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F05 on Maytag MFW9700SQ1

Just bought it and it gives me error code F05 on the first run and every run. Try with different cycle, it still gives me F05 after the first 3 to 5 minutes of cycle and the machine just stop working, so I had to press stop two times to drain the water.
What does it mean and how to fix it?

Also noticed that when the water temp should be cold but this machine delivers hot water. I have checked that the water supply is not reversed.

Is this not a reliable washer? Should I just return in to Home Depot and buy another brand like LG?

Any input is appreciated.

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  • kayemmdee Jul 04, 2008

    I had this problem shortly after I got my machine. The solution is covered in the owner's manual, but it only worked temporarily for me. Now my machine is having this problem again - I have been living with it by doing two rinse cycles (one with detergent added for a wash cycle and then another with no detergent for a rinse cycle).

    The first time it happened, I had to call customer
    service. The repairman got inside the machine (I think behind the controls) and pushed a reset
    button that fixed things for a long time -- I thought at the time that I
    should remember what he did since it was simple but can't remember now.

    I am going to have to call again to get it fixed.


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I have had my epic front loader washer and dryers for 1 year now. I picked them after carefully researching other brands/models and reading many reviews. Epic had the most positive and satisfied reviews/ratings of all at the time.

I have a large house with 6 furnished suites and I do the laundry for all suites weekly, so there is a lot of laundry. The Epic machines have been great, even with some overloading abuse by the cleaning staff.

I did, however, just experience my first problem - the "Control locked problem"

I googled and found this excellent site - and the fix for the problem (hold "cycle end signal" button down 3 seconds). Worked like a charm...

I tend to think that all of the digital front loaders for all brands will have a problem like this once in a while, as they are fairly complex compared to the prior generation of washer/dryers.

However - your problems with your new machine sounds bad - like you may have gotten a lemon.

I bet they would send you a new replacement machine at no charge if you called Maytag... I would try that first before shopping for a different brand/model...


good luck!

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

  • DarcSystems Mar 05, 2011

    I received this error the other day on my Maytag front load washer. It's fairly new, so I was surprised to see errors, especially ones prohibiting the use of the washer. Some research online lead me to the temperature sensor. I inspected the sensor, checked the resistance, and all seemed fine. I ordered a replacement anyway, since it was only 8 bucks. When I went to go swap it in, I noticed a stray wire that looked like it had been cut. There was no visible break anywhere else, so I thought it might be an unused wire. Upon further investigation, I found the other side of it hidden behind a cheap, sharp-edged wire tie. The vibration of the machine, combined with the sharp wire tie, sheared the wire in half. This happened to be the wire for the temp sensor. I soldered it back together, shrink-tubed it, and so far I haven't had any problems.

    So if you're receiving this error code, try popping off the lower panel on the front of your washer, and looking for a broken black wire. Mend it, and problem solved.

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