Is your Maytag direct drive front load washer (MHW5500FW0) not working properly and displaying an F5E1 error code (a door latch or door lock error code)? Fixing the door is a simple process. Just follow the instructions below:
Before you begin repairing your washer, be sure to unplug the machine. It is also recommended that you check for proper voltage.
First, gather materials: small flat blade screwdriver, T20 Torx Driver, and a pair of needle nose pliers. You might also want forceps.
Next, you will want to open the door to access the door bellows and door lock assembly. Release the spring clamp on the door bellows using your forceps or your flat blade screwdriver. Lift up on the spring and peel it out, and then remove the bellows by folding it in to get it out of your way. You may use something to keep it propped in.
Now, release your two T20 Torx screws to the right of the machine: one at the top and one at the bottom. At this point, you can bring the door lock out to see it. You will see a large molex on the left and a small computerized molex on the right. Remove the larger molex first, and then the smaller molex by pulling back on the tab that locks it in place, and pulling up on the molex. Use your forceps to pull back on the tab, rock the molex forward, and your door lock is removed.
To replace your old door lock with the new one, start with the small molex plugs and use it to push back on the plastic retainer. Once you have it in position, push down on the molex. Now plug in your larger molex on the back side of the door lock. Rotate the door lock back into position and reinstall your two T20 Torx screws at the top and bottom.
To reinstall the bellows, get the rim of the bellows all around the lip on the front panel. Bring it up and over and tuck it in all the way around. To reinstall the ring, use a spring clamp to hold one end of the bellow spring to the channel on the washer. Then work the spring over with a pair of pliers and rout the spring into the bellows. Stretch the spring as far over as you can and use your finger or thumbnail to get it into the groove of the bellow.
Once its seated, release tension on the spring and remove the tool and your clamp. And that completes the repair.