundry, and they often choose a Maytag top-loading washer because of the brand’s strong service reputation. However, as with all appliances, problems may occasionally arise with your washer that prevent it from operating effectively. While some of these issues may require the assistance of a trained service technician, you may be able to resolve some of them if you familiarize yourself with their possible causes.


A Maytag top-loading washing machine may occasionally experience leaks. Improper installation can often cause leaks, so you should examine the washer’s fill hoses to make sure they are tightly connected to the machine. To prevent leaks, the four fill hose washers must also be properly placed on the hose according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If your Maytag washer leaks, you may also want to check the drain hose connection to make sure it is tightly fastened to the laundry tub or drainpipe. Clogged pipes or other leaks in your home’s plumbing may also cause a Maytag washer to leak. In addition, make sure that your washer is level, because water may splash from the basket during operation if the washer is not level. Unbalanced laundry loads may also cause water to splash from the tub.

Poor Drainage

Some Maytag washers may occasionally experience drainage problems that leave clothing soaked after the spin cycle. Typically, poor drainage is due to an installation error with the drain hose. A drain hose form must be used, and the hose must be firmly attached to the tub or drainpipe. The drain opening should be free of tape so water can flow through freely. In addition, the drain hose should be installed no higher than 96 inches above the floor, or there may be issues with drainage. Clogs in the drain hose may also cause water to back up into the washer tub.

Excessive Vibration

A Maytag top-loading washer may experience excessive vibration on occasion. Usually, this occurs because the washer’s feet are not in contact with the floor, so it rocks back and forth. The ground beneath the washing machine must be level, so the machine itself is level. In addition, the jam nuts at the bottom of the washer’s cabinet must be fastened tightly to the washer to keep the machine from rocking back and forth.

Rinse Failure

Some Maytag top-loading washers may experience rinse problems, which results in detergent residue on your laundry after the spin cycle has completed. In most cases, a problem with the water supply is responsible for the washer’s failure to rinse properly. Examine the hot and cold inlet hoses to make sure they have not been accidentally reversed during installation. In addition, their connections must be firmly secured, and both the hot and cold water faucets must be open to the washer. A clogged inlet valve screen and kinks or crimps in the inlet hoses may also cause a Maytag washer to experience rinse failure.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.