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Maytag Atlantis MAV6451AWW

A couple nights ago, we loaded the washer the way we normally do, the machine filled, started and a couple minutes later, a burning smell was coming from the machine. I shut it off and unplugged it. After retreiving the fire extinguisher, I plugged the machine in, and started it. It would hum, but nothing else. I have taken the front of the machine off did a visual check, nothing seemed burnt or out of the ordinary. the humming seems to be coming from the plugs that reside on top of the water filling area. Any advice?

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  • mark308 Sep 02, 2008

    We have a maytag MAV6451AWW.  It was working fine until it just stopped agitating in the middle of the wash cycle.  If you push it to stop and come back later and start the machine it will start but stop after about 15 seconds.  It will fill the tub with water and start the cycle but stop a short time later (15 seconds).  after a rest period, I can advance it to the final sin cycle and it will drain the tub and spin until the end of the cycle as normal.  There is also a plastic/burning smell.  Not that strong but noticeable. 



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Turn off the water and remove the hoses from both the wall and from the back of the machine. check the screens inside of the machines water valve, they are probably clogged. do the same for the hose screens on the other end. replace the hose screens at the wall end and remove the screens from inside the machine. replace hoses and turn the water on and you should be good to go

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