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I have a maytag centennial model # MVWC450XW4 and it is not

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Hi I have a maytag centennial model # ***** and it is not draining and spinning. A few weeks ago I could switch it to drain and spin and it would work. Now, that doesn't work either. You can't see any water in the tub, but the clothes are still really wet.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 1 year ago.

More than likely the mode actuator has gone bad. Typically the two parts that cause this are the actuator or capacitor.

Here are the two part numbers you may want to replace both as they both fail very often



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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ummm. Is this the answer I just paid for?
Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 1 year ago.

Were you looking for something different?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Oh. I saw the second response. I was sort of hoping for answer that included some tips on how to replace the parts
Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is it more likely to be the actuator or the capacitor? The actuator looks very easy to replace
Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 1 year ago.

If it agitates more than likely the mode shifter, they are actually both easy to replace the capacitor is just held in by a single 5/16 screw. I would advise changing it out as well, they had fires with the old ones and the new capacitor is metal..much better.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. I found a videos on the actuator, but not on the capacitor
Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 1 year ago.

If you tip the machine up just remove the plastic belt shroud like in the actuator video then you will see just one screw to dismount the capacitor and unplug it, the plug only goes in one way as well.