My Maytag Performa Washer Stopped Mid-cycle


The Whirlpool Corporation sells the Maytag brand of consumer and commercial appliances. Maytag offers washing machines with specialty features like steam-cleaning, anti-vibration and high-efficiency technologies. The Maytag Performa super-capacity washer is an older washing machine model that Whirlpool no longer sells. While these washers generally work without any issues, you may experience minor problems like the washer stopping during the cycle. Repair these minor problems, and avoid expensive service repair fees.


  • If your Maytag washer stops mid-cycle, see if you have tripped a circuit breaker or blown a fuse. Turn the circuit breaker back on, and change out any fuses that are black or have broken wires. Verify that the washer is plugged into a live outlet. Test the outlet with another appliance. Plug the washing machine directly into the outlet and not into an extension cord or adapter. If you are experiencing a power outage, contact your electrical company.


  • Your Maytag washer may not start the spin cycle if the load is too large or unbalanced. Open up the lid and remove some clothing if the load is too large. Redistribute the load around the agitator, and restart the cycle. Only use the right type of detergent for your washing machine, and only use enough for your current load. If not, oversudsing occurs, and your washing machine stops the cycle. Stop the current cycle, and use the "Drain and Spin" cycle to remove the suds. Restart the cycle.

Lid Switch/Level

  • The lid switch is a white plastic component located near your door frame. A Maytag washing machine won't run if this switch is defective. Remove the washing machine power cord from the outlet, and open up the main housing. Examine the switch, and see if any component is broken. If not, use a multimeter to see if the component has continuity. If it is defective, order a new one from a Maytag parts dealer, since this component is difficult to fix. Always level your washer, since excessive shaking causes the washer to shut off. Stabilize the floor underneath, or adjust the leveling legs.

Additional Concerns

  • If your washing machine stops filling with water, verify that the water pressure in your area is adequate. Attach a water pressure gauge to the line. If it's below 30 psi, contact your water company. Shut off water in other parts of the home, and wait for the water pressure to return to normal. Clean the fill hoses if dirty. If the washer isn't draining, clean out the drainage hose and straighten it if kinked. Turn on both the hot and cold water faucets. See if any clothing is caught in the pump. Completely depress the cycle buttons to start the cycle, and properly align the "Cycle Control" knob with a cycle setting.

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