Maytag Washer Repair Guide

Maytag washer repair guide will walk you through the steps in repairing your washer. These are the same steps I take in repairing washers professionally. So read each section carefully and your washer will be repaired in no time. Note that this page is only for Maytag washers with only one belt that won’t run. If you have a Maytag washer with two belts click here Maytag washer


The lid switch is a common problem and a good do-it-yourself Maytag washer repair. If your washer doesn’t make any noise when you turn it on, the most likely problem is the lid switch. Note that it is not the only thing that can cause this problem but it is complicated to check. Furthermore, I would say it is the problem over 95% of the time. To access the lid switch, remove the back of the control panel. Once off, you should see it, it has a plug with four wires. Lid switches can be purchased at


The water pump is most common problem with Maytag washers that won’t run. It is also a good do-it-yourself Maytag washer repair. If the water pump is bad, the motor will run but the washer will not run. To check the water pump, first disconnect power from washer then tilt the washer over so you can access the belt easily. Now remove the belt and attempt to turn the pump pulley. If the pump doesn’t turn freely both ways then the pump is bad and needs replacing. If you can’t tell which pulley is the pump pulley, you may have to remove the front panel by removing the two screws at the bottom of the front panel. Then pulling it out from the bottom until the top clips release. If you find that the pump is bad, replace the belt as well. These parts can be purchased at


The transmission pulley can cause your Maytag washer not to run. This is not a common problem nor is it a good do-it-yourself Maytag washer repair. But it is not complicated, just a pain to replace.

To check this, disconnect power from washer. Then tilt the washer over so you can easily access the belt. Then remove the belt and turn the transmission by hand. What should happen if the pulley is working properly is when you turn it one way the white cam should go up releasing the brakes and the transmission will turn. Then when you release the pulley, it should retract back to the position it was in before you turned it. Then when you turn it the other way, the brakes should stay engaged and the agitator should turn. If any thing I said doesn’t happen, the pulley is bad and needs replacing.

To remove the pulley, first remove the dust cover. Then using a screwdriver, prize the E-clip off. Once off, the pulley should fall down. When ordering the pulley, be sure to order the cam and pulley kit, if not, you will not receive all the necessary parts to fix your problem. When replacing the kit, be sure to include all the washers and spacers or the cam will not fully release the brakes. These parts can be purchased at

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