How to Troubleshoot a Maytag


F. L. Maytag made his first washer in 1907. The Maytag brand offers an array of home appliances with high quality performance and endurance. Troubleshooting these valuable machines will allow you to fix any problem promptly and correctly. With a device so many people heavily rely on, a permanent breakdown should not be an option.

Things You'll Need

  • Guide to Maytag troubleshooting (see reference 1)
  • Identify the problem. Will it agitate? Will it spin? Will it drain? Does it leak or make excessive noise? Determine the main area of concern.

  • Check the outlet and wire to ensure proper power is being supplied. Push the knob in and turn said knob to a wash cycle (i.e., delicates, permanent press). Close the lid all the way, pull out the knob and wait for the washer to start. If the lid switch is malfunctioning, a back up switch will not allow water to run or the washer to agitate until the main lid switch is fixed.

  • Correct the specific problem. Level the feet of the washer to reduce excessive noise. Tighten the water hoses in the back of the washer to eliminate leakage. Level the load if the washer stops mid-cycle.

  • Contact a Maytag licensed mechanic when the problem is beyond the scope of the troubleshooting manual. If the washer does not spin correctly and you have checked the power supply, closed the lid and leveled the load, it might be a defective belt. This replacement should be performed by someone familiar with the model.

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