How to Replace a Faulty Drain Hose in Your Maytag Washer

Puddles on your floor are never a welcoming sight, especially when the water is coming from your washing machine. Although there are a few possible reasons why your Maytag washer model LAT9704AAE would leak, one common malfunction is a damaged pump to siphon break drain hose. The drain hose carries waste water out of your appliance. Unfortunately, as the hose ages, it can become worn, which can lead to leaks and puddles. Replacing the hose is not a difficult repair and can be completed in no time at all.

How to Replace the Drain Hose in Your Maytag Washer

Before repairing your washer, unplug your appliance and turn off the water running to the washing machine. Work gloves and safety goggles should be worn.
  1. To gain access to the drain hose, you’ll need to take the front panel off the washer. Using a Phillips screwdriver, remove the two screws located at the bottom of the front panel. Once the screws are out, lift the bottom of the panel up a few inches before pulling down on it to release the top clips. Once the panel is free, place it somewhere safe.
  2. Now you’ll need to separate the washer top from the washer cabinet. Before starting, tape down the appliance’s lid to keep it from opening and getting damaged during the repair. On the underside of the washer top, you’ll find two screws. To remove those screws, you’ll need to use a 3/8″ socket with ratchet and extension. Once the screws are taken out, lift up the washer top and lean it back.
  3. Locate the drain hose, which you’ll find attached to the drain pump at the bottom of the washer cabinet. Place a towel under the hose to catch any water that leaks out during the removal process. Use a 5/16″ nut driver to loosen the clamp holding the hose onto the pump. Once the clamp is loose, pull the hose off the pump fitting. Do not get rid of the loosened clamp unless you have purchased a replacement clamp.
  4. Follow the hose up to the siphon break. If the drain hose has never been replaced, you may need to use wire cutters to cut the original clamp off. If the drain hose was replaced before, you’ll need to use your 5/16″ nut driver to loosen the clamp. After the clamp is loose, pull the hose off the siphon break. If you’re having trouble getting the hose off, use a flat head screwdriver to break the seal holding the hose onto the siphon break. Once both sides of the hose are free, pull it out of the washer cabinet.
  5. Lower the new drain hose into the washer near the siphon break. You may want to wet the inside of the hose and the siphon break to make the installation easier. Before sliding the hose onto the siphon break, make sure you place the clamp around the hose. Once the hose is connected, tighten the clamp with your nut driver to ensure the hose is secure.
  6. Move to the bottom of the cabinet and repeat step five to attach the hose to the drain pump.
  7. Now it’s time to put your appliance back together. Start by lowering the top of your washer. After it’s in place, reattach the screws that hold the top and cabinet together. Next, reinstall the front panel. Once the panel is in place, use your Phillips screwdriver to put the screws back in.
  8. Plug-up your appliance and turn the water back on before testing your new drain hose.
If your washer is leaking and you’re not sure where the water is coming from, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.