Maytag won't wash, timer is running
Maytag probably 10 years oldAnswer
model LAT 5005AAE
120 V /745 G
I turn the selector knob to wash, the washer will start filling, the timer runs and it sounds like the machine is in the wash cycle, but it is not agitating. The timer will continue running through it's cycle, and the knob shows the movement. I can hear the sounds that should coincide with the action in the tub, and the clicks to signal each cyle of the wash,rinse, spin cycle. The knob will end up at off- to show a complete wash but when I lift the lid, the tub is full of water.
Today, I did remove the agitator, removed screw at the base of the agitator, so I could see the washer tub, and the screens. I cleaned those gently, a little clogged, but not badly. Put everything back, and checked the balance of the machine, then started a wash cycle--- no change. Fills, timer runs, cycles click, and knob turns. Timer cycle completes with a tub of water and dirty clothes.
I did do a no-no. With the selector knob pulled out, not pushed in as usual to select cycle, I turn it through the wash cycles. When it hits a cycle, like wash, or rinse, or spin, for an instant it seems to "make contact" somewhere and act like it's going to agitate and wash, but it clicks off and just sits there with the timer running.
Any thoughts... Was leaning toward the water level switch, but I really don't know. Just the gal who does laundry, and failing at that. Help
First thing you will need to do is remove the water from the tub. Then lean the washer over to view the two belts so that you can see if the belts are broken or bad and if so replace them.
Often on this model a rag will enter the water pump. The pump is sort of clear so sometimes you can see the rag through the pump but if not you will have to remove the hoses to check if pump is clogged. Be ready for water even if you dipped the water out by hand because you will never get all the water. If you remove the hose and no water comes from the tub then there may be a rag hung at the drain nipple at the bottom of the tub. If this is the case remove the hose from the bottom of the tub that connects to the pump and see if there is anything clogged there.
Here is a link to your replacement parts for your washer. Replacement parts in MAYTAG LAT5005AAE Washer - Top Loading