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Maytab Neptune FL washer

The lights on the panel won't change settings and it won't start. I tried unplugging to reset the oard but nothing happens. It has been an intermittend problem but it seems to be lasting longer. What can I do?

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  • jkraska Jul 06, 2008

    Having the same problem, sometimes after loading the washer and closing the door, i will hit the start button, the door will lock and then moments later it will unlock and never start the wash cycles.

  • Nebuzaradan Jul 15, 2008

    Sounds like I've got the same problem. I had a load in the washer and it was running but we had to stop it in the middle of a load because the pipes were backing up. It was two days before we could get the pipes cleared and restart the machine. When we turned it back on, most of the lights lit up, but nothing happens when I pressed start. It did not respond when I pressed the off button either. I tried unplugging it and resetting it and still nothing. I messed with it over the course of a day and a half and suddenly it began working again.

    Now it is doing it again and so far I can not get it to start. Anyone know about this?

  • j14b90 Oct 04, 2008

    no matter what i do nothing changes. i turn the machine on the lights go on, everything seems fine until i push a button. it just gives me the error beep. the only time it seems to work is when it wants to. and there is no indication of when that is. leavin it unplugged doesnt work either. can someon plz help me. so much for maytag being dependable.

  • Anonymous Oct 09, 2008

    i am having the same as everyone else



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Hello ortizai and friends
If the washer stops here are some reasons why this may happen.
The water lines have screens that can become clogged by accumulating debris in the water,
And then the machine will automatically shut down. And if its not completely blocked it will shut down intermittently!

1. Plug cord into live electrical outlet.
2. Check fuse or reset circuit breaker.
3.Close door firmly and push the Start/Pause pad to start the washer.
For your safety, the washer will not tumble or spin unless the door is
4 This may be a pause or soak period in the cycle.
Wait briefly and it may start.
5. Check screens on inlet hoses at the faucets for obstructions.
Clean screens periodically.
May be on hose ends too,and will be in the water inlets of the washer!!!!!!!!!!

Let me know who gets started, since there are multiple people with this problem.
Please remember to leave a rating
I'm trying to figure out more ideas and will forward them soon.

Posted on Oct 05, 2008


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With that code FL “ Failed to lock” I would start looking at the lid latch mechanism. See this link from another site for lid latch problem.

If you want to try to repair or get a better understanding of how to diagnose and repair this machine take a look at the service repair manual.

I hope this will help with your decision to try a repair or replacement.  

Good luck with your issue. 

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The "FL" error code indicates that the door is not locking. The buzzing sound you hear is most likely the door lock trying to lock the door. It may only be a matter of aligning the door so that it locks properly. Otherwise, you may have a faulty door lock that needs to be replaced.

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