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maytag washer will not spin, just makes humming noise

my maytag centennial top load washer will not spin after rinse cycle; it only makes a humming noise when I place the dial in spin

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Lyle W
Check to see if the washer will agitate. Your details imply that the washer is draining. If it will not agitate or drain even though the motor is running (humming) and the washer drains okay, then you likely have a broken motor coupler in the washer. The motor coupler is shown in the bottom of the second image below. I provided the procedure for accessing this part. If you suspect that this is the problem with your washer, you can use the procedure shown below to access the motor coupler and check it. If it is broken, you can order a new motor coupler from the

Sears PartsDirect

website. The part number for the motor coupler is 285852A. Replace the motor coupler and reassemble the washer to fix this type of problem.

If the washer agitates and drains but will not spin, you could have a problem with the transmission, clutch, the basket drive, timer or the drive block. If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details and the full model number of your Maytag Centennial washer.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

by Lyle W Earned 69,147 community points in Washers
April 26th, 2010
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Lyle, I have a similar situation to the above. My Maytag Centennial Washer type 849-05 model MVWC500VW0 will not spin. Seems to only make a humming noise although it has more "feel" to it - like its trying to spin. I am wondering why Im having a problem with this machine because I purchased the machine new in Nov 08.
by Manage My Life
April 22nd, 2011
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HELLO, I have a Maytag Bravos MTW6600TQ0 and my situation is that it was working fine I finished washing 1 load of clothing. When i put the 2nd load of clohing in I started the washing machine and it started well. During one of the cycles I heard a humming noise coming from the machine. I checked it and it still had water inside I tried to power it down but it didn't want to. Every butten I press nothing would happen but yet it was on making the humming sound. I unplugged it from the wall and it powered down, I replugged it in and pressed the power button and as soon as I press start it would make the buzzing noise again but nothing else would happen and unti I unplug it the humming doesn't stop....please help
by Manage My Life
December 24th, 2012
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Matthew Boyle
I know this is an old thread, but my MAYTAG CENTENNIAL WASHER MVWC400XW0 will not agitate or spin. I examined the motor and it has no brushes to fail. These motors look like they would last until the bearings go. The actuator has been switching properly because I have manually changed the position and it switches back on its own. The pump works and the water drains. The latch locks and the ohms checks out on the pins. The board appears to be working fine.

I have pulled the capacitor and tested it with my multimeter and it was at fault. The motor needs the capacitor to give power through the cycle (250 VAC) and that is why the motor hums. Instead of turning, the energy (120VAC) is released in the form of heat and sound since there is no movement. I will be replacing this tomorrow when the part comes in and update if that was the sole problem. I suspect the actuator could have also caused the capacitor failure if it locked the tub during agitation cycles. This would cause much stress on the system because the motor would spin the entire tub during that cycle instead of turning just the small agitator. It is a valid possibility. More later.
by Matthew Boyle Earned 24 community points in Maytag
October 20th, 2014
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