Maytag Bravos Diagnostic Mode Explained

It’s always frustrating when your washer stops working or malfunctions abruptly. It messes with your schedule and might ruin your day. When this happens, you’ll want to fix the problem immediately and get your washer to its working state.

Knowing the suitable method of diagnosis will make your troubleshooting journey easier. If you want to fix your Maytag Bravos washer yourself, it’s always a smart move to run the self-test or diagnostic mode.

This article will explain the diagnostic mode for the Maytag Bravos washer, its benefits, and how you can use it. At the end of the article, you’ll be able to activate the self-test mode to aid your troubleshooting journey.

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Let’s get started.

About Diagnostic Mode On Maytag Bravos Washer

The diagnostic mode is a less-known but intelligent feature on the Maytag washer. It’s a self-test feature in most models of Maytag appliances. When used, it makes the troubleshooting process a smooth one.

It’s one of the most accessible means of determining the problem with your machine. It’s a quick and overall check-up process on your washing machine that can assist in troubleshooting its problem.

The diagnostic process gives more control and flexibility in solving your machine problem. When your washer runs into trouble, checking the part manually for faults or malfunctions can take time. You can sit back and relax while the diagnostic mode narrows down the problem source.

It helps you test what is going wrong or what has gone wrong with your washer. When you enable it, it runs a myriad of tests on the crucial components of the machine. The test aims to check the overall working condition of each component and determine if there’s a problem anywhere.

The test verifies all inputs to the control board of your machine so it can identify the problem source and direct you in the right direction.

If it notices a problem with any part, it quickly prompts an error code to notify you of the malfunction. With the error code, you can now take the necessary steps to solve the problem accordingly.

The diagnostic step assists you in troubleshooting your appliance, and it should be your first step when your machine stops working correctly.

So how can you enable the self-test mode?

Starting The Diagnostic Mode On Maytag Bravos Washer

The diagnostic mode is a quick and reliable automatic inspection process on your washer. When you notice any problem with your washer, before trying specific troubleshooting steps, you can use the diagnostic mode to detect the problem.

Starting the diagnostic mode on the Maytag Bravos washer is a simple process. There are three different diagnostic modes, and you’ll need to pick the suitable one to save time. However, whichever one you want to run,  you’ll need to plug in your machine and put it in standby mode.

Below are the step-by-step instructions on how to enter the different types of diagnostic modes on the Maytag Bravos washer:

Automatic Diagnostic Mode

This mode tests the machine with water cycles to scrutinize if all the primary washer functions are working effectively. You can enable it as follows:

  • Put your washer in standby mode.
  • Locate the control panel and inspect the buttons on it
  • Select any button except Start, Power, or Stop.
  • Press the chosen button for about three seconds
  • Release the button for another three seconds
  • Repeat the process twice to make it three attempts.
  • The process means you’ll press the button for three seconds, then release it for another three seconds in three different times.

If the key press is done correctly, the machine will enter diagnostic mode. You can confirm if your machine is in diagnostic mode when all the indicator lights flash for about five seconds and the display screen shows “88”. If it doesn’t, try the process again.

After the ” 88″ sign is displayed, the screen will show any saved fault codes. If there’s none, all indicator lights will go off for a few seconds, then come back on, and the screen displays “88” again. The automatic diagnostic test mode will now start after about five seconds.

You can use the Power or Stop button to exit the diagnostic mode anytime.

Manual Diagnostic Mode

The manual diagnostic mode will OFF all washer outputs and test them. You can activate it as follows:

  • Follow the process for the automatic test mode above till step 6.
  • After pressing and releasing the key three times, press it one more time immediately the “88” sign shows.

If you don’t press the button within the five seconds interval, your machine will enter the automatic diagnostic mode.

However, if it enters the manual mode correctly, the machine will give a single beep, and the screen will display ID# and then 00. Afterward, the “add a garment” indicator light will flash.

You can use the main cycle selector to select the output you wish to run the test. You can also use the Start button to activate or deactivate any selected output.

Console Diagnostic Test Mode

This test mode will check the console indicators, selector knob, beeper, two-digit display, and user interface buttons. You can enable it as follows:

  • Put the machine in Standby mode
  • Press and release Soil Level == Wash/Rinse Temp == Soil Level == Wash/Rinse Temp within four seconds in that sequence
  • The screen will display “dt” to indicate success
  • Now press the Start button within five seconds to enter diagnostic mode.

If the machine can’t enter diagnostic mode, press the power button and double-check the button you’re pressing. Ensure it is working correctly.


  • Danny Saunders

    Danny Saunders is a tech enthusiast. He enjoys getting his hands dirty with the features and settings of tech products and pushing them to their limits just to know how to get the best from them and how well they can endure "abuse" without breaking down. He shares his findings on this blog.