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Maytag A308 Washer paused mid cycle, won't drain or spin
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Post# 1024055   2/8/2019 at 23:44 by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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My A308 washer seems to be broken. I was doing a load of towels and it just seemed to pause and never restart. The tub is still full of water. I can hear the timer and the dial keeps turning through cycles, but it does not advance to a new cycle, it just keeps rotating. I have tried manually advancing the knob and it does not agitate, spin or drain. Not sure what is wrong, but I have a load of towels sitting in water. Any help would be appreciated.

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Post# 1024067 , Reply# 1   2/9/2019 at 02:06 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Lid switch?  Mother-in-law's stopped mid cycle like that, full of water.  I'm not sure about her timer still advancing because she just took everything out, dipped out all the water, and left it til I could look at it.  $8 for a whole new switch assembly on ebay and only took 10 minutes to fix.  Hopefully yours will be this simple.  There is also a fuse built into the lid switch that can blow.  That also happened to her washer a few years ago.  Good luck.

Post# 1024091 , Reply# 2   2/9/2019 at 09:57 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Dead MT A308 Washer

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It is not the lid switch, on your washer the LS cuts off all power, there is also no fuse in the LS circuits on this earlier washer.


Most likley a bad timer or motor, if you are lucky a wire may have come off a timer or motor terminal.


John L.

Post# 1024303 , Reply# 3   2/11/2019 at 11:30 by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        
Repairman came out today

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Repairman says it is the timer and the pressure switch needs to be replaced. He is hesitant to repair because lots of people say they want their old machine fixed, but then post bad reviews online because something else goes wrong and the repair fails. I don't know what is wrong with people who do that. If you have a vintage appliance repaired you knowingly take that risk as all the parts are old. Anyway, I think I reassured the repairman and I am going to check out some parts I found on Repair Clinic and eBay. I am very hopeful I have finally found an appliance repair person close to home to fix my vintage appliances!

Post# 1024333 , Reply# 4   2/11/2019 at 19:33 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

Congratulations on finding a repair person willing to work on your nice vintage Maytag set! Looking forward to hearing they are running great again.

Post# 1024449 , Reply# 5   2/13/2019 at 07:28 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Glad you have a diagnosis.  If you are handy you can get the parts and change them out yourself!!

Post# 1024462 , Reply# 6   2/13/2019 at 10:20 by kafooty06 (washington )        

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Hi Kelly I have a Maytag washer just like yours with the exact problem you are having I will use this thread as a reference to get mine fixed .I got this Maytag free by a guy saying it doesn't work. so I took it home and cleaned up the rust inside the cabinet and coated it. I didn't want to scrap it if its an easy fix I love these washers simply the best . I also have two 1978 KMs that I rescued .

Post# 1024471 , Reply# 7   2/13/2019 at 12:33 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Did you get your Maytag washer going?
I hope so. And wondering if that repair guy was the one who came over & fixed your Maytag?

Enquiring minds want to know...

Post# 1025055 , Reply# 8   2/18/2019 at 20:54 by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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Hi Hippeedoll,

Sorry to respond so late. I have been going back and forth to the hospital keeping my brother company while he is ill.

Anyway, the repairman is coming back to install the timer and pressure switch as soon as I have both parts. The stupid place that I ordered the pressure switch from just informed me today, nearly a week after I ordered the part, that the part was back ordered and would not even ship out for another week. I finally heard from them after I called with no response and emailed them three times! Very frustrating! So, I will be spending a second week at the laundromat and searching for a new pressure switch, which really blows. I really wanted to try to find new old stock, but I may have to downgrade to used. The repairman really does not want to use a used one, but at this point it may be my only choice. The whole experience has been a huge bummer, but at least I found a repairman who is willing to work with me. :)


Post# 1025208 , Reply# 9   2/20/2019 at 16:44 by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        
Fixed it!

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I finally got the parts today, but the repairman was out of town. I decided I was tired of the laundromat, so I fixed it myself. The washer is up and running again. I am so relieved!

Post# 1025209 , Reply# 10   2/20/2019 at 16:49 by RP2813 (West Coast)        

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Way to go!  Happy laundering!

Post# 1025212 , Reply# 11   2/20/2019 at 17:16 by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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Thanks RP2813! It watched a video on youtube and it was a surprisingly easy repair! I'm feeling pretty darn proud of myself!

Post# 1025215 , Reply# 12   2/20/2019 at 17:54 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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That is really cool that you fixed it yourself, WAY TO GO!
You are definitely braver than I

So happy you got your Maytag up & running again

I'm doin the HAPPY DANCE for you on this side of the computer...

Post# 1025217 , Reply# 13   2/20/2019 at 18:06 by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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I watched a youtube video and took pictures as I removed the parts, which was really helpful. The thought of having to go to the laundromat for a second week made me brave enough to give it a try! On my second load of laundry and it appears to be working well thank goodness!

Post# 1025232 , Reply# 14   2/20/2019 at 21:03 by 79maytaga106 (Texas)        

Awesome! I'm glad you fixed it yourself!

Post# 1025270 , Reply# 15   2/21/2019 at 10:00 by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Congrats, and way to go on fixing your washer on your own!


Post# 1025275 , Reply# 16   2/21/2019 at 11:32 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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You go girl!! Happy to hear you didnít give up and saved a great machine.

Post# 1025288 , Reply# 17   2/21/2019 at 14:38 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Good deal!

Post# 1025305 , Reply# 18   2/21/2019 at 20:32 by naturalnick (Chillum Gardens, Maryland )        

Bravissimo! That's a beautiful W/D set. :)

Post# 1025314 , Reply# 19   2/21/2019 at 23:04 by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

Good for you Kelly, Way to go. I have a set like you have only in harvest gold. I love my Maytag.

Post# 1025317 , Reply# 20   2/21/2019 at 23:56 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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So glad you got it fixed and did it yourself.

Post# 1025717 , Reply# 21   2/26/2019 at 12:37 by DE409 (Maryland)        

If you ever decide to sell them let me know. I have the same DE409 and it has been great until Feb when the motor went out. I am repowering and saving for my kids.

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