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Maytag Performa PAVT910AWW agitates instead of spinning, no refill or rinse, timer stops during rinse cycle

Owkaye

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Model Number
PAVT910AWW
Brand
Maytag
Age
6-10 years
This washer fills properly in the beginning, and it agitates properly during the wash cycle. At the end of the wash cycle the pump drains the water as expected, but it never spins. Instead it continues to agitate even though there is no water in the tub any more.

The washer continues to agitate through the entire spin cycle. When the rinse cycle starts it does not refill with water. Instead the timer seems to move about 1/4 or 1/3 of the way into the rinse cycle, then the timer just stops, and the washer does nothing during this time*.

What can I do to fix this problem?

*Edit: I just discovered that I can hear a slight hum when the timer is stopped. Does this indicate that the washer motor or the pump motor is trying to work but cannot? Or might this hum be produced by the timer? When I press the timer dial in it shuts off the power to the washer, so of course the hum stops.
 
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Jake

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Hi,

Does that happen in all cycles? If you manually put the timer in Rinse/Spin, does it fill with cold water and then drain and spin?

The way these washers work is the motor reverses in the DRAIN/SPIN cycle, so it sounds like possibly your timer has gone bad.

Unfortunately the timer is No Longer Available: Timer 21002056

Jake
 

Owkaye

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Does that happen in all cycles?
Hi Jake, I only checked the regular cycle. I can check the other two cycles later today.

If you manually put the timer in Rinse/Spin, does it fill with cold water and then drain and spin?
I'm pretty sure I manually put it in Rinse/Spin in all three cycles -- Regular, Delicates, and Permanent Press -- and it did not fill or spin in any of them. But I will repeat this test later to be certain that I checked all three cycles.

The way these washers work is the motor reverses in the DRAIN/SPIN cycle, so it sounds like possibly your timer has gone bad.
I am somewhat familiar with the way these old Maytag washers work, at least mechanically. I recently fixed my other Maytag (a higher-end model) by cleaning and re-greasing the thrust bearing, and unfreezing the rusted brake to get it moving again. But the timer on that washer was (and is) still working properly, so this will be my first time dealing with a faulty timer.

Unfortunately the timer is No Longer Available: Timer 21002056
If the problem is just the timer, I will see if I can take it apart and find out what's not working. Maybe the timer's Rinse/Spin contacts are just corroded, and all it needs is a bit of fine sandpaper to clean them. Or maybe the problem is much worse. I guess I will find out!

If I cannot get the existing timer to work I will try to find another old washer that uses the same timer. Is there a cross reference source you can point me to that will tell me which other washer brands/models use this particular timer? So far I have learned that these brands may have used this timer in one or more of their models: Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Magic Chef, Admiral, Norge, Roper and Kenmore.

If I fail to fix or replace my timer, I will simply install toggle switches so I can run the Rinse and Spin cycles by manually switching them on and off. It simply does not bother me to run these cycles manually, especially when mechanically this washer seems in good shape and may still have years of life left in it.

Thanks for suggesting that the timer may be the problem, Jake.
 

Jake

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Ok sounds good.(y)

Jake
 
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