How to Clear Maytag Maxima Error Code E01 F09

The Maytag Maxima washer error code E01 F09 is essentially a long drain alert—displayed to let you know that the washer is taking too long to drain. If the error code is displayed on your washer, it will be impossible for the washer to spin, and or drain effectively. Throughout this guide, you will learn what triggers error code E01 F09 on the Maytag Maxima washer. The guide also features some of the most effective methods you can use to troubleshoot and clear Maytag Maxima error code E01 F09.

If your Maytag enters the Drain Mode and fails to reach the reset level in the pressure sensor within 8 minutes, the drain valves are automatically closed. This may be caused by a faulty drain pump, pressure switch, or Electronic Control Board (CCU). The washer can also fail to drain simply because the drainpipe is bent or clogged. In either case, the failure will trigger error code E01 F09 (or F9E1 in some models) on your Maytag Maxima display.

What Triggers the Maytag Maxima Error Code E01 F09?

When in perfect working order, the Maytag Maxima should drain water in two minutes or less. If the system fails to drain effectively in eight minutes, you will get error code E01 F09 on the display. The inability of the washer to drain all the water in 8 minutes may be caused by different things, including:

Drainage System Malfunction 

The drainage system in this machine comprises the drain hosepipe, pump, and filters, among other components. One of the commonest problems with the drainage system is clogging. If the hose is bent or clogged, it will not be able to drain all the water in time. Again, the system will not work as it should if any of these components are broken or damaged,

SUDS Residue 

Using excess detergent or the wrong type of detergent on the wash cycle may lead to the formation of excess SUDS. Accumulation of these SUDS on the drainage system can also delay drainage, this triggering error code E01 FF09.

To avoid such a scenario, be sure to use the right amounts of HE detergent on your Maytag Maxima washer. 

Improper Installation of the Drain Hose 

Improper installation of the drain hose on your Maytag Maxima washer can also affect its effectiveness. For instance, the height of the hose should be less than 96″. You should also check whether all the connections are secure—including pressure hose to pressure sensor, air trap to pressure hose and tub to the air trap connections. 

Faulty CCU, Pressure Switch/Sensor or Drain Pump

Check whether the pressure switch hose is clogged, pinched, or just leaking air as these can render it ineffective. Just to be sure, you should use a multimeter to troubleshoot the pressure switch, as described later in this guide. 

If the pressure switch passes the visual checks and ohm tests then the problem is more likely to be the CCU board. Drain pump malfunction is another leading cause of the Maytag Maxima error code E01 F09. 

Control Panel Glitch 

Though extremely rare, the control panel on Maytag Maxima washers can also malfunction. If this happens, the washer may display error code E01 F09, or any other error code for that matter, when nothing is wrong with the machine. 

To check whether this is the problem, you first need to clear the display and check whether the error persists. To clear the error code from the display, you need to press the Cancel or Pause button on the control panel twice then press the Power button once. 

Alternatively, you could just unplug the washer from the power source for a minute or two and then power it up. 

How to Fix Error Code E01 F09 on a Maytag Maxima Washer 

If the error shows up after you have cleared it, using the above-described steps, it means that something is wrong with the drainage system. In most cases, error code E01 F09 means that the drain hose is clogged or bent. In other cases, it could be triggered by a faulty drain pump, CCU board, or pressure switch sensor. 

To troubleshoot and fix the problem, you first need to drain the washer manually. In this regard, you will need a 4-in-1 screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, clamps, a 5-gallon bucket, a nut driver, 2×4 scraps or paint cans, and a sponge. 

Once ready, here is how you should go about draining your Maytag Maxima Washer manually: 

Step 1: Unplug the machine from the outlet socket and remove the screws holding its front panel of the washer in place.

Step 2: Disconnect the drain hose from plumbing and drain the tub into the 5-gallon bucket. Once done, clamp the end of the hose to prevent any remaining water from dripping. 

Step 3: Place the two paint cans or stacked 2x4s below the two front corners of the washer such that the machine is leaning backward, before opening the front panel to expose the inner components. 

Step 4: To remove the front panel on your Maytag Maxima washer, you should gently pull the lower edge of the panel outwards then ‘unhook’ the top. In some models, you may need to open the entire washer shell to expose the drain pump. 

Having drained and opened the washer up, here are some of the methods and steps you can use to fix this error code: 

Method 1: Check Whether the Drain Hose is Installed Properly 

Installation of the drain hose for the Maytag Maxima washer needs to meet the standard requirements. For instance, the drain hose needs to be routed through a drain hose clip to the standpipe, which should be at least 18” in height. Again, the connection between the standpipe and the drain hose should not be airtight. 

If your standpipe is higher than five feet above the floor level, it is advisable to install a drain hose extension kit as well. Should the standpipe be higher than 10 feet above the floor level, you will need a pump accessory kit to install the drain hose properly. 

If you are getting error code E01 F09, check whether the drain hose meets such installation requirements. Again, you should not use couplings, elbows, or excess lengths on the drain hose as these can restrict the flow of drain water. 

Method 2: Clean the Drain Pump Filter 

If installed properly, you need to inspect the house for any clogging, or kinking as these can also prevent the system from draining effectively. The drain hose on your washer may move and get caught between components as a result of vibrations. A clogged drain hose or filter can also lead to the Maytag Maxima washer error code E01 F09. The following steps will help you unblock and clean the drain hose and filter on the Maytag Maxima washer:

Step 1: Remove the Dispenser Drawer

Pull the dispenser drawer handle at the base of the washer to open the drawer. This should reveal the drain pump filter. Now remove the drawer entirely by releasing the tabs on either side of the drawer. Just push the tab on the right side downwards and the other one upwards using your fingers. 

