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Maytag dryer leaking water

Common reasons your Maytag dryer is leaking water

The most common reasons your Maytag dryer is leaking water are an open heating element, defective electronic control board or a faulty condensate drain pump.

  • 51%

    51% of the time it's the
    Heating Element

  • 28%

    28% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 13%

    13% of the time it's the
    Condensate Drain Pump

  • 8%

    8% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a Maytag dryer

    Heating Element Replacement

    When your condensing or ventless dryer is leaking water, an open heating element could be causing the problem. The electronic control board on a condensing dryer will sense an open heating element and typically halt all dryer operations. The drain pump won’t get power from the electronic control board to drain condensate water when the control board detects a problem with the heating element. When your dryer leaking water, have a Sears Home Services Technician visit your home and fix the dryer.


    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    When a condensing or ventless dryer is leaking water, a defective electronic control board may be failing to send electric current to the drain pump motor. A failed relay on the control board won’t allow current to flow to the drain pump to drain condensate. A problem with internal control board logic could be preventing the control from detecting conditions inside the dryer. When your dryer is leaking water, have a Sears Home Services Repair Expert visit your home and fix the problem.

    Condensate Drain Pump Replacement

    When a condensing or ventless dryer is leaking water, a cracked or faulty condensate drain pump may be causing the leak. The condensate drain pump sends water to the house drain for the dryer during the drying cycle. A crack in the pump body or leak in a pump seal will allow water to drip out of the dryer cabinet. Have a Sears Home Services Appliance Technician examine the dryer when it leaks water from the bottom. The technician will replace the condensate drain pump if it’s cracked, worn or faulty.

    What to expect when you experience a Maytag dryer leaking water issue

    How is the leaking water problem fixed?

    Correcting most leaking water problems usually involves replacing the heating element, electronic control board or condensate drain pump. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a dryer that is leaking water

    When the dryer is leaking water it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of dryer failures.

    What to look out for with a dryer leaking water diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your dryer problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

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