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Maytag Performa washer makes buzzing noise and stops

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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.

Brand: Maytag Performa
Type of Appliance: Washer
What have you tried so far?: new timmer, hood switch

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  John replied 2 years ago.

Can you send me the model number please .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
pavt144aww

appliance doctor :
If it works by hitting the lid the lid switch actuator is worn or caked with dried up detergent .
http://www.partselect.ca/PS2042426-Whirlpool-43-0057-Lid-Switch-Actuator.htm?SourceCode=1&SearchTerm=PAVT144AWW&ModelNum=PAVT144AWW

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
That is ok on spin cycle if i lift the door it stops spinning

appliance doctor :
It's supposed to stop spinning when the lid is lifted ,but if the actuator is jammed with detergent it wont work all the time .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
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 /

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
yes most of the time

appliance doctor :
Ok, let me know what you find.

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
going to put it on cycle just filling with water
now it start to buzz after it is full of water
smell like burning smell
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.

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
i put a new lid switch in today

appliance doctor :
Did you clean the actuator ?

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
is that the piece that is on the door
it is just a plastic piece

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

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
how do i clean it

appliance doctor :
spray WD40 on it that should clean it out .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
ok i took it off and cleaned it
this piece just pushes in the switch

appliance doctor :
yes that's what it does,if that's ok and you replaced the lid switch and it still hums I would suspect a bad contact in the timer or the motor switch .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
i put a new timer 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 .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
where do i find that

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

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
i have dielectric grease
why do i smell a burning smell when it is buzzing

appliance doctor :
That's the motor your smelling the start winding is burning up .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
should i remove the contacts and put some dieelectric grease in their

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

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
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 .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
so i have to tip it from the back to get at it is their a plug on this switch
i do not have the elec spray is their something else i can do
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 poor connection .the motor is on the left .
http://www.partselect.ca/PS2018261-Whirlpool-21001950-Motor-with-Pulley.htm?SourceCode=1&SearchTerm=PAVT144AWW&ModelNum=PAVT144AWW

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
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. Let me know how you make out please .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
do i have to remove the timer panel

appliance doctor :
http://www.partselect.ca/AdvancedModelSearch.aspx?ModelNum=PAVT144AWW&mfgModelNum=&fkMfgID=1
Here's the complete breakdown of the model , look motor at the front of the washer on the base on the left side .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
ok i popped the top now take off top screws
At motor

appliance doctor :
Check the red and blue wire poor connection .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
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

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
ok now do i put it back together

appliance doctor :
if the lid switch is back on you can try it with the panel off the front .
Don't use WD 40 0n the motor switch just use the electrical spray.

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
i just have elec grease

appliance doctor :
Ok , that's fine just try the washer and let me know the outcome please .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
ok filling up
motor still buzzed turned timer 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 .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
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 .

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
is the the only thing left since i replaced the timer and the switch

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

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
ok i will have to try a motor,i have read on the net some people had
have put in a motor and same problem hope this solves my problem

appliance doctor :
The timer and lid switch have been replaced so it has to fix the problem

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
so why when i move the knob forward does it work again
does this kick the motor going

appliance doctor :
yes a motor replacement will fix the problem.

JACUSTOMER-aev2l6jg- :
ty help

appliance doctor :
Your very welcome, Thanks and God bless.

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