Step 2: Drain Water 

Position a near-flat container below the drain pump filter to collect drain water that may be left on the washer. Next, you need to release the black drain hose from its clip, remove the plug at the end to drain the water into the container. Push the hose in slightly to remove any kinks, hence drain more effectively. 

Empty the container and repeat the procedure until all water is drained. Having drained the hose, replace the plug, and secure the hose in place using the hose clip. You can now place a cotton cloth below the filter to absorb any water on its surface. 

Step 3: Remove and Clean the Drain Pump Filter 

To remove the filter, you should turn it counterclockwise. Next, remove the large lint clumps from the filter using your hands and drop them into a waste container. You can now rinse the filter with water to remove the remaining residue that may be blocking the flow of water. 

Step 4: Reinsert the Filter 

Having cleaned the drain pump filter thoroughly, you can now reinsert it into its socket and then turn it clockwise to secure it firmly in place. Twist it as far as it can go—until the filter handle is as close to the vertical position as possible. 

Step 5: Replace and Close the Dispenser Drawer 

You can now replace the drawer—be sure to insert both drawer rails simultaneously while replacing the drawer. To help position the drawer properly, you should consider pulling it out fully. A clicking sound will confirm that the rails have engaged. 

Since the drain pump filter is meant to collect dirt and debris, it is bound to get clogged from time to time. To ensure that your Maytag Maxima does not develop error E01 F09, it is advisable to clean the drain hose and filter at least once every six months. 

Method 3: Clear a Plugged Drain Hose 

A plugged drain hose is one of the leading causes of the Maytag Maxima error E01 F09. To rule this cause out, you need to open the washer and inspect the hose for obstructions. The pump on the Maytag Maxima washer has translucent housing, which makes it easy for you to see obstructions. 

To begin with, you need to loosen the clamp that holds the hose in place at the bottom of the tub and remove the hose. Now look for the clogs in the hose, and pull them out. For easier remover, you may remove the pulley from the pump. 

You may also twist the hose as you put the clog out to unwind the fabric. Finally, check whether there is a clog at the outlet, where the drain hose connects to the tub bottom. 

Method 4: Diagnose the Drain Pump 

Having confirmed that the drain hose and pump filter are not clogged, the next step would be to troubleshoot the drain pump. In most cases, a faulty washer pump is noisy and may start to leak. To begin with, you need to remove the three screws that hold the drain pump in position and remove it. 

After you have removed it from the washer, the following steps will help you diagnose the pump:

Step 1: Having drained the washer, unplug it from the power source and remove the top panel to access its electronics.  

Step 2: Examine the DP2 connector and ensure that it is inserted properly. If not, you need to reconnect it properly, reset the washer, and repeat a cycle. 

Step 3: if the DP2 connector is well inserted, disconnect it from the CCU. Using an ohmmeter, you should take the resistance reading between pins 1 and 2. If in working order, this reading should be about 16 Ω. If the resistance reading is infinite, proceed to step 4. 

Step 4: Using the ohmmeter, check the harness in between the CCU and the drain pump for continuity. If there is no continuity, you need to replace the lower machine harness. Next, measure the resistance across the two pump terminals. 

If the pump is in working order, the resistance should be 16  Ω. If you get an infinite reading, the drain pump assembly is faulty and needs to be replaced. If this does not fix the problem, you need to replace the CCU before reassembling all the parts a d panels. 

Method 5: Troubleshoot the Pressure Sensor 

A faulty pressure sensor or its wiring is also known to trigger error E01 F09 on Maytag Maxima washers. If the above-described methods have not fixed the problem, the pressure sensor is most likely the problem. In such a case, the washer will either display a long drain error or a long fill error. 

To check whether the sensor is working properly, run a small load cycle on your washer. If the sensor is in working order, the valves should automatically turn off once the correct water level is attained on the tub. If the valves do not close, you can use the following procedure to pinpoint the problem:

Step 1: Press the Start/Cancel button on the control panel to stop the cycle, then press the Power button to drain the tub. You should then unplug the washer from the power outlet.

Step 2:  Remove both the rear and top panels on your washer to access the tub, pressure hose connections, and air trap. The pressure sensor is located towards the top-right rear side of the cabinet. 

Step 3: Inspect the connections between the air trap and pressure hose, tub, and air trap, as well as between the pressure sensor and pressure hose. Check for visible signs of damage.

Step 4: Now check whether connector PS8 is inserted properly on the CCU. Next, check whether the pressure sensor harness is securely connected to the sensor. Using an ohmmeter, check for continuity in the harness between the pressure sensor and CCU. 

If there is no continuity, replace the harness.

Final Verdict 

The E01 F09 error code on the Maytag Maxima washer is a long drain error that tells you that the washer failed to drain in time. The failure to drain in a washer is often caused by obstruction along the drain channel. His being the case, you should first check whether the drain hose is clogged or twisted. 

A clogged drain pump filter can also lead to slow draining on your washer. You should also look for broken or loose wire connections, especially for the pump, and CCU. A drain pump malfunction can also trigger this error code. This guide features the various steps you should take to troubleshoot and fix the Maytag Maxima washer error E01 F09.

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