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Our 1986 top load Maytag washing machine will not start the cycle. When we turn on the dial, no water comes out. There's no sound to indicate that any power is reaching the machine. We checked the power cord and it seems to be fine.

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  • jenny_feick Mar 10, 2009

    No, nothing else is plugged into that outlet other than the dryer, which has always been plugged into that outlet. The dryer still functions fine.

  • jenny_feick Mar 10, 2009

    Thanks. We will try this when we get home from work later today. Someone else suggested that this type of machine has an out of balance switch that shuts off the machine when it senses it is not level. Or, there could be a problem with the drum.

  • StanStihl May 11, 2010

    did you plug something else into the outlet to make sure the breaker hasn't tripped?


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If you have a volt meter, you can test the valve inside the machine to see if there is power getting to the valve. If you listen very carefully to the back of the machine when it turns on, you might be able to hear a slight "buzz" coming from where the hoses plug in. If you hear a buzz, then the valve has gone bad, and needs replacement. If you don't hear anything, it might still be the valve, but you will have to test it with a meter to make sure.

If the valve proves to be fine, then chances are the dial timer has gone kaput.

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