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Maytag MAV7200 Top Load Washer

In running our washing machine today, the pump started making a loud clacking noise almost like it had some foreign object lodged in it. I elected to let the unit continue to run since it was full of water in hopes it would last long enough to complete the cycle and I wouldn't have gallons of water to drain. I could then replace the pump. No such luck. As it reached the final spin cycle, it now does not work but of course if full of water. Does this unit have any sort of reset capability (either a switch or through time) and if not, any suggestions on draining the unit. Also, is there anything else I should consider may be wrong if it cannot be reset. My hope would be to have it complete the cycle and then replace the pump...an probably a new belt. Thanks

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There's no reset switch that I know of. This particular model has a belt driven pump with no electrical connection. Changing the timer is not going to do anything. It cost about $50 to $60 if you find it to be bad and need to replace it. You can find parts for your washer at repairclinic.com. Just type in your model number and you will be provided a pictorial parts listing. This is a bit premature, you may just have a broken drive belt. But...you have that full tub of water. If you just need to drain the tub in order to make repairs, here's a couple of suggestions that I have used:

1. If you own a small submersible pump, you can drain the tub quickly by placing the pump in the bottom of the tub and run a garden hose outside or into a deep sink (if available). Ensure you have removed all wet clothing to make sure you don't clog the pump.

2. Another method is to remove the drain line from the standpipe and use a wet/dry shop vac to pull a vacuum. This will work if the pump isn't lodged with anything. This method is going to be slower if you don't have a vacuum of large capacity. These wash tubs generally hold about 35 gallons of water. So...if you have a 10 gallon capacity shop vac, you may have to empty it 3 or 4 times before you get all the water out. If the pump is clogged, you can still drain directly from the tub.

If you don't own either, I would recommend that you obtain one or the other somehow. Unless, you wish to try to bail all that water by hand. You will need to empty the washer of all this weight in order to check the drive belt as most Maytags have their drive belts system UNDER the washer. I wouldn't try tipping the washer back with a full tub of water. I hope this helps you. Post back with comments if you need further assistance.

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