Maytag Washer Code 5d/SD – Troubleshooting Guide

It is an odd code on your Maytag washer. It looks like 5d. Many Maytag washing machine owners have come across this and wondered what this could mean. It doesn’t appear 5d is listed in the manual. Read further for an explanation. 

The Maytag washer code 5d isn’t as it appears. The error is typically misread by Maytag owners because of the limitations of the digital display. The code is SD and it means you have too many suds in your washer drum. 

What Happened to My Washer Cycle?

Excessive suds in the Maytag washer prevents the machine from being able to drain the water in the spin cycle. That makes the machine stop while the washer adds more water to dilute the suds. The rinse cycle is then automatically extended.

Sometimes, the washer then stops the cycle altogether and the Sd light comes on, along with the “cycle complete” indicator if the problem can’t be cleared. 

What Causes the Problem?

Two problems can cause excessive suds. The most common problem is using the wrong type of laundry detergent. Washing detergents haven’t kept up with the new high-efficiency technology of the washing machines and many that were perfectly fine for old washers will not work effectively in new machines. 

Make sure any detergent you buy has “high efficiency” or “HE” on the label if you have a high-efficiency washer. 

The second problem is putting in too much detergent. Some people think more is better for solid laundry cleaning but that isn’t true. Get a good detergent and use the amount suggested for your laundry load. 

What Do You Do?

Resolving the immediate problem of an Sd error code is pretty simple. All you need to do is run a clean washer cycle. This removes any soap that remains in the machine. You may need to reset your washer if the code doesn’t clear itself. 

What If It Isn’t the Soap?

While the most common problem is excessive suds, the Sd code could indicate a blocked drain hose. The code indicates the washer is having trouble removing water, so it could be a blockage

Make sure the drain hose is straight and will empty into a bucket or drain pipe. You may need to disconnect it and look for a blockage if it doesn’t drain. 

A Problem with Error Codes

There are instances where Maytag error codes show up by mistake. If you suspect this is the cause, push the pause/cancel button twice or the power button once to clear the code. Then try to use the washer again. 

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You can unplug the washer for 60 seconds and try to run the cycle again if the code reappears. You will need to call a service technician if the code appears again. 


How do I reset my Maytag washer?

You can reset a top load Maytag washer by unplugging it from the outlet. Now, lift and lower the lid six times within 12 seconds. The motor is now ready for you to start a cycle. 

With the newer front-load machines, you can reset it by either unplugging it, waiting a minute and plugging it back in. You can also reset it by pushing the pause/cancel button twice or the power button once as indicated earlier.

Can I run a diagnostic test on my Maytag washer?

Yes, you can run a diagnostic test on your Maytag washer by first making sure your washer is in standby mode. Press any button, except Stop, Start, or Power, on the console and hold for three seconds. Release and press again for three more seconds. Do this a third time to get into diagnostic mode. 

All of the lights will turn on for five seconds. The time display will show “88.” The fault codes will now pop up. If there are none, lights will go off and the “88” will show again. Testing will begin in five seconds if there aren’t any error codes. 

Press the power or stop button to exit diagnostics after testing is complete.

Can I manually drain my Maytag washer?

Draining a Maytag washer can take some time but it can be done. Turn off the power with the power button and then unplug it. Move it away from the wall until you see the drain hose. Take out any laundry from the drum. Use a pitcher or bucket to remove water. Get as much as you can. 

Now, disconnect the drain hose and pour the rest into a bucket. Be sure to have some towels ready too in case water spills.

Related: Why There Is Water in the Washing Machine Drum When Not in Use?

Why is my Maytag washer making noise?

Loud noises can occur when the tub bearing has a defect, if there is a motor coupling or if the drive pulley is worn out. There could also be a problem with a damaged clutch assembly or a clog. These typically won’t happen to washers that are under 10 years old.

You should also have your washer inspected occasionally if you have an older machine to find and replace worn-out parts and keep your washer running well for decades. 

These washers can also make noise when there is too much laundry in them. Overloading can also cause your washer to move and shift, which can displace the drain hose. That can cause draining problems over time.

Why is my Maytag washer not spinning?

A Maytag washer will stop spinning if it’s on an incorrect spin setting or wash cycle. Some cycles run at slower speeds than others and some allow you to vary the spin speed for different sized loads. Putting it on the wrong cycle can confuse the control and stop the washer from spinning.

Sometimes, a washer will stop spinning if you have it so overloaded it can’t adjust to the spin cycle selected. It is best to wash smaller loads rather than overload the washer. Smaller loads allow for a more effective, thorough cleaning and will be kinder to your washer.

Why is my Maytag washing machine making a clicking noise?

A strange, odd clicking or ticking noise from your Maytag washer could mean that something is stuck in the washer drain. Turn the machine off, look inside the drum, and check the drain. Also look in all your clothes’ pockets to see if there are things like coins, pocket knives, or other metal-type objects that accidentally were thrown in the wash. 

How long can I expect my Maytag washer to last?

Most washers, including Maytag washing machines, will last around 11 years, according to Consumer Reports. The advice is to repair washing machines rather than replace them if it’s more than eight years old, especially if you have a high-end washer.

Most problems that occur with washers are relatively small, easy to fix, and inexpensive to remedy. Motors and control panels are designed simply so they can be repaired or replaces with ease in a short time.

Repairs to most washers cost, on average, under $200 so it makes sense to repair them rather than buy a new one. 

Also, most, like Maytag, come with a good warranty that covers many possible problems.

Is Maytag still a good brand?

Absolutely. Maytag has always been a major player in the appliance industry. It has a durable construction, solid warranties and has always focused on customer service.

Who manufacturers Maytag washers?

Maytag is owned by Whirlpool Corp. Whirlpool has been a leader in the home appliance market for decades and is synonymous with reliability and quality. It owns a variety of brands including KitchenAid, Amana, Consul, and Jenn-Air as well as Maytag and the Whirlpool brand.


Some problems with your washing machine are small issues that are easy to fix without calling a service repair technician. It is good to try to fix these little issues yourself to get your washer running again quickly and save you the cost in calling out a technician.

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