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Maytag CA 606 Washer "out of balance" indicator/ buzzer
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Post# 1097171   11/15/2020 at 17:11 (858 days old) by MICHAELG (Post Falls)        

My wife and I were lucky enough to recently acquire a (barn-find) Maytag washer and dryer set in beautiful condition. After having purchased a Maytag Bravos set new 4 years ago this was a dream come true for us. We absolutely hated the Bravos set almost immediately, what complete junk! Boy how we missed our old 1970’s Kenmore (Whirlpool) dryer and 1990’s Kenmore cheap (Whirlpool) washer. They weren’t much, but darn it, they were reliable and cleaned our clothes. And on the rare occasion they actually needed repair, it was usually pretty simple.

These “new” Maytags we just acquired are a CA 606 washer (Feb. 1973) and a CDE 606 Dryer (Dec. 1972). We had let our old Kenmore set go with the sale of our last home, not realizing you couldn’t just go buy a simple, cheap, old-fashioned washer and dryer set anymore. So… in frustration I went looking on Craigslist for replacements like our old ones, still in serviceable shape, to replace our Bravos set. I ran across these being sold by a storefront kept by a local auction house. The gentleman in there, the owner, said that they had supposedly been in storage for over 10 years. Honestly, they looked like it inside and out. In fact, to me, an untrained eye, they appeared to have been stored perhaps much longer than that. The drums inside were clean and unscratched, and inside the cabinets the motors and floors of the cabinets had little dust or residue at all. They honestly looked like they had hardly ever been used. I’m no expert though, I could be wrong. Inside the washer were it’s hoses, which looked to me as though they may have been the originals, and they were still very clean and new looking. The light on the front washer panel also still works, although it’s kind of a flickery light. The push buttons on the front have some of the writing worn off, so they were obviously used, I just cant tell how much.

Our Bravos dryer is natural gas, so I didn’t want to move it out yet until we sell the Bravos set, I don’t want to unhook it and hook it back up to show a buyer that it works. I did, however, move the Maytag washer in, and it works so well I can’t get my wife to let me move it back out and put the Bravos washer back in so that we can sell the darned things and go completely to the old Maytags.

Now, a minor problem, if someone on here could perhaps give me some advice. The washer does not appear to have an “out-of-balance” switch off and/or buzzer. It should have one, right???? Can anyone tell me where it is, what it looks like, how I might fix it, etc. We washed a couple of bathroom throw rugs the other day and it went majorly out of balance and “walked” about 8” across the floor before I could run across the house and shut it off. I’d like to fix this before it happens again.

Thank you all!


Post# 1097175 , Reply# 1   11/15/2020 at 17:43 (858 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Should be an off-balance mechanism that triggers the lid switch.  Excess oscillation of the tub trips a lever that engages the lid switch (as if the lid has been opened) to turn off the motor.  Opening/closing the lid (to redistribute the load) resets the lever.  There is no buzzer, the machine just shuts off.

Post# 1097176 , Reply# 2   11/15/2020 at 17:50 (858 days old) by MICHAELG (Post Falls)        

Excellent, thank you!!!! Perhaps something needs oiled or something from sitting. We'll see if that is wishful thinking!!! Thanks DADoES. By the way... how do you access the inside of the cabinet, pry front off first??? I haven't done this yet, only peered in thru the back. Thanks a million

Post# 1097179 , Reply# 3   11/15/2020 at 18:09 (858 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Welcome Michael!


Throw rugs are tough on just about any washer when it comes to balanced spins, but you should definitely locate the OOB switch and check it.  There is no shortage of information here on vintage Maytags, but you may have to dig around for it.   I've read that switches on the 06/07/08 series of Maytags can get stuck or gummed up over time, so perhaps the long storage period could have caused such a situation.  They can be cleaned and freed up if that's the case.  Member "qsd-dan" may chime in here with instructions.  He is one of our valued vintage Maytag information resources here.


For starters, the front of the cabinet is secured by two screws down by the kick plate area near the bottom.  Remove those, then pull the panel outward and upward to remove it.  The hinged top is held by two screws up front on right and left sides.  Remove those and the top can be tilted backward.


Congratulations on what sounds like an excellent score!  You'll be quite happy with your machines and they should serve you well for years to come. 


Many of us would love to see pictures if you have them to post.



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Post# 1097181 , Reply# 4   11/15/2020 at 18:25 (858 days old) by MICHAELG (Post Falls)        

Thanks RP 2813. You know, come to think of it, it doesn't stop when you open the lid either! I'd love to post photos, and will try to find time to take them in the next couple of days. The dryer is sitting in our Masterbath, waiting to go into service, becuase that's the only place I could find to put it. :D
I got this set for $200.00 and my wife and I were REALLY excited to find them, we just wanted an old fashioned, even cheap, washer and dryer set that filled with water, actually cleaned our clothes and didn't need service regularly. For us, these were surely heaven sent!

Post# 1097182 , Reply# 5   11/15/2020 at 18:27 (858 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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It sounds like the lid switch may be the culprit then.  The OOB switch could be doing its job, but the lid switch apparently isn't.  I think this will be an easy fix for you.  There are discussions here and videos on youtube regarding the lid switch. 

Post# 1097187 , Reply# 6   11/15/2020 at 19:26 (858 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Could be the switch went bad and the previous owner bypassed it, which effectively disables the OOB function.

Remove the front panel per above.  The find the two screws under the front corners that anchor the top so you can raise it for examination of the lid switch assembly.  There's a bracket integral at the top/back of the tub cover that bumps the lever to trigger the OOB function.

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