Maytag washers display error codes to inform owners of possible problems with their washers. An error code displayed as "LR" is a warning that the motor on the Maytag washer may not be running properly. Under the Maytag warranty, the drive motor part will be replaced for free up to a certain time after retail purchase; however, the owner will be charged for other costs including labor and transportation fees. The exact warranty period will be listed in the Maytag washer's operating manual. Prior to calling a repair service, there are several things a consumer can do to ensure that there is not another problem with the washer possibly causing strain to the motor.
Unplug the washer from the electrical outlet.
Unplug the drain hoses and check for plugs or possible obstructions.
Straighten all drain hoses to eliminate kinks and ensure that they are tightly reconnected.
Clean and check the screens on the inlet hoses at the faucets for possible obstructions.
Plug the washer back in to an electrical outlet after a minimum of two minutes of being unplugged.
Call a Maytag repair professional if the error code continues to appear. If you attempt to repair the motor itself on your own, you will void the Maytag warranty.
Based in Maryland, Leticia Maldonado has been writing since 2006. Her articles appear on eHow and include advice on home improvement projects and human resources and workplace issues. Maldonado holds a Bachelor of Arts in government and history from Smith College.