This error code is used on most newer washing machines. The error code F9 E1 will be displayed on most newer Maytag washers and Whirlpool washers. If this error code has popped up on your washer then this article is for you.
A couple things to check first are.
1. Is the drain hose to far down the stand pipe? The drain hose should only be about a foot down the stand pipe in the wall. If the hose is farther then a foot, it can create a siphon. When this happens the washer will siphon the water out as it’s filling. Pretty common issue.
2. Are you using HE soap? Yes the error code F9 E1 can and will be displayed if the washer senses to many suds inside. Even if you are using HE soap, make sure you are using the appropriate amount. To much soap “HE” or not will cause this issue. Line one on HE soap is going to be plenty for just about any size load you are washing.
3. Is the drain hose kinked or clogged? If the black drain hose on the rear of the washer is kinked or clogged, then F9 E1 will be displayed. You can make a quick visual check of the drain hose for any kind of obstruction.
If the hoses are clear and you are using HE soap, then you most likely have a blocked or failed drain motor.
Unplug or disconnect power before attempting any appliance repair.
The drain motor is located on the front of these washing machines. That’s a plus and means the washer will not have to be pulled out. There is a small access panel on the bottom of these newer Maytag and Whirlpool washers. Three small quarter inch screws hold the panel in place.
Once the screws are removed the panel will come off. The pump filter is directly in front of you at this point. The handle can be twisted counter clock wise and then pulled out. Most likely you will find some sort of debris inside. It can be an article of clothing, lint, backing from a rug, or change. I’ve seen it all believe me after ten years of appliance repair nothing surprises me anymore.
If nothing is inside the drain pump filter, then the pump motor could possible be bad. Check the pump and see if it is even trying to start. If it is trying to start and the filter is clear, then the motor is most likely bad.
When the filter is removed all the remaining water inside the washer will come rushing out. Try bailing the water out of the washer and then have a bucket or a handful of towels ready to absorb the remaining water.