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Excessive Suds in a Front Load Washer

How to Eliminate Excessive Suds in my Maytag Front Load Washer 

Did you use High Efficiency (HE) detergent?

Use only High Efficiency (HE) detergent. Using non-HE detergent or more than the manufacturer's recommended amount of soap can cause excessive suds. The excess suds can cause the washer to run at a reduced spin speed, which will result in very wet loads. It can also increase the cycle time due to an increase in rinses trying to eliminate the suds.

  • If you see "Sud" or "Sd" with the Rinse status light on, the washer is in the process of removing suds. Let the cycle continue.
  • If you see "Sud" or "Sd" and the Cycle Complete light is on, the washer detected too many suds during the cycle, and your load may not be thoroughly rinsed, or water may not be entirely removed. You may want to select a Rinse/Spin cycle for further rinsing. 
Watch the video below for more information about using HE detergent:

Did you use "no splash" or "easy-pour" liquid chlorine bleach?

This type of liquid chlorine bleach contains a thickening agent that may create excess suds in washers. If this is the case, run the machine empty, using regular liquid bleach products, or clean with affresh® washer cleaner before running another load.

Clean with affresh® washer cleaner 

Use affresh® washer cleaner every 30 days to keep washer fresh and reduce detergent build-up.

affresh® cleaners are available at many retailers. Find one here.

Is the bulk dispenser being used?

If your washing machine has a bulk dispenser feature check the following:

  • Is the bulk dispenser enabled?  If it is, there is no need to add additional detergent to the load.  Doing so could cause excessive suds. 
  • What is the concentration level set to?  It is essential to understand detergent concentration, as you need to input this into the machine. If the concentration level is set correctly, it could cause additional suds. 

CLICK HERE for additional information on using the bulk dispenser

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