How to Replace the Lint Filter in a Maytag Washer

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Write down the model number of your Maytag washer to ensure you purchase a filter compatible with the model you own. Since clothes are wet in a washer, lint can still stick to the fabrics. Using a low tumble dry setting on the dryer can help separate the lint from the clothing.


Do not attempt to remove the filter while the machine is on.

Washers and dryers such as those by Maytag have filters to catch lint.

Maytag produces a wide range of home appliances, including washers and dryers. The company makes both front loading and top loading washing machines of varying capacities and with differing features. While dryer lint filters and screens should be cleaned out after each use, washing machine lint filters can be cleaned out less frequently. However, if the filter appears damaged or too clogged to clean, a replacement should be installed before continued use.

Front Loading Maytag Washing Machine

Step 1

Make sure the washer is set to the "Off" setting.

Step 2

Open the washer door and inspect the door and sides of the door opening for a compartment cover piece that will be long and thin. If this is not visible, inspect the top surface of the washer for a small lift-up door where some models have a filter, and skip to Step 6.

Step 3

Grasp the top of the compartment piece and pull it out of the door or door opening. The lint filter is attached to this piece.

Step 4

Pull out any remaining lint in the now-exposed slot, and slide the replacement filter in place. Ensure that it goes all the way into the slot or compartment.

Step 5

Close and open the door a few times to verify that the filter is in place and does not interfere with door movement.

Step 6

Lift up the door and pull out the handle connected to the lint filter. Remove stuck lint in the compartment and insert the new filter.

Top Loading Maytag Washers

Step 1

Set the washer controls to the "Off" position. Open the washer door and locate the agitator in the center of the machine.

Step 2

Place both hands around the lower portion of the agitator, and carefully pull the agitator upward, straight out of the door opening, to reveal the lint filter. Depending on the particular model, the filter may be inside the removed agitator or connected to a rod in the center of the washing compartment revealed by the removed agitator.

Step 3

Pull the filter out of the agitator or up off the rod. Remove any remaining lint inside the washer and agitator. Insert the new filter.

Step 4

Replace the agitator, making sure it clicks back into place and is fully down into the washing compartment.


Maxwell Payne

Maxwell Payne has been a freelance writer since 2007. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in integrated science, business and technology.