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My rather old Maytag SE1000 washer dryer combo is acting up in the spin cycle. The washer slowly agitates to and fro but never gets to spinning and draining the water.

I checked the lid switch  (lid open - does not work; while lid open stuck a screwdriver in the slot to press the switch - heard a clicking sound and the washer powered up). So my guess is that the lid switch is not the problem.

Can someone help me with the following questions

(1) what may be the problem.
(2) if this something that I can repair. I am pretty handy with tools and mechanical and electric assembly/disaasembly but don't have any specialized tools and probably don't have the physical strength to be able to turn the darn thing upside down.
(3) how much it might cost me to get it repaired - just a rough estimate? I am tight on money but if this number is too much I just may have to swallow a bitter pill and buy a new unit).

Many thanks in advance.

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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does drain
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2008, 12:02:45 PM »
I am so sorry - there is a typo in the subject line for the first post. It should read -

Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain

I looked for an edit post button, but couldn't find it.

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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does not drain
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2008, 12:09:37 PM »
Another thing - no unusual sounds other than that of gentle agitation.

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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does drain
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2008, 08:07:36 PM »
We all use the service manual in times like this:

Stack Manual

Another note, not that we would ever  stand this unit upside down, but the washer does easily separate from the dryer for service. 2 screws at the bottom of the front panel and out she comes.
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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2008, 06:36:07 AM »
I am so sorry - there is a typo in the subject line for the first post. It should read -

Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain

I looked for an edit post button, but couldn't find it.

My apologies!

There is no edit button for new members.

I edited the title for you.
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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2008, 07:28:34 PM »
AJ, thanks for the edit!

So I had a repair technician come in to look at the machine. He thinks it is the relay as he couldn't hear any clicking sound as the relay cycled from wash to spin. Also, the relay had some green stuff in it, indicating copper corrosion. Also, he said that the "voltage was not getting through". So it looks like the relay which he will get tomorrow. But I am bit puzzled because he still seemed a bit unsure and said if the relay didn't solve the problem, he would look at the control board. I hope not but we will see.

At least it is not the transmission.

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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2008, 06:54:59 AM »
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He thinks it is the relay

Hmm, I wonder what relay that could be?

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But I am bit puzzled because he still seemed a bit unsure

I think your technician is a puzzled too and is just taking a wild guess at this point.


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At least it is not the transmission.

There is no transmission in this washer.  :)

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The washer slowly agitates to and fro but never gets to spinning and draining the water.

Can you see standing water in the washer when you open the door and look or do you just hear the sound of water when the tub moves?









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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2008, 06:58:26 AM »
I suspect his 'technician' is referring to the motor reversing relay, mounted just under the pressure switch on the  left front wall of the cabinet.

The manual has all the details for checking this relay and is an important step in his diagnosis. Indeed, this machine has the  Dependable Drive 2-belt transmission setup as on all older standard Maytags.

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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2008, 07:04:50 AM »
I did not look up the model number, just took a look at the manual you posted the link too.

The link you posted is for the Maytag Neptune Stacked Laundry Service Repair Manual.

Now that I used the model number to look up a parts diagram I see it is one of the good old belt drive maytage washer. :)
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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2008, 07:07:00 AM »
ROFL,
btw: were is Texas?.. :)
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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2008, 01:58:10 PM »
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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2008, 03:08:47 PM »
You guys!! {LOL}
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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2008, 07:03:33 PM »
Yes, it was the motor reversing relay. The technician said he had not seen anything like it before!

The relay was $30 online. Got charged $80 for it. Another $75 for labor. He spent less than 45 minutes total at the site, but he did have to make two trips as he didn't have the relay with him the first time. Putting the relay back took 10 minutes total.

I am surprised at the mark up on parts - I always knew it was high, but this seems really high. I was almost of the mind to tell him not to come this morning when he called with estimate. But his being the Christmas season, I said whatever...

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Re: Spin cycle - agitates but does not spin, does NOT drain
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2008, 08:54:05 PM »
Glad to hear you got it working again.
Thanks for the update. :santa_afro:
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