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Maytag Washer Spin Problem

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For clothes to dry in a reasonable amount of time the spin cycle needs to work. There are a few reasons why a spin cycle won’t start on a Maytag washer, or when it has issues such as making a loud noise. Today, I will explain how to fix issues with the Maytag washer spin cycle.

In general, first check that the washing machine is level, and it’s not overloaded. There can also be an issue with the actuator which is a component that controls whether a Maytag washer agitates or spins. Or, the shocks have gone bad and need to be replaced.

Both of these repairs are best done by a qualified repair technician. But, the other checks can be performed by yourself, even if you have no appliance repair experience. Below, I will cover step by step how to troubleshoot each of the issues that can occur with a Maytag spin cycle.

Maytag Washer Spin Problem

When there’s a problem with the spin cycle on a Maytag washer it can not start at all, not spin fast enough, or be louder than normal. Here’s a rundown of why this happens, and how to troubleshoot your Maytag washer when the spin cycle is having problems.

As a general rule, first check that it’s not overloaded with heavy items, or things like blankets. If it’s not overloaded check that it’s level by inspecting the feet on the underside of the washer. If both of these are fine, then it’s an issue with the actuator or the shocks, which requires repair.

Another easy check to see that your Maytag washer is level is using a carpenter’s level, also called a spirit level on the top of the washer. When a washer is not perfectly level the tub will be slightly out of place. This causes the tub to more easily go into a position where your washer will stop because it detects the tub is out of position.

If it’s not level, adjust or replace the feed until it’s level. The actuator and shocks are reasonably difficult to repair yourself, and require a high level of DIY skill. Therefore, it’s typically best to have a repair technician do the repair for you.

The repair may be covered under warranty. So, you should contact Maytag first. If it’s not covered under warranty then organize a repair technician to repair it.

Maytag Washer Won’t Spin

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A Maytag washer has three main functions. Churning the washing to wash it, rinsing off the clothes, and spinning them to make them line dry. When it gets to the part of the cycle where a Maytag washer spins it may not do anything, here’s what you should do if your Maytag washer won’t spin.

In general, this is because the actuator is faulty, or the washer is overloaded. The actuator is a switch type mechanism on the underside of the agitator. It switches between two positions, when it’s washing the clothes, and one there’s a spin cycle.

The mechanism can need to be lubricated, has broken, or is out of place. The actuator is difficult to repair or replace for someone who hasn’t done it before. And removing the tub to access it is difficult.

Therefore, it’s best to have a repair technician do this for you. If you suspect it’s because your washer is overloaded, try removing some of the items, especially very heavy items like jeans, into the tub and wash them in a smaller load. Then close the lid and see if it starts.

On some models you need to press that start button again to start it again. In other cases, the spin light can blink and it won’t spin. If this happens, refer to the section below that is titled ‘Spin Light Blinking.’

Maytag Washer Won’t Spin Fast Enough

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The spin speed on a Maytag washer will affect how dry the clothes are at the end of a cycle. If the tub doesn’t spin fast enough, the clothes will be too damp, and take forever to line dry. They also will be too wet to put in a dryer, so this is how to troubleshoot your Maytag washer when it won’t spin fast enough.

As a general rule, it’s overloaded or it’s not level. Make sure your Maytag washer isn’t overloaded with lots of heavy items like jeans, or blankets. Next, check that it’s level by seeing that the top of the washer is horizontal. If both of these are fine, then it requires a repair technician.

There is a belt that is connected to the tub. Or turns and causes the tub to rotate. This belt can be slightly loose.

There is also a mechanism that engages either the churn or spin function of the tub called an actuator. This can be faulty, or needs to be cleaned and lubricated.

Both of these are difficult repairs to do yourself because of where they are positioned in the washing machine. Therefore, provided your Maytag washer is level, and it’s not overloaded you should contact Maytag support to see if the repair is covered under warranty, and organize a repair technician to repair it for you.

Maytag Washer Won’t Spin Out All Water

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For laundry to be hang dried or to be put into a dryer, a certain amount of water needs to be spun out of them so that they aren’t dripping wet. There can be an issue with a Maytag washer where it won’t spin properly to remove all of the water. Here’s why a Maytag washer won’t spin out all the water and how to troubleshoot this issue.

In general, there was a power outage during the spin cycle so it didn’t complete, it was overloaded, or your Maytag washer is not level. The shocks or another component in your washer can also be faulty and need to be repaired or replaced, which requires a repair technician.

If you’re aware that the spin cycle did in fact complete because you listened to it, and the power didn’t go out during the spin cycle, then first check that your Maytag washer is level. You can visually inspect the top to see if it’s flat, or use a bubble level, also called a carpenter’s level or spirit level. Another thing to double check is that the washer was not overloaded.

To test whether this happened, do a half load or light items like t-shirts, and shorts. Provided you’ve done each of these steps, then either the actuator or the shocks have failed, or need to be repaired. Get in touch with Maytag support to see if the repair is covered under warranty, and to organize a repair technician to repair it for you.

Maytag Washer Won’t Spin Cycle

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After the laundry in a Maytag washer has been agitated it will drain, get rinsed, and then be spun. Once it gets to the spin cycle a Maytag washer can not do anything. Here’s what to do if your Maytag washer won’t do the spin cycle.

