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I have a maytag performa washer,it makes a buzzing noise after

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I have a maytag performa washer,it makes a buzzing noise after filling up and stops, i changed the timmer and hood switch.It still does the same thing i have to turn the knob to start it or it will also work if i lift and close the lid a couple of times.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  John replied 1 year ago.

appliance doctor :

Hi I,m John I will help you with the washer not starting.

appliance doctor :

can you send me the model number please .

Customer :

pavt144aww

appliance doctor :

I will check the model and get back to you .

Customer :

ok

appliance doctor :

if it works by hitting the lid the lid switch actuator is worn or caked with dried up detergent .

Customer :

that is ok on spin cyle if i lift the door it stops spining

appliance doctor :

its suppose to stop spinning when the lid is lifted ,but if the actuator is jammed with detergent it wont work all the time .

Customer :

right after it fill fills it make a buzzing noise, then again when it gets to rince the spin i have to move the timer around

appliance doctor :

If you move the timer ahead just a touch will it continue on with the cycle selected /

Customer :

yes most of the time

appliance doctor :

Ok, let me know what you find.

Customer :

going to put it on cycle just filling with water

Customer :

now it start to buzz after it is full of water

Customer :

smell like burning smell

Customer :

i lifted the lid and it stop and started to buzz closed it a couple of times and it restarted

appliance doctor :

That is a lid switch problem, check that lid switch I,m sure it will fix the problem .

Customer :

i put a new lid switch in today

appliance doctor :

Did you clean the actuator ?

Customer :

is that the piece that is on the door

Customer :

it is just a plastic piece

appliance doctor :

yes its the plastic part that hits the lid switch when you close the door .

Customer :

how do i clean it

appliance doctor :

spray WD40 on it that should clean it out .

Customer :

ok i took it off and cleaned it

Customer :

this piece just pushes in the switch

appliance doctor :

yes thats what it does,if thats ok and you replaced the lid switch and it still hums I would suspect a bad contact in the timer or the motor switch .

Customer :

i put a new timmer in still did the same thing

appliance doctor :

yes I know the timer has been replaced and that leaves a dirty contact in the motor switch .

Customer :

where do i find that

appliance doctor :

use some electrical spray cleaner on the switch see if that fixes the problem .

Customer :

i have dielectric grease

Customer :

why do i smell a burnnig smell whe it is buzzing

appliance doctor :

Thats the motor your smelling the start winding is burning up .

Customer :

should i remove the contacts and put sone dieelectric grease in their

appliance doctor :

You cant do that , all you can try is the electrical spray on the switch .

Customer :

do i have to take the door switch off to do this

appliance doctor :

The motor switch is located on the end of the motor not the lid switch .

Customer :

so i have to tip it from the back to get at it is their a plug on this switch

Customer :

i donot have the elec spray is their something else i can do

Customer :

how do i get a the motor

appliance doctor :

Theres a clip at each front corner about 3 inches from the corner ,use a flat screwdriver and push in at the clips this will release the front panel , check the blue and red wires for a poor connection .the motor is on the left .

Customer :

this in the back of the machine

appliance doctor :

I said the front panel of the washer ,use the screwdriver to push in at the clips, this will release the front panel .

Customer :

do i have to remove the timmer panal

appliance doctor :

Let me know how you make out please .

appliance doctor :

Heres the complete breakdown of the model , look for the motor at the front of the washer on the base on the left side .

Customer :

ok i popoed the top now take off top screws

Customer :

ok at motor

appliance doctor :

Check the red and blue wire for a poor connection .

Customer :

can i put some elec grease on the connections

appliance doctor :

yes you can do that , also the WD 40 it penetrates the inside of the motor switch better

Customer :

ok noe do i put it back toghter

Customer :

now

appliance doctor :

if the lid switch is back on you can try it with the panel off the front .

appliance doctor :

Dont use WD 40 0n the motor switch just use the electrical spray .

Customer :

i just has elec grease

appliance doctor :

Ok , thats fine just try the washer and let me know the outcome please .

Customer :

ok filling up

Customer :

motor still buzzed turned timmer on and off and it starting working

appliance doctor :

Your problem has to be the start winding in the motor which means you require a new motor .

Customer :

will this let it buzz at each cycle

appliance doctor :

its not suppose to buzz it should start up and wash or spin .A new motor will fix that buzz and not starting problem .

Customer :

is the the only thing left since i replaced the timmer and the switch

appliance doctor :

thats correct its the only part left that would cause that problem .

Customer :

ok i will have to try a motor,i have read on the net some people hac

Customer :

have put in a motor and same probem hope this solves my problem

appliance doctor :

The timer and lid switch have been replaced so it has to fix the problem ,

appliance doctor :

A rating of three or more will credit me for helping you with the washer problem .

Customer :

so why when i move the knob forward does it work again

Customer :

does this kick the motor going

appliance doctor :

yes a motor replacement will fix the problem.

Customer :

ty for your help

appliance doctor :

Your very welcome, Thanks and God bless.

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