Maytag Washer Motor Will Not Start


According to popular television ads that ran beginning in the mid-twentieth century, Maytag washing machines so seldom broke down that the Maytag repairman never had anything to do. Advertising fictions aside, Maytag washers do occasionally break down or don't start at all. A washer that won't start suggests a glitch in the electrical system somewhere. Before you disturb your Maytag repairman, however, attempt a few at-home troubleshooting tips to get your washer up and running.

  • Confirm that the machine is receiving power properly. Ensure that the power cord is plugged into a 3-prong grounded outlet; heavy appliances such as washing machines should never be plugged into an extension cord. If necessary, move the washer closer to an appropriate outlet.

  • Check to see if a fuse has blown or a breaker has been tripped. A blown fuse will have a gap in the metal band that crosses its front while a tripped circuit breaker will be facing the opposite direction from the other circuit breakers in the box. If this is the case, replace the fuse or reset the circuit breaker.

  • Confirm that the door or top of the washer is firmly closed. On a front-loading washer, the door must be locked, which it should do automatically when you start the washer. If you see the code "dL" flashing on the control panel, check to see if any items are caught between the washer and the door, preventing it from closing. Press POWER/CANCEL to clear the code.

  • Open the washer's door and securely close it. The door must be opened and closed at least once after every cycle in order for a new cycle to start.

  • Press the "POWER" button and hold the "START/PAUSE" button down for one second to start the washer.

  • Examine the washer to see if it is overloaded. An overloaded washer may not start. Remove some of the clothes from the washer, press the "POWER" button and hold down the "START/PAUSE" button for one second.

  • Unplug the washer (or trip the circuit breaker) for 30 seconds. Plug the washer back in or reset the circuit breaker and press the "POWER" button and the "START/PAUSE" button for one second to start the washing machine.

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