How to Troubleshoot a Maytag Front-Load Washer Error

There are a handful of error messages that may appear on the display of your Maytag front-load washer. Because there are several different messages, there are also different methods of troubleshooting the problems associated with these messages. In most cases, an error message on a Maytag front-load washer is not a reason to panic, as you can easily remedy most of the problems associated with these messages without having to call in a professional repair person.

Step 1

Allow the washer to continue its operation if the "SUDS" message appears. This message means there are too many suds in the washer. On subsequent uses, remember to use only HE detergent if the washer owner's manual calls for HE detergent, and only use the recommended amount.

Step 2

Check the water hose connections at the back of the washer to make sure both the hot and cold water hoses are tightly connected to the washer inlets and the wall valves if the "F8E1" error message appears. Also check the valve handles to make sure they are fully turned and open. Replace either of the hoses if there are kinks in a hose.

Step 3

Place the curved drain hose form on the end of the drain hose before inserting the hose into the drainpipe if the "F9E1" message appears. If the drain hose is in a drainpipe higher than 96 inches, the hose must be moved to a pipe at a lower level.

Step 4

Press the "Power/Cancel" button on the washer and press firmly on the washer door if you get a "F5E2" error message. This error message indicates the door is not closing correctly. Check around the door latch to make sure there is nothing in the way that's preventing the door from closing and locking.

Step 5

Open the washer and remove some items from it if the "F7E1" message appears. This message means the motor is having trouble moving properly. The message usually appears when the machine is overloaded.