How To Reset a Maytag Washer


If your Maytag washer is having issues, you might need to reset it. Problems such as your washer displaying an error code, a cycle that is stuck, or a power surge are all issues that necessitate a reset. This article will highlight the main ways you can reset a Maytag washer to fix your issue. 

The guide covers all major models of Maytag washers, including:






















Before trying any of the methods below to reset your Maytag washer, make sure your washer is not actively running a cycle. You should only try to reset your washer if it is stuck or displaying an error code. If your machine is still running, wait for it to finish before attempting to reset it.

Disconnect the Power

Disconnecting the washer’s electricity for three minutes is the simplest way to reset a Maytag washing machine. When the power is cut off, the washing machine’s electrical charge can dissipate, allowing it to reset. If the reset doesn’t work, unplug the washer once more, this time for ten minutes.

Make sure the washing machine is turned off on the control panel before cutting the electricity for safety and to prevent damage to the appliance.

Press power/cancel then start/pause

If disconnecting the power did not work, it is time to try the following method. Maytag washers do not have a reset button, but it is possible to reset them by pressing certain buttons in a particular combination. This is the simplest method to try: 

  • Press power/cancel first. 
  • Next, pick a fresh cycle to run. 
  • Press start/pause to reset your Maytag washer.
  • Run a test load afterward to confirm that the washer has reset.

Standby mode method

If the Power/Cancel method outlined above doesn’t work, try this method. 

  • To begin, place the washer in standby mode by pressing the Start/Pause button and holding it down for three seconds. 
  • After that, all of the indicator lights should be off. Now, slowly turn the Cycle Selector knob clockwise.
  • Within the next 6 seconds, rotate the selection knob to the right for one click, then wait a half second. 
  • Then, for one click, rotate the selection knob right or clockwise and wait a half second.
  • Turn the selection dial one click or rotation clockwise and wait an additional half second. 
  • Next, turn the selection knob one click in a left- or counter clockwise direction, and then wait an additional 30 seconds.
  • Last but not least, turn the selection knob clockwise or to the right for one click.

All of the LCD lights should now be visible, with the exception of the lid-locked indicator light, which should be flickering on and off. Once you reach this stage, follow the steps below to complete the reset:

  • When the LCD panel only shows Wash, Rinse, and Done as operational, keep twisting the selection knob. 
  • Press Start once to begin. 
  • Remove the washer’s plug from the power supply.
  • Ten seconds later, connect the power supply back in.

The washer should not start up at this stage, and there shouldn’t be any lights on the LCD screen. If your washer does not begin spinning, the procedure is complete. 

If your Maytag washer restarts within a ten-second timeframe, then the reset has not worked, and it is time to try a different method. It can be worthwhile to try the method again, as it is possible you made a mistake in the timing the first time around. Try again using a different pace—faster or slower—and see if the reset succeeds.

Lifting and closing lid method

You might be able to reset a top-loading Maytag washer by lifting the lid six times within a 12-second time period. This method does not work with a front-loading machine.

Follow the below steps:

  • Remove the washer’s plug for one minute.
  • Reconnect the power, then lift and close the lid six times in a 12-second interval. This must be done within 30 seconds of turning the power back on. 
  • Keep in mind that for the procedure to function, the lid must close properly six times in a row.
  • Run a test load afterward to confirm that the washer has reset.

Resetting a Maytag washer that is coin operated

If the Maytag washer you are having problems with is a commercial coin-operated machine, the method of reset can be slightly different. 

The following steps can be used to reset a Maytag coin-operated washer with an LED display: 

  • To first activate program mode on the washer, unlock the lockbox.
  • Locate the Delicates and Knits option on the LED display. This mode can be found in the washing options menu. 
  • For five seconds, keep pressing the Delicates and Knits button. The washer’s LED display should begin to blink and flash, indicating that the error codes have been eliminated and the washer has been reset.
  • Run a test load in your washer to confirm that the reset was successful. 

Hopefully, following the above methods has enabled you to reset your Maytag washer. If the issue is still not solved, it is possible the culprit is a problem with a control board, which will almost certainly require a qualified technician to solve.

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