Question about Maytag Washing Machines
Good morning Kimberly,let's start from the mechanical point of view.There have been a lot of problems reported like yours reported,the shift actuator and splutch assembley are the weak links in the chain.The splutch is the "transmission" which transmits movement of the motor to the agitator plate and basket.The actuator is the small motor that shifts the transmission from agitate to spin.The actuator was not fully engaging causing wearing down of the gears causing poor agitation. I'd recommend replacing both parts at the same time, curing both the cause and the symptom.Also be aware,when the actuator is replaced the computer needs to be manually reset to recognize the replacement part. Now lets move on to user instruction.Always use the least amount of detergent and fabric softener necessary. Undisolved softener tends to find its way to the inner tub retainer and bearing and tends to deteriorate metal parts and allow grease to wash out of the bearing. which could cause excess movement and the rumbling during spin. And remember a watched pot never boils, the wash plate does not move the clothes as vigorously as an agitator post will.You will drive yourself nuts thinking your clothes aren't getting clean.I would recommend having a qualified repair tech come in and do a hands, on eyes on diagnosis of the unit to properly test any possibly defective parts.Hopefully that info helps.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I have the same problem, loud plastic squeak/grind when agitating only. I'd like to fix it, but have never taken apart a washing machine.
The advice below sounds good but where do you start with "begin dissassembly from the tub down"....etc. Anyone have a good internet resource with images for disassembling this machine?
Posted on Mar 16, 2008
SOURCE: ensignia maytag washer noise
The bearings on Maytag Ensignia's are part of the seals that keep the water in. Once you start hearing the bearings begining to go, you likely will have a leak following shortly thereafter as the bearing greased is washed out by your laundry soap. Up front. This is a procedure that requires specialty tools and takes me about 45-60 minutes to complete. The easiest way to tackel this job is to take your model number (just on the back side of the console) and take it to a local appliance parts store. Ask them for a tub seal kit. (I can't give you a part number since there is no model number listed) but they should be able to pull it up for you. When they bring it up to the front, inside the seal kit is not only step-by-step directions, but also the part numbers for the specialized tools required as well. If you opt to go the repairman route, I'll forewarn you, the company I worked for charged around 250-300 for the repair on this. Send me back a message if you have any troubles or other questions.
Posted on Jul 01, 2008
Well, Sounds to me like the Bearings are going out, but it could make that noise a good while, before it goes completely out.. Replacement would possably be more cost effective, Kinda hard to beleive !!!!!!
Posted on Oct 26, 2008
Its probably you stator plate and rotor. But you need special tools for this repair. There a spring that is under 200 pounds of pressure and if you take the screws off that hold the plate its going to fly into you face if your dont use the special tools to depress the spring. Is it more of a clanking kinda of noise? DOes it olnly happen with heavy loads? Try this out. Fill the washer with water only. and get it into a wash cycle with water only. If there is no noise then put in like a load of towels. A heavy load. Now if you hear the noise now then its for sure you stator plate and rotor..hope this helps, but like i said you need those special tools to do this repair or injury can result from the spring part.
Posted on Jul 27, 2009
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