How To Fix A Maytag Washer Leaking From The Bottom? (Solved!)

Maytag makes some of the most reliable and long-lasting washing machines and is among America’s favorites. I do not regret buying mine, as it has proven to be a great purchase.

But even the best have their bad days, and Maytag washers can sometimes leak from the bottom, which can be super frustrating.

In this article, I will go over why this might be happening to your Maytag washer and how you can fix it in no time.

Maytag Washer Leaks From The Bottom

How To Fix A Maytag Washer Leaking From The Bottom? (Solved!)

Your Maytag washer may leak from the bottom due to a faulty pressure switch, broken water inlet valve, or a faulty detergent dispenser, among many other issues. These issues can be fixed by making changes or replacing said parts.

1. Ensure a tight seal

Another solution you might be overlooking is the door latch not closing all the way through, which could be caused due to several reasons.

As a safety precaution, Maytag washers will not start unless the door is not entirely closed. However, there are still chances that the seal might need to be tight enough for water.

Here’s what you should check concerning the door latch:

  • Close the door firmly- Even if the door might appear close to you, it might need a firmer push to get the latch to lock. You will hear a click when it’s latched properly.
  • Look for blockages- Clean out lint or dirt that might be left over from your previous use of the washer, which could be causing the latch not to engage correctly.
  • Check for a broken latch- If the washer still leaks, then the latch may be broken and cannot ensure a seal. I recommend you call a Maytag technician to replace your door latch.

2. Replace the water inlet valve

As the name implies, the water inlet valve in your washer feeds it water. If the valve is not functioning, it will lead to the washer taking more water than it needs.

The washer has mechanisms that do not enable it to start unless it detects enough water inside. Still, a malfunctioning inlet valve cannot stop the overflow of water.

Here’s what you should do regarding the water inlet valve in your Maytag washer:

  • Check if the water inlet valves are open if you recently turned off the water supply to your washing machine.
  • Test the solenoids in your valve to see if they are still functioning; if not, have a professional replace them.
  • Look to clear out any mineral blockages in your valves and pipes. This issue will be more prevalent if you have hard water in your home, and you might want to invest in a softener.
  • Check if the valves are broken or appear larger than they should be, as this might cause them to let in more water than needed for the cycle.

3. Clean the detergent dispenser

Your Maytag washer could also be leaking due to a fault in the detergent dispenser, and leaking caused by the detergent dispenser occurs when water and soap build-up accumulate.

This causes water to drip down from the dispenser. But this also happens to be the easiest solution to the problem.

 Try these steps to clean your dispenser:

  1. Pull the dispenser drawer fully outward.
  2. Press the push button to release the drawer.
  3. Remove each component of the drawer gently, as they are delicate.
  4. Wash the parts with a soft cloth and warm water, and remove all residue.
  5. Rinse the drawer under warm water.
  6. Look for build-up in the drawer cavity and wipe it clean with a wet cloth.
  7. Reinstall the drawer and all its components when they have been dried out.

4. Inspect the drain hose

The drain hose of your Maytag washer is what lets it pump water out of the tub during a spin cycle and is crucial for your machine to function correctly.

Automatic washing machines like Maytag pump the wastewater through the drain hose periodically throughout the rinse cycles.

A drain hose that is incorrectly installed or damaged may cause the washer to operate slower and cause costly water damage from leaks.

Suppose you hear the washer’s pump operating, but water is leaking from the bottom. In that case, the drain clog likely needs cleaning or replacement.

You can easily clean or replace a drain hose yourself. It can be found at the back of the washer and removed without much trouble. But make sure you buy the correct hose for your washer.

5. Repair or replace the drain pump

If you overlook a fault in the drain hose, the blame might lie on the drain pump, the instrument responsible for pumping water out of the drain hose.

A drain pump may degrade over the years as the bearings can get worn out or be damaged by foreign objects, causing the pump to leak water.

Usually, a malfunctioning pump will make a rumbling noise and cause the washer to shake and rattle excessively when in use.

Here’s what you can do to check the condition of the drain pump-

  1. Firstly (and most importantly), unplug your Maytag washer from the wall.
  2. Remove the access panel at the back.
  3. Locate the pump and the various hoses coming out of it.
  4. Inspect the pump for signs of damage, like cracks, or broken parts

Depending on the condition of the drain pump, consider replacing it. However, this is a job that is best left to the professionals.

Is Fixing A Broken Maytag Washing Machine Worth It?

A malfunctioning washing machine can have a minor problem that needs a quick fix. Still, it can also be a massive headache if the problem bears a high price tag.

You can fix specific problems at home, like replacing the drain hose. Still, other issues need to be tackled by a professional to be fixed properly.

If your old washer can be repaired for less than half the price of a new washer, it is the apparent choice to restore your existing machine.

How Long Does A Maytag Washer Last?

The average lifespan of a Maytag washing machine is expected to range from 10 to 12.5 years. Mine is in its eighth year and is still going strong.

This number will vary vastly depending on who you are and how you use your washer. The washer will wear down much quicker if you wash heavier loads constantly.

Of course, a Maytag washing machine can also outlive its expected lifespan if you wash lighter loads and care for the washer on time.

Here’s what you can do to increase your Maytag washer’s lifespan-

  • Make sure the washer is level and not on a slope.
  • Do not overload the washer or try to wash heavier items in it frequently.
  • Ensure the lid is fully closed and locked before you start a cycle.
  • Input the appropriate settings for the type and quantity of clothes.
  • Check and clean the water filter and drain hose periodically; don’t let it clog up.
  • Adjust the water pressure in your home if it is too low or too high.

Final Remarks

A Maytag washer leaking from the bottom can be super annoying, especially when you must wash your clothes quickly. Fortunately, there are several proven ways to fix this-

  1. Ensure a tight seal
  2. Replace the water inlet valve
  3. Clean the detergent dispenser
  4. Inspect the drain hose
  5. Repair or replace the drain pump