Question about Washing Machines
On starting agitation cycle after sitting idle for 24 hours, machine struggles to turn agitator and a low pitch growl can be heard near base of agitator. After manually helping turn agitator a few times, growling stops and agitator turns without hesitation. No further hesitation occurs unless machine is left idle for 24 hours or more, then same struggle to start agitation happens again. Drive belts and tension adjustment tested OK. Brake package and drive lug tested and working/adjusted correctly. Machine spin cycle functions properly and noiselessly suggesting that tub and radial bearings are OK. Is this likely a transmission starting to fail or could there be another cause? Thanks in advance for your help. Reply to: "firstname.lastname@example.org"
It is possible that the motor may be on it's way out. You might check to see if it has a start capacitor on it that may be getting weak and possibly by pushing the agitator takes the initial load off of the motor. Just a thought.
Posted on May 16, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the transmission in your unit is bad,it has internal gears and the ones involved in the agitation are broke or bad, to replace the transmision is a lengthy process, your best bet is to just scrap it and get a new washer. I don't know if you know this but maytag company is no longer in business. They were purchased by Whirlpool back in November of 2006. One of the reasons is all the poor quality of their appliances. I am a technician that has been doing this for 15 years. The best unit I have seen to date is the Whirlpool Duet. I hardly ever have to work on them. Sorry for the bad news. Hope this helps.
Posted on May 20, 2007
SOURCE: Maytag won't spin or agitate
I have had the same problem and found that the teeth on the under side of the agitator had been worn down to nothing... I assume this is from years of over loading (not from me) and so the agitator could not spin any more... i would tighten the bolt that holds th agitator on and it would come loose after a few loads. So my solution was to get a little bit longer bolt and newer plastic washer and tighten it as tight as i could and it seemed to work. Versus buying a new agitator base that would cost about $20-$30 and would have to wait for the part to be ordered. hope this helps
Posted on Oct 23, 2007
sounds like you have a bad transmission. can you lift the top up so you can see what it is doing when it is trying to spin. does it adgetate and spin at the same time? If yes you have a bad transmission. also if you get 2 people one looking inside of the drum and the other turning the big pulley in one direction it should turn the whole drum in the other the agetator should go back and forth. Tell me what happens thanks.
Posted on Jun 10, 2009
Improperly installed thrust bearing kit. Too many washers cause the basket to spin during agitation.
Posted on Jan 04, 2010
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