Maytag Washer Not Working

Are you having trouble getting your Maytag washer to work?

Not to worry, it might just be something simple that you can easily fix.

Maytag is an extremely popular and well-regarded brand, but just like with any top brand, there can sometimes be problems with their products that need to be fixed.

Here are some common causes and how to fix them.

The following models of Maytag washer are all covered by this guide:






















Check the Timer

The first thing to check is the timer on the washer. If the timer is defective, then this will stop the washer from functioning correctly, since it’s a crucial part of a washing machine. You can check it by:

  1. Checking your washer’s wiring diagram to locate the terminals that control the timer motor.
  2. Unplug the power chord of your machine at the wall.
  3. Open the washer’s control panel
  4. Unplug the timer’s wiring harness.
  5. Use a multimeter to test the timer for continuity – if it reads 0.000 on the display meter, then there is continuity. You should be able to find a pictorial diagram on the back of the washer that shows you which numbers on the timer socket match with which set of contact within the timer.
  6. You should also get a reading of greater than 0.000 but less than 5 ohms when you check the resistance.
  7. If the motor winding is defective, then the multimeter will display “”O.L.” on the display, and this means it is defective and needs to be replaced.

Check the User Control and Display Board

Another common issue is a defective user control and display board. To see if it is faulty:

  1. Make sure each button is working properly by testing them out. If some of the buttons aren’t working correctly, this could mean your board needs to be replaced.
  2. Before replacing it, check that the control and display board has power.
  3. If you find that it isn’t a power issue, replace the board.

Check the Line Fuse

When the circuits in your washer are overloaded, the line fuse blows, causing the washer to not work. To check if the line fuse is faulty, you will need to:

  1. Use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the meter reads 0.000 on the display, then there is continuity – which means it doesn’t need to be replaced.
  2. If the line fuse does not have continuity, you’ll need to replace it.
  3. If you do need to replace it, then make sure you find out the underlying cause so you can make sure it doesn’t happen again. You can do this by checking for components that have shorted out, like wires, the drain pump, or the washer motor.

Check the Thermal Fuse

When your Maytag washer overheats, it can cause the thermal fuse to blow. When this happens, it will stop the washer from starting.

  • To determine if the thermal fuse is OK, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. Again, if the meter reads 0.000 on the display, then there is continuity, and it doesn’t need to be replaced.
  • If you do replace the fuse, make sure you investigate further as to the root cause of the problem, or the new fuse will probably blow out as well.

Check if the Power Works

When your washer won’t work, it might be as simple as your power outlet not working. Pull out the power chord from the washer and then try another appliance to see if that works. If the other appliance also doesn’t work, then you have a problem with your power source. You should then check your fuses, and if you find a fault with the fuses and fix them, the washer should start working again.

Check the Door Lock

The door lock on the washer ensures that the door stays shut while the washing machine is in operation. If you discover that the door isn’t shutting properly, this means that the washer won’t work, and this could be the cause of the problem. Faulty door locks can be caused by mechanical or electronic issues. You can check the lock by:

  1. Check the door lock to see if there is any obvious damage. If so, you will need to replace it.
  2. If it is not damaged, check that it latches correctly, and if it doesn’t, then it will also need to be replaced.
  3. If it is not a mechanical issue, then you’ll need to use a multimeter to test that each of the door lock switches has continuity. If not, you will need to replace the switches.

Check the Power Cord

It could be that the washer’s power cord isn’t working correctly, so give it a thorough going over to ensure it is not the cause of the washer not working. You can do that by:

  1. Ensuring that the power is getting to the electrical outlet.
  2. If that is not the problem, then use a multimeter to test to see if the cord is working correctly.
  3. If it is not working, then replace the power cord.

Check the Main Control Board

If your Maytag washer is not working, then it could be due to a defective main control board. However, this is only the cause in extremely limited cases, so make sure you check out the other common causes before replacing the mainboard. If you need to replace the mainboard, then it can be very expensive and, depending on the washer, may not be worth doing.

Hopefully, one of these eight solutions that we outlined above has helped you to solve the problem and your Maytag washer is working again. Ensure that you go through each step of the solutions to get the best results.


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