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The first time I removed and cleaned out the filter pump on my Epic Z washer, there was a fabric sock over the pump filter cache for some reason. I don't see this mentioned anywhere and I can't imagine it's necessary. It seems to be a breeding ground for bacteria, mold etc. Has anyone else encountered this fabric over the pump filter?

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SOURCE: Maytag Epic not draining.

i had the same problem a couple months ago---i couldnt figure out why it wasnt draining. It kept saying "F-21"...well i called a "expert" and all it was was the lent trap inside needed cleaning....which isnt in the is located in the back---truthfully im not sure have to remove a bolt and some screws and pull off the back and then clean it......hopefully some of this helped you...

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The filter is in the front on this one. Under the door, there is another panel. There are 3 screws that a 1/4" nut driver takes off pretty easily. Get a bowl and bucket. There is a white screw cap that you should easily see. Open it slowly with the bowl underneath. Close it again when the bowl is filled and dump the bowl into the bucket. Repeat until no more water comes out then unscrew it completely. Clean out the trap and replace. There is a stop that prevents you from overtightening. See if that works. A six dollar nutdriver is easier and cheaper than any repairman.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009


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SOURCE: Clogged drain cleared, still won't drain

There is no reset switch on the pump, or program options. If you have cleaned out the drain pumo and it still does not work, you may have a bad pump.

It does not take much to damage these small drain pumps. The error code is generated if the drain cycle exceeds 8 minutes. So...if the impeller or motor become damaged, and the pump does not pull water at the correct volume, you may still experience the drain error. In this case, you will have to replace the pump in order to get the error to clear. The following link explains how:

Replacements parts (if required) can be purchased at any of the following websites:

Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare. The first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need.

For future reference: to avoid a messy clean up when cleaning out the drain pump, you can use a wet/dry shop vac to pull a vacuum on the drain line at the standpipe to drain the wash tub and drain lines.

Read through the information provided and let me know if you have any further questions. I hope you find this information helpful.

NOTE: Maytag Epic is manufactured by Whirlpool, so these instructions do apply.

Posted on Jun 14, 2010


Richard Roth

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You may have coins or some other material in the filter preventing you from turning the filter, or the gasket may be really sticky preventing it from turning also. Try using a pair of pliers or something that will get a good bite on it and try turning it. Be careful not to break the filter. If you should happen to break it and it needs replacing, here is a link to the part. Here is a link to the gasket in case you need it also.

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

Kevin White

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SOURCE: I have a Maytag Epic frontloader that is flashing

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This is a drain error in your Kenmore washer, if the unit is unable to drain then after 4 minutes it will display suds. The first thing that should be done is cleaning the drain hose and the drain pump filter, you can take out three torx screws from the bottom front panel and then clean the area completely, lift up the cap to clean the filter. If the error returns then check the drain pump if it is not working then replacing the pump is recommended repair. Please get back to me if you have any other questions.


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The newer model Maytag washers are manufactured by Whirlpool and have Whirlpool parts. If this is a Maytag Epic model washerlb_icon1.png, "F21" is a Long Drain error code. This is an indication that you have an obstruction somewhere in the drainage system. Most commonly, this means there is something lodged in the drain pump or inlet line running from the wash tub to the pump. There is a white screw off cap on the drain pump that you can remove to inspect the pump impeller and clean. The following link explains:

Included is a follow-on link that explains how to check the drain pump to clean. You may also have to remove the inlet hose that runs from the bottom of the wash tub to the inlet side of the drain pump. Debris and small articles of clothinglb_icon1.png such as sock or under garments can commonly clog in this area as well causing the drain cycle to fail.

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Remove the front bottom panel. Should be three 1/4" screws on bottom lip of panel. See if you can tell where leak originated. Chances are good you just need to pop the cap off the drain pump and clean it out. Here is a vid that explains the procedure.

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Check the drain filter and pump . Remove the front lower panel and you will see the pump

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The drain filter is located in the pump behind front bottom panel. Disconnect power and remove the three screws attaching the lower front access panel to the cabinet then pull the panel down and off the cabinet. You can prop up the bottom front edge of the washer or cushion and lean it against the wall to access and remove the screws more easily. Once the panel is off, remove the filter by turning the knob counterclockwise. Clean the filter from any debris that prevents water from draining out properly.

Clogged drain cleared, still won't drain

You may have something lodged in to the right side of the filter housing that is still blocking the pump. If the pump is warm, that is an indicator that it is at least trying to run (power is going to it).
I usually pull out the front pump mounting screw to pull the pump forward before removing the trap assembly so that I can put a cake pan under it. I also grasp the large hose in the back of the pump that comes from the tub so that I can "meter out" the water flow to avoid a flood.
There is no re-set that has to be done.
Try removing the entire pump once you get all the water out and you may find something caught in the pump impellar.
Good Luck!

Filter clogged

If this is a Maytag Epic, you are referring to the drain pump reservoir. The following link explains how to access and clean the drain pump:

Make sure you also check the hose that runs from the bottom of the wash tub to the inlet side of the pump. Small articles of clothing can become lodged here. If you have questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: If the link does not work for you, copy and paste to your web browser. Maytag Epic is manufactured by Whirlpool, so these instructions do apply.

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u take your front panel off at the bottom then u should see the drain pump and drain filter remove the filter check for blockage if none pump will need replaced odds are u have your filter clogged with some change or sock

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Hello, unplug the washer remove the lower front access panel, get to the switch and pull downward on the circullar shaped release tab. Now drain the machine manually, take the filter out of the pump and clean out. reassemble and test. good luck
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