Question about Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer
Your door lock switch (not the one that turns your "door locked" light on) which allows your spin cycle to engage is probably not engaging properly. This is usually caused by the failure of the motor which locks the front washer door, and not this switch. As you know, that door is difficult to open even when it is unlocked so there is really no need for it to be locked.
Therefore, instead of spending a pile of money tryng to resolve this problem, make sure it does not happen again by tricking the machine into thinking the door is locked.
To do this first remove the front washer panel. Then remove the front screws which lock down the top cover. This gives you access to this switch. Fold up a piece of stiff paper and jam it in next to this switch so that it alwatys gives a "door is locked" signal to the machine control board.
Your machine should now operate and spin properly.
Of course the washer door will always be unlocked while the washer is operating but my door has never flopped open after making this repair. It certainly beats paying $200 for a replacement control board, and even more if something is also wrong with the locking motor. Remember that any replacement board will be just as junky and defective as the original board was.
Always remember, when you get ready to buy a new washer, not to buy any front loaders, because they are all poorly designed and therefore, because of the cheap materials used overseas in making them, they all rapidly become mechanically defective.
Posted on Jun 17, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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