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Old School Maytag KA406 Washing Machine won't start


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#1 Zenodotus

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 03:06 PM

Howdy folks!

My mother's old (Read: late 60's) Maytag Model KA406 washing machine stopped working this morning (so of course I get the call!)

 

Basically it won't do anything. It's not out of balance, and I have confirmed power to the outlet that it's plugged into.

I tried searching, but it seems that this model (old, tried and true) machine doesn't get any search results here.

It must be some sort of internal electrical issue, but I don't know what to look for, nor how to test it.

Any help for this great old beast? 

Cheers,

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 04:11 PM

Check the lid switch.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:55 AM

And when looking up parts drop the "K" at the beginning of the model number use A406


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:03 PM

Thank you both for your suggestions!  

I just checked the lid switch (after replacing the burnt fuse in my multimeter) and the switch seems to be working okay (continuity when the lid is closed)  

What should I check for next?  The FAQ said to check the timer, but I'm not sure how to check it. 

I'm reasonably competent with mechanical and electrical stuff, but it's not what I do for a living.

I can follow instructions real good though!

Thanks again for your help and advice!



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:53 PM

Check continuity of the selector switches.  Even that old Maytag should have a wiring diagram behind the control panel.  I know you checked continuity of the lid switch but what about voltage.  Check the water level control for continuity, across two of the three connections, with switch open and closed.  Try to eliminate every other control until you get to the timer.  If continuity to all the other switches check good but no voltage is present, then timer could be the problem. Timer, as well as those selector switches are most likely no longer available. 



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:51 AM

Thanks, PDuff!

I will check those when I get home from work later today. 

It seems that the timer and switches are available through the Repair clinic site.

I will report back in 9 hours or so.

Thanks again!



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:52 PM

Turns out there is no schematic or wiring diagram on the back of the machine, or anywhere.  

I tried googling "A406 wiring diagram" but didn't find anything.  

Does anyone out there have any suggestions?

If I know what pins to put the tester on, I can do that. Also, I'm a bit confused about the voltage testing. should I be testing while it's plugged in for that?

 

Apologies for my newbishness.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 07:51 AM

  Did you check the front of the outer tub for the wiring diagram?



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:24 AM

Maytag A406 wiring diagram may be similar to Maytag A608

http://appliantology...408-a608-a608s/

Maytag
A406
A608
A608S

Repair Part List - A406S
Repair Part List - A608S
Repair Part List - A608

wiring diagram - Maytag A608
(the other models may be similar)


 

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