In general, the actuator is faulty and needs to be repaired or replaced. The actuator is a component that controls whether a washer is rotating back and forth to wash the clothes, or spins for the spin cycle. If it’s faulty or needs lubrication it won’t switch into the spin cycle.

The entire washing machine also needs to be level. Otherwise, it can detect there’s an issue with the tub and it won’t spin. You can visually inspect the top of your washer to see if it’s flat.

To be 100% sure grab a spirit level, also called a bubble level, or carpenter’s level. There are also commonly apps available on smartphones that work as a spirit level. The actuator is typically located in a very awkward place that requires you to remove a lot of the components and parts on your Maytag washing machine to access it.

It also requires specialist skill to identify what’s wrong with it, and replace it with a new one if required. Therefore, you should contact Maytag customer service and enquire about whether the repair is covered under warranty, and schedule a repair technician to repair it for you.

Maytag Washer Spin Light Blinking

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The spin light on a Maytag washer is a handy feature because it will blink to indicate an issue that will cause the spin cycle not to work. There are a few reasons why the spin light will blink. Here’s what they are and how to troubleshoot this issue.

The spin light blinking on a Maytag washer means there’s an issue with the drain pump. According to Maytag, if the drain pump is on for 10 minutes but it detects there’s still water in the washing machine the spin light will blink. It can also blink if it’s overloaded and can’t spin.

If it’s not draining at all, you can be sure it’s an issue with the drain pump. Before having it repaired try unplugging your washer at the wall, and then plugging it back in again to reset your Maytag washer. When it can complete a full cycle first, do a smaller cycle with only a few small items to verify that your washer was not overloaded.

Also, check that your washer is level. If it isn’t the tub can be out of place, and your Maytag washer will detect this and won’t start. The drain pump can malfunction and need to be replaced. Or, there can be a blockage in the water lines at the base of the tub.

Each of these issues are fairly complicated to fix, so you should have a repair technician fix this issue for you. It’s possible the repair is covered under warranty so contact Maytag support.

Maytag Washer Spin Cycle Out of Balance

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The tub in a Maytag washer can be slightly out of place, which can cause it to be off center, and/or stop and spin cycle and not complete a full spin cycle. There are few causes for this to happen, here’s what they are and how to stop this from happening.

As a general rule, the shocks have failed and need to be replaced, the washer is overloaded, the washer is not level, or the agitator has come loose somewhere. Whether your Maytag washer is overloaded or is not level can be checked yourself, but the other issues require a repair technician.

You can tell if the shocks are bad by pressing down on the tub when it’s empty. If the shocks are OK it will spring back only bounce once. If it bounces around more than once the shocks have failed and need to be replaced.

Try emptying your washer, and only having a few small items in it, to see if it realigns itself. Then do another test cycle with a smaller load to see if the problem happens again.

If it does then you can be sure it’s an issue with the shocks or the tub that requires repair. In which case, contact Maytag support to have it repaired or replaced.

Maytag Washer Spin Cycle Loud Noise

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During a Maytag washer spin cycle, there can be a loud knocking noise, or the washer is much louder than normal. When this happens it indicates a few issues with the tub. Here’s why this happens and how to fix this issue.

In general, the shocks have failed and need to be replaced, the washer is overloaded, or the washer is not level. The shocks hold the tub in position and allow it to move freely without touching the sides of the inside of the washer. When the washer is not level the tub can hit against the sides.

First check that your Maytag washer is level by using a bubble level, also called a spirit level on the top of the washer. If you don’t have one handy there are also apps you can download on a smartphone that work as a bubble level. If it’s level, then test the shocks haven’t failed.

To do that press down on the tub, and observe what happens when it bounces back. If it bounces back once the shocks are fine. But, if it bounces back a few times then the shocks are bad, and a repair technician will need to repair these for you.

It could also be the case that the washer was overloaded. Try a smaller load and see if the problem happens again. If the shocks are OK, it’s level, and your washer wasn’t overloaded, get in touch with Maytag support to organize having it repaired.

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Maytag Washer Not Spinning Burning Smell

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In rare cases there can be a problem with a Maytag washer where there can be a burning rubber, electrical, plastic smell. If it’s also not spinning then it commonly happens for the following reasons.

In general, there is an issue with the belt that spins the tub. If your Maytag washer was overloaded, or the shocks have failed the belt can be out of place, which causes a burning smell. It needs to be adjusted back into position by a repair technician if the burning smell recurs.

The smell can also tell you what it is. If it’s a plastic burning smell then the top of the tub can be rubbing against the inside of the washer. This happens when the tub is out of place.

When it’s a burning rubber smell it’s typically the belt underneath the washer that has come out of position. A burning electrical smell is because one of the components has failed electrically. One of the wires has blown and caused a burning metal/electrical smell.

Due to where these issues occur in a washing machine, it’s very difficult for someone who is not a repair technician to troubleshoot and fix. Therefore, you should contact Maytag support to have your washer repaired.

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In general, the first things to check are that your Maytag washer is level, is not overloaded. Either of these will cause the spin cycle to be loud, not spin fast enough, or not spin at all. When these aren’t the then the actuator, or the shock are faulty and need to be fixed by a repair technician.

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