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Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« on: February 08, 2013, 07:31:39 PM »
I inherited a Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW washer that had been stored for some years without use. The washer worked for a few months then just quit. I brought the machine to my garage and proceeded to go to school on its operation, discovering that these washers were the subject of a class action lawsuit, lots of mold issues and damage to control boards due to a poor door wax motor.

Upon examining the control board in this machine, it was obvious that the board had suffered component failure. R11 and Q6 had been previously repaired. R52 was now damaged. Also, examining the traces on the underside of the board showed corrosion of several of these traces.

The control board in question provides all the control function for the washer. A board failure means that the washer cycle(s) will be affected. These boards are rather fragile in that the board traces are thin and require care when soldering. Also, I understand that the processor on the board is no longer available.

I do not have logic level diagnostic experience and so I went looking for someone who does.  I found a fellow who knows these control boards and also knows how to repair them at an attractive price. Also, he has his own Neptune and so can verify proper control board operation by substitution. 

I received the repaired board back from him in a few days and installed it along with a new wax motor.

I now have a quiet, properly operating Maytag Neptune washer in good condition, no leaks, sound tub bearing and seal and the improved door boot (no mold odor) all for less than $55.00 total investment.

Should I sell it, save it, install it in the house or save it for a rainy day when the cheap Frigidaire washer I have now quits.

I'm thinking of removing the cabinet, sending it out for custom Imron painting....maybe some pin stripping, a few LEDs   ???  and custom end-of-cycle music  :D.

Any thoughts folks?  :popcorn:

PS: Does anyone know of a door with window that fits this model? LEDs with a window door...now that would be cool.   8) :banana:
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Re: Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013, 07:38:15 PM »
Sell it

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Re: Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013, 07:41:43 PM »
I own the Maytag model built after that and will rebuild it before I get a newer unit. I am a former OL' Lonely repair guy for over 25 years. All my stuff is Maytag. If you have the room keep it!

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Re: Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 07:46:06 PM »
I own the Maytag model built after that and will rebuild it before I get a newer unit. I am a former OL' Lonely repair guy for over 25 years. All my stuff is Maytag. If you have the room keep it!

I tend to agree....these things are so easy to repair and work on.
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Re: Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2013, 08:52:58 PM »
These Neptunes got a bad rap. They have a lot of good features.  It has tilted tub and a sloped front door that makes it almost as easy to load as a toploader.  The door is reversible.  It has a one piece tub that's easier for servicing and has no seam to leak.  You can do a bearing job without removing the tub. If you take out the light bulb and leave the door open after use, it will never get moldy.


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PS: Does anyone know of a door with window that fits this model? LEDs with a window door...now that would be cool.


There's a vibration damper in the door, it might get a little shaky without it.

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Re: Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2013, 06:47:18 PM »
These Neptunes got a bad rap. They have a lot of good features.  It has tilted tub and a sloped front door that makes it almost as easy to load as a toploader.  The door is reversible.  It has a one piece tub that's easier for servicing and has no seam to leak.  You can do a bearing job without removing the tub. If you take out the light bulb and leave the door open after use, it will never get moldy.


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PS: Does anyone know of a door with window that fits this model? LEDs with a window door...now that would be cool.


There's a vibration damper in the door, it might get a little shaky without it.

Good to know.  :thanks:


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Re: Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2013, 07:19:27 PM »
These Neptunes got a bad rap. They have a lot of good features.  It has tilted tub and a sloped front door that makes it almost as easy to load as a toploader.  The door is reversible.  It has a one piece tub that's easier for servicing and has no seam to leak.  You can do a bearing job without removing the tub. If you take out the light bulb and leave the door open after use, it will never get moldy.


All good things to know. Now, do you have an opinion on a custom paint job? A color preference? Have you ever seen one of these things customized? Where should I put the LEDs?

For what these things cost new, there outta be an aftermarket source of customizing parts like for ATVs, PWCs, motorcycles, etc.

Next year, I'm going to get me one of these. 


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Re: Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2013, 08:11:06 PM »
Nice boat! How fast does it go?

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Re: Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2013, 09:47:29 AM »
Nice boat! How fast does it go?

I had one up to 60 MPH behind my motorhome.

http://www.johnmillerboats.com/
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Re: Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2013, 08:56:53 PM »
I gotta go with bigbuck on this one.

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Re: Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2013, 10:17:51 PM »
I gotta go with bigbuck on this one.

Can you elaborate please?    :thanks:
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Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2013, 10:25:14 PM »
Well if it was mine and it worked as you say . Then I would sell it . I have had a couple of issues with them thru the years. Lol , well maybe more than a couple. That said if you paint it I always liked purple

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Re: Resurrected Maytag Neptune MAH4000AWW
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2014, 04:39:17 PM »
So, some of you were naysayers, some said keep it. Keep it I did and installed a repaired control board and new wax motor for about $50.00 total.

It has been relegated to duty out in my garage where is does laundry for myself and some neighbors. I use a garden hose for water the supply. It has endured the freezing temperatures in my unheated garage (5 deg F.) this winter with no complaints.

I have not winterized it but I do have a quick disconnect on the water supply.

This machine is really excellent and gets clothes very clean. I'm glad I kept it.  :banana:
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