Maytag washer Problems
Well, we have good news and bad news here. The good news is that Norge design machines are pretty tough and seem to last at least a good 8 to 10 years.
The bad news is that transmission, tub seal or upper (spin) bearing repairs are extremely difficult and expensive and require many special tools, and thus usually render the machine not economically worth repairing.
Here are the most common problems with these machines:
Symptom: Maytag washer leaking
Leaking pumps are the single most common problem with this machine, and they are easy to replace. See section below. See also TUB SEAL LEAKS below.
Symptom: Maytag washer not draining
If the machine is not draining, there may not be enough belt tension on the pump belt; check for a broken belt or tensioning spring. The motor tracks may be mucked up or corroded, preventing the motor from “floating” in its track enough to tension the belt.
The belt is subject to normal wear as described in “Problems Common to All Brands.” If you have belt wear problems, also check the motor tracks and belt-tensioning spring as described below.
Symptom: Maytag washer not agitating, not spinning or spinning slow
This may be caused by a number of different problems. The first thing to determine is whether or not the motor is turning, and the belt is turning the transmission. If not, you may have belt problems, timer or motor problems, or speed selector switch or lid switch problems as described in Chapter 2. If the motor is turning, you may have brake bearing or spin bearing problems; see the sections below.
Symptom: Maytag washer vibrating
Vibration in these machines usually occurs because of bleach leaks. There is a bleach dispensing cup molded into the top of the tub ring. Bleach spits out of this cup, and drips down around the baseplate of the washer. The baseplate and cabinet quickly rust, and the baseplate suspension spring mounts or even the suspension springs themselves may crack or break. If a suspension spring on one side is broken or disabled, the washer will vibrate badly.
You can try to replace a broken suspension spring (if you must replace one, you must replace the whole set). However, it can be very difficult, and it requires expensive special tools. Normally there is no repair for this problem. If the baseplate of the washer is badly corroded, you will probably end up scrapping the washer soon.
In pre-1990 models, if the basket tries to spin with the tub full of water, the brake is not engaging. You will find the brake assembly mounted to the plate near the bottom of the transmission (Figure N-1a). Check the brake solenoid and dashpot (if installed) Also check the linkage and the brake band. Test the solenoid as described in “Problems Common to All Brands.” Replace if defective.
Though the brake solenoid is relatively easy to replace, the brake band is extremely difficult, requiring special tools. If the lining or band needs service, or if the brake is squealing, call a qualified service technician or junk the washer.