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How do I fix my Maytag washer that has an E3 error code?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

The Maytag washer E3 code indicates a problem with the washing machine's door lock. This error code can happen for a number of reasons, such as a faulty door lock, a problem with the washing machine's wiring, or a problem with the door lock switch. If the door lock is the problem, the washing machine will usually need to be replaced. If the problem is with the washing machine's wiring, the problem can usually be fixed by a qualified technician. If the problem is with the door lock switch, the switch will need to be replaced.

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1. Check the water supply to the washer

  1. Check the hoses and connections to the water supply.
  2. Check for leaks at the water supply.
  3. Check for clogs in the water supply lines.
  4. Check the water pressure at the washer.
  5. Check for a faulty water pump.

2. Check for any kinks or blockages in the water supply hoses

  1. Verify that all hoses are properly connected to the water supply.
  2. If the hose is kinked, the water supply may be blocked. To fix the hose, you will need to cut it free from the water supply and reattach it to the diverter.
  3. If the hose is blocked, the water supply may be contaminated and must be replaced. To fix the hose, you will need to remove the blockage and reattach the hose to the diverter.

3. Clean the inlet screens on the water valves

  1. Remove the water valve cover by unscrewing the three screws that hold it in place.
  2. Remove the water valve by unscrewing the four screws that hold it in place.
  3. Remove the screen by unscrewing the two screws that hold it in place.
  4. Clean the screen with a soft cloth and water.
  5. Reinstall the screen and screws.
  6. Replace the water valve cover and screws.

4. Replace the water inlet valve if it is defective

If the water inlet valve is defective, it may not be able to properly distribute water throughout the washer. To fix the maytag washer e3 code, you will need to replace the water inlet valve.

5. Check the drain hose for any kinks or blockages

  1. Open the front cover by pressing the release button.
  2. Remove the drain hose by pulling it out of the front cover.
  3. Inspect the drain hose for any kinks or blockages. If there are any, fix them using a hose clamp or a pipe wrench.
  4. Reinstall the drain hose by pushing it back into the front cover.
  5. Close the front cover.

If you didn't find success with an option above, then try:

  1. Clean the drain pump filter.
  2. Run a self-clean cycle on the washer.
  3. Replace the drain pump if it is defective.
  4. Check for any loose or damaged wires.
  5. Replace the main control board if it is defective.