How to Clean Your Maytag Washer Agitator

If you own a Maytag washer, you know how important it is to keep it clean and well-maintained. One of the most important parts of your washer is the agitator, which helps to clean your clothes by spinning them around in the water. Over time, however, the agitator can become dirty and clogged with debris, which can make your washer less effective at cleaning your clothes. In this article, we’ll show you how to clean your Maytag washer agitator so that it can continue to work effectively for years to come.

What You’ll Need

Before you get started, you’ll need a few basic supplies:

  • A screwdriver
  • A soft-bristled brush
  • A bucket
  • Warm water
  • Mild detergent
  • A clean cloth

Step-by-Step Guide

Now that you have your supplies ready, follow these steps:

Step 1: Turn Off Your Washer

Before you start cleaning your agitator, make sure your washer is turned off and unplugged. This will ensure that you don’t accidentally start the washer while you’re working on it.

Step 2: Remove the Agitator

Next, you’ll need to remove the agitator from your washer. To do this, use your screwdriver to remove any screws or bolts that are holding the agitator in place. Once the screws or bolts are removed, gently lift the agitator out of the washer.

Step 3: Clean the Agitator

Now that you have the agitator out of the washer, it’s time to clean it. Start by using your soft-bristled brush to remove any loose debris or dirt from the surface of the agitator. Next, fill your bucket with warm water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Dip your brush into the soapy water and use it to scrub the agitator, focusing on any areas that are particularly dirty or clogged with debris. Rinse the agitator thoroughly with clean water and use a clean cloth to dry it off.

Step 4: Reinstall the Agitator

Once your agitator is clean and dry, it’s time to put it back in your washer. Carefully lower the agitator back into place and use your screwdriver to reattach any screws or bolts that were holding it in place.

Step 5: Run a Test Cycle

Finally, run a test cycle to make sure your washer is working properly. If everything seems to be working well, you’re all set!

Related Questions

1. How often should I clean my Maytag washer agitator?

We recommend cleaning your agitator at least once a year to ensure that it continues to work effectively.

2. Can I use bleach to clean my Maytag washer agitator?

We do not recommend using bleach to clean your agitator, as it can cause damage to the plastic parts of the agitator over time. Stick to mild detergent and warm water instead.

3. What should I do if my agitator is still dirty after cleaning?

If your agitator is still dirty after cleaning, you may need to remove it and clean it more thoroughly. You can also try using a specialized cleaning solution designed for washing machine agitators.

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