Maytag washers are still very popular because of their solid name and reputation. Several different models have been developed from front load to top load. However, Maytag is mostly remembered for their washers that routinely lasted 20+ years without major repairs. Unfortunately, those days are gone but Maytags are still well-known.
In 2005 Maytag agreed to a Whirlpool buyout, but the name lives on with Whirlpool assuming manufacturing of the beloved Maytag. Maytags have always been known as the workhorses of the laundry world. But, new washing technology and efficiency took center stage and dramatic changes were made.
Troubleshooting the older Maytags is fairly straightforward and requires mechanical ability beyond the basics, but gaining an understanding of the issues normally associated with these older machines is beneficial. There comes a time when you must make a decision to replace your Maytag or spend the money to maintain your old one. A few of the common issues are discussed below.
Very loud during spin
A common cause of progressively louder spin cycles is normally the fault of either the spin bearing inside the tub, or the “milk-stool” bearing. In either case, the repair can range from replacing just the spin bearing or the transmission. Bear in mind it’s likely other components are worn out, also. This adds to the expense and it might make more sense to go shopping.
Very loud operation
Depending on the model of your Maytag top loader, a loud screeching sound can emanate from the bottom of the machine anytime the machine is running (not just in spin). The drain pump bearing collar could have dislodged due to wear and begun to rub on the pump pulley. This sound is unmistakable.
Very slow spin speed
Once again depending on your particular model, a new belt and pulley kit might be the issue. A slipping belt can cause this problem, but it’s usually more than just the belt. A worn out transmission, a brake that is binding, or a faulty main motor can cause a slow spin speed. Once again, a repair of this nature might be too expensive considering the age of the machine.
As your Maytag ages, so do the hold-down springs and the snubber. The snubber is a plastic half-cone shaped disc that sits directly underneath the tub and frame assembly, while the hold-down springs very tightly hold the entire assembly to the base of the machine. If the springs or especially the snubber are worn out, vibration or shaking will occur during spin. Replacing these two together requires a few hours and more than average mechanical know-how. Unless you know exactly what you’re doing, it’s best to have a professional technician do this work.