I own a 2 year old Maytag washer that has begun stopping in mid wash cycle. I open it up and it is full of water and clothes and it is shut off. I pull and push the timer knob and nothing happens. I rotate the timer knob anywhere on the dial, pull and push it and still nothing. After about 15 or 20 minutes or so I can go back and pull the knob and it will start again.
At some points in some cycles, notably the spin part of the cycle, when I start it up, the drum starts spinning for about 20 seconds and then the motor starts to hum loudly for about 20 seconds and it shuts off again.
Once it comes back on again I can move the timer to other parts of different cycles and it seems to wash fine. If I point it to one particular spin spot in the cycle I get the loud hum and shutdown again.
does it constantly do this or intermittent? does the front of the machine feel warm? do you smell anything? if so, does it smell electrical or rubberish? you may need to pull the front off by taking the two 5/16 screws out of the lower panel and second panel if it has a split panel in front. now take the two out of the top panel and roll it up. pop the tub cover, has spaps on side of outer tub, and see if you anything under it. no, may be a bad motor or something in the pump causing it to bind and overheat.
It is intermittent. In fact, it has been working fine for the past few days. There is no odor when it happens that I can tell. I did try helping to rotate the drum manually once while it was failing and it did not help it spin up. It was like the motor was straining but the extra push didn't seem to help get it moving.
I will check the temp of the front the next time it fails but would an over heating motor actually make the outside of the washer warm?
I am unsure what to check next. How can I check the pump?
subject: maytag washer overheating over heat motor
Well I am still having this problem.
I have determined that the motor overheat protector is tripping. I checked it with an ohmmeter and it is open after the washer stops. Once it trips I can touch the motor and it is hot but with no smell at all.
When this happens I let it cool, push the timer back in and it starts to spin. The washer makes more noise that it normally does when this is happening and after about 1 minute the motor thermal breaker trips. I do it a few more times then it will spin while not making the louder noise and will not trip the thermal.
It seems like some times the motor is having to work a bit harder than it is supposed to during the start of the spin cycle. It is not every time though. While this is happening I unplugged the washer and was able to turn the belt by hand without much trouble. The washer is not overloaded when this happens.
Could the transmission have an intermittent problem where it is harder to spin?