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anastatia
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 10, 2005
3:06 AM

Post #1611965

I have a 5-6 yr old Maytag top loader. I was starting and stopping it because I kept adding something to the cycle. All of a sudden it just stopped. Checked fuses, outlet. Any suggestions?
Frankay
Northport, ME
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2005
4:11 AM

Post #1612194

Do you have a VOM? Are you confident enough to check voltage at the wiring in the timer? If you said "Huh?" to this, call the Maytag guy.
anastatia
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 10, 2005
2:54 PM

Post #1612936

Huh? good thing the maytag man ain't busy! Mary

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 12, 2005
6:21 PM

Post #1618897

Did youi find a reset button? Some machines have them, esp. thinks like garbage disposals, water heaters and other machines that have a big initial start-up elec. load.
anastatia
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 12, 2005
6:35 PM

Post #1618925

We took the timer to the appliance shop and it is OK and he thinks it is probably the lid switch but we are not sure how to access that. The timer and water level/temp dials are on the back of the top of the machine but this switch? thru the big back frame or the flat top does it lift up? This part is onlyh $18 so if we can fix it for that and not the $$$ a service call would cost. Thanks

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 12, 2005
6:40 PM

Post #1618935

Heck, I'm no help there. Couldn't get the top off my Maytag with a similar problem.
budgielover
Pinellas Park, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 20, 2005
4:13 PM

Post #1636513

See if this site can help.

http://www.applianceaid.com/
budgielover
Pinellas Park, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 20, 2005
4:14 PM

Post #1636517

Try here

http://www.applianceaid.com/maytagwash.html
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
4:21 PM

Post #1636534

anastatia, it's probably too late to help, but if it's the lid switch...yes, the top flips up (use a standard screw driver to pry it up). The switch can be fairly easily replaced OR you can just connect the two black wires together and bypass the switch. This will save you the cost of a new switch BUT I wouldn't recommend it if you have children who help you wash clothes...that same switch is what stops the spin cycle when you open the lid. If a child opens the lid and reaches in to get out or put in something they could easily break their arm.
anastatia
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 20, 2005
6:06 PM

Post #1636758

Get this. We took the timer out to the appliance place and they said it looked good and they suspected it was the lid switch. Described where it was located etc so we disconnected the only thing we figured it was and took it out. It was 5 min before closing and some woman in the parts dept could not id the part I had so I assumed it was not the lid switch. When the guy came to the house the next day, yes that was the lid switch and it is a $17 part and the total bill $108!!
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
6:40 PM

Post #1636804

Ouch!!! I bet that hurt! No fair, eh! (I must be in the wrong bizness!)

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2005
7:53 PM

Post #1636977

Hey, I just saw an "exposť" on TV about appliance repair fraud. You got off cheap.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2005
11:33 PM

Post #1637356

5 min till closing... she didn't want to id that part!! Sorry about that! Always go in with at least an hour to spare so they don't mind spending the time needed to help you. She was prob thinking how much more she had to do after you left, before she could go home! ~ Suzi ♥
anastatia
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 21, 2005
2:38 AM

Post #1637749

I really thought about making a stink but it would have been "I said, she said" and I do not talk that jargon well and could be flustered.

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