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Older Maytag top load
« on: August 18, 2008, 06:32:25 PM »
I have had a VERY dependable Maytag top loader since around 96 or 97. Suddenly last night, it died, mid-cycle. I played with the cycles and learned it will spin and empty the water, but will not fill, or start. I have a meter, and as best I can tell, the lid switch and the flow valve both test OK (meter jumps when lid opens, resistance across the valve contacts is not zero). Turned the belts in both directions & nothing seems locked up. When I turn the washer on to the normal start point, I think I can hear a slight hum from somewhere, butr nothing is happening

Since I just had to replace the water heater last week (dang!), I have decided to be the Maytag repairman.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Model lat8705aae

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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008, 06:42:03 PM »
Hearing a "slight hum" might be a clogged water hose. The valve may be trying to let water in. Check to see that all the inlet hoses are clear and that you can run water thru them with the machine disconected. Try switching water temps from hot to cold to see if it changes. If it died mid-cycle, the cold solenoid may be bad.
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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2008, 06:43:12 PM »
on my way to try that! thanks!

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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2008, 06:47:30 PM »
Also check for a blown fuse on the lid switch inside the top console. This would indicate a blown monitor switch  and you can order the lid switch assy as a unit.

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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2008, 07:38:36 PM »
Hearing a "slight hum" might be a clogged water hose. The valve may be trying to let water in. Check to see that all the inlet hoses are clear and that you can run water thru them with the machine disconected. Try switching water temps from hot to cold to see if it changes. If it died mid-cycle, the cold solenoid may be bad.

 ;DYou, sir, are a genius! Undid the cold hose, popped out the hose washer with its little screen full of 11 years of gunk and TA-DA, I am a hero on the home front! All I had to do at that point was find the sweetspot for the lidswitch, and it seems to be running fine.

Thanks for your excellent advice and your prompt response to my question!

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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2008, 08:39:36 PM »
Well, not so fast - seems that the test cycle on delicate I ran worked fine. Perm Press cycle runs fine. Regular wash cycle, the washer fills, then stops - won't agitate. If I turn the dial manually, it will spin and drain. Sound like a timer issue?

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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2008, 05:31:08 AM »
Now it is a timer issue :)
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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2008, 11:31:15 AM »
That white switch on that picture will cause problems in them washers. If that fuse is blown then the water valve won't work but if that check switch is faulty you will have problems.
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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2008, 03:58:56 PM »
The ongoing saga of my Maytag top loader - got a new timer. Is there some trick to get the knob off the front of the timer shaft, or is it just a friction fit? Don't want to break something because I'm trying to do it wrong!

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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2008, 05:04:34 PM »
Just pop the cap off the end of the timer knob. There is a clip under it that holds the knob in place on the timer shaft.

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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2008, 05:05:55 PM »
#3 in the diagram is the cap that you need to pop off.

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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2008, 07:45:58 PM »
Have you replaced that white switch or just gonna shoot for a timer you may not need?
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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2008, 08:36:24 PM »
JW, forget about the monitor switch...read what he said.
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Well, not so fast - seems that the test cycle on delicate I ran worked fine. Perm Press cycle runs fine. Regular wash cycle, the washer fills, then stops - won't agitate. If I turn the dial manually, it will spin and drain.



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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2008, 06:21:57 PM »
#3 in the diagram is the cap that you need to pop off.



Got it! Great diagram - thanks!

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Re: Older Maytag top load
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2008, 06:37:05 PM »
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Got it! Great diagram - thanks!

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