Maytag washing machine won't start

After loading a washer so many times it may seem like you can start it with your eyes closed. But what do you do if your Maytag top load washer won’t start after it’s loaded and the Start button is pushed? First, make sure it’s receiving adequate power. Troubleshoot a top load washer not starting with these common causes and solutions.

What to Do When Your Maytag Top Load Washer Won’t Start

While part failures requiring a professional repair are a possibility, there are also DIY solutions when your Maytag top load washer won’t start. Here’s how to pinpoint the problem with the most likely reasons.

Incoming Power Issues

A Maytag top load washer won’t turn on without consistent and adequate electrical power. 

Here’s how to assess the washer’s power sources:

  • Check the outlet: Make sure the washer’s power cord is properly plugged in. Test the outlet by unplugging the washer and connecting a small electronic device to make sure it works.
  • Avoid extension cords: These cords can’t reliably transmit the voltage the washer requires, leading to interruptions that cut off power.
  • Reset the circuit breaker: Look for tripped breakers in your home’s circuit breaker box. Even if none are tripped, reset the washer’s circuit breaker by turning it off, waiting 5-10 seconds, and turning it back on.

Control Lock is Activated

If your Maytag washing machine won’t start but has power, check the control panel to make sure the right functions are selected. If the Control Lock feature is selected, all control panel functions will be locked, preventing an accidental start. You’ll know Control Lock is activated if the corresponding button is illuminated. To turn off the feature, press and hold the Control Lock button for 3 seconds.

Also check the control panel for error codes that could indicate why your Maytag top load washer won’t start. Refer to your user manual to determine the meaning of the code and how to solve the problem.

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Image from Maytag Canada

Faulty User Control Panel

A Maytag top load washer won’t start unless you press and hold the Start button for 3 seconds, activating the wash cycle. However, are some buttons on your control panel working but others aren’t? It’s possible that the control panel is faulty. If the control panel display is dark but the washer has power or only some buttons illuminate, the control panel requires replacement. 

Lid Switch Failure

As a safety precaution, a top load washer will only start once the lid is completely closed and the lid switch is engaged. Once engaged, the lid switch signals the washer to begin a wash cycle. Some control panels also have a lid lock light that illuminates once the lid is closed and a wash cycle begins.

A top load washer not working due to a failed lid switch may show the following signs:

  • Washer won’t spin 
  • Lid lock light is off
  • Lid switch doesn’t “click” when the lid is closed

If any of these signs are present and the lid switch fails multimeter testing with a lack of continuity, it must be replaced.

The technicians at Just-In Time Appliance can resolve any issue with a Maytag washer repair. Schedule your expert service today!

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Justin Duby

Justin Duby, a Grants Pass native, opened Just-in Time Appliance Repair in 2014 after working with his grandparents in the appliance repair business for almost 10 years. Justin attends various training programs throughout the year to keep his skills sharp.

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