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Maytag Top Loader Washer (Model A7400)


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#1 maytag killa

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Posted 10 December 2005 - 04:47 PM

A couple of months back, my wife noticed that sometimes the washer would not automatically start into the wash cycle even though the lid was down.  At first, she could just lift the lid, then shut it again, and it would start up.  Over time however, this has been increasingly harder to get to start up.  A simple lid left has turned into slamming it down like a gong a few dozen times.  Today I decided to try to figure it out... thinking it must be a loose wire, or a bad lid switch.  After having cleaned every terminal I could, it seems that I have fully killed off whatever has been giving us the trouble... it won't start now at all... no matter how violent you get with the lid.  Any thoughts? 

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Posted 10 December 2005 - 06:35 PM

You might just have a bad lid switch (sold as an assembly, Fuse, cherry & micro switches). Is your fuse blown?(usually a sign of a sticking micro switch) Do you have a volt meter we can do a few cks with? Also will the unit still fill?? If you have a meter, L1 comes out of the timer, to the cherry switch, out of the cherry switch to the micro-switch and out of the micro switch on terminal M (raised letter on the black bake-o-lite bracket assembly) for motor when the lid is closed!
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Posted 10 December 2005 - 08:27 PM

Also, the lid switch assembly has a little adjustment from front to back - it may be possible to slide it a little further forward to compensate for any wear in the actuator, if that's the issue. Like Trying says, check the fuse and the switches first.
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Posted 11 December 2005 - 11:02 AM

Also check to make sure there's no soap/dirt/crap built up around the switch.  My dad had a similar model and after so many years it started acting the same way, including the slamming lid syndrome.  I got to looking at it and noticed that around the swtich was a gummy buildup from soap and moisture. I clean it out real good and the problem went away. That was a few years ago and the washer still works fine.

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Posted 13 December 2005 - 12:46 AM

Thanks everyone!

 

A bad lid micro switch it is...  I traced current out of the timer, through the cherry switch, and into the micro switch... but that's where it dropped out.

 

Got a new switch and we're up and running again (no more gong lessons for my wife).

 

Thanks again for the help!


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Posted 14 December 2005 - 08:06 PM

gotto luv those older units
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