We have a Maytag washer that has served us faithfully for over 20 years
and survived two cross-country moves.
Recently, while in the wash cycle, the agitator stops and it makes a
loud groaning noise for a minute or so. After the noise stops, the
agitator doesn't start up again for maybe 5 minutes. The agitator runs
only briefly, then the whole thing repeats. The timer is still running
so it eventually gets to the rinse cycle and appears to run normally
after that point.
Does anyone have any ideas on this one? I'll fix it myself if I can
find out what's wrong or at least get an angle on diagnosing it.
I can't tell whether motor is running at this point until it fails
again. The problem is intermittent and has gone away for the moment!
My wife thinks the problem occurs only when the water saver is set to
small or medium loads. I will have to re-test and let you know.
Have you considred that if you need to purchase a part you can probably
purchase a used 84 or better model for less money ($50)? I would ask
your local laundry owner with outdated machines how to fix it and if
that doesn't work I would spring for a new used one.
Hope this helps,
Is this the Maytag washer with the motor that slides on rails different
directions depending on if it runs clockwise or counter clockwise ?
Do a search in Yahoo Groups for FreeCycle.
This is a set of groups dedicated to giving away for free stuff people
nolonger need. Lots of perfectly running older washers offered in the
group for my area. Just supply your own way of getting it from point a
to point b.
On 5 Sep 2005 11:12:37 -0700, in alt.home.repair firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My experience (local to me only) on this sort of stopping/restarting extends
to dryers, but essentially the same thing may be taking place. Possibly.
The motor itself may be weakening such that when it gets hot it quits, then
later when cooled down it will restart. .....FWIW
Also FWIW, I have been told by washer repairmen that the worst thing I can
do for the motor is put the machine on some of the "specialty" cycles (in my
case, the Permanent Press cycle). I have no idea why that is, but I always
run the regular wash cycle.
Most electric motors have a thermal cutout built in.
If something jams the motor, it cuts out before the motor burns up.
As the OP always has the same problem at one spot in the "cycle"
I would suggest looking at the transmisson for worn gears or misadjustment.
This is far beyond what most homeowners can do themselves, as it requires a
bit more technical skill, and brute force, than most have.
(not impossible though)
To save a bit of money you can pull it out, and bring it to someone who can
Most appliance repair places can do it, or may have rebuilt transmissions
ready to go.
Then just pop the rebuilt one back in.
But the OP is far better off to repair the old one, as newer washers are not
built anywhere near as well.
Unless the OP may be considering moving up to one of the newer front loaders
to save water & power costs.
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