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Post# 998479   6/26/2018 at 20:02 (272 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Since I sold the Maytag A107, my sole washer, until the A806 is ready is a Magic Chef 1.6 portable washer, model MCSTCW16W2. Since I started using it, it refused to give me a cold or warm wash, only hot would function. The fill was sometimes a trickle, other times full force. Then it started continue to fill even when the wash action or spin would start, causing a big flood. OK, so I thought this sounds like a water inlet valve issue. So after finally locating a used one, apparently new ones are NLA, I swapped the part. I worked fine for a few washes. Then it started again, water is down to a trickle, and NO cold water wash or warm, only hot. So it wasn't the water valve apparently. Is this is a circuit board issue then? If so I may just chuck the damn thing. Boy am I sorry I sold my Maytag.



Post# 998495 , Reply# 1   6/26/2018 at 23:16 (272 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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this model has a strange auto-temp control actual sensor, when hooked to permanent faucets, if Warm was selected, it would cycle the hot side on/off every 30 seconds at a time....

of course when hooked to a sink, the cold side was used, and what ever temp you selected at the faucet...

none the less, that is odd behavior from one of these...

wonder if unplugging for a while would reset it....

Post# 998506 , Reply# 2   6/27/2018 at 04:09 (272 days old) by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

Strange... I have the same washer, it has a miserable torture life since I unboxed it and it is still works like new.

It's the favorite washer i have in my laundry room. I'm looking forward to get the 2.2 cu ft version.

You definitely got a lemon.

Post# 998546 , Reply# 3   6/27/2018 at 11:04 (272 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I really do like this washer, but this issue really has ticked me off. At least it's not flooding anymore, yet.


I tried unplugging to perhaps be able to "reset", but nope, no change.

Post# 998595 , Reply# 4   6/27/2018 at 16:49 (272 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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The anemic fill. It will have a normal flow once or twice during the cycle, but it will be for a short period. Most of the cycle this is what happens. 

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Post# 1013082 , Reply# 5   11/3/2018 at 00:02 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
This thing hates me...

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Well it flooded again. This definitely has to do with the control board. And the A806 is nowhere near completion.

Post# 1013086 , Reply# 6   11/3/2018 at 00:51 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

Well, have you thought about a SCAW2GEN?

It's affordable, not ridiculously small and it has an oferflow protection system plus 3 year hassle-free warranty.

It's not a vintage maytag but it's better than no washer and it is actually very useful even when you have a full size washer.

Post# 1013102 , Reply# 7   11/3/2018 at 08:41 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Hi Louie, You should bring the MC down to the cookie baking party and washer clinic this coming weekend.


The slow fill is not a board problem nor is it likley the cause of the machine flooding.


Bring it along and we will take a look.


John L.

Post# 1013221 , Reply# 8   11/4/2018 at 09:27 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Hi John! The flood was caused by a loose discharge hose. So I jumped the gun. The slow fill continues though. Sadly, I won't be able to attend your event due to time constraints. Sigh. But thanks for the invite.

Post# 1013238 , Reply# 9   11/4/2018 at 11:22 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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we have been seeing a lot of this lately....

check the inlet screens of the valves.....

and maybe try reversing the hoses and wires, curious if that changes anything....

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