5 Reasons Why Maytag Washer Not Turning On

Is your Maytag washer not turning on? You’ve come to the right place. This article will guide you through the necessary troubleshooting steps to resolve this problem.

If your Maytag washer will not turn on, start by checking the incoming power supply to the appliance. Ensure that there are no blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers. Then, clean any corroded contact pads that are exposed underneath the user interface. The wiring between the user interface and main control board could also cause this issue, as could a failed main control board.

Let’s take a closer look at all those possible reasons and what you can do to fix them.


Before performing any repairs on your Maytag washer, always disconnect it from its power supply to prevent electrocution and reduce your overall injury risk. 

Incoming Power Supply

When troubleshooting a Maytag washer that won’t turn on, your first step should be to check the incoming power supply.

Once you’ve confirmed that your household receives power from the grid, the next step is to check the power supply directly to your washer.

Your Maytag washer can be wired in two ways. The appliance is plugged into a wall socket that supplies it with power or is wired directly to your household power supply.

As a protective feature, the power supply to your washer will have a dedicated fuse or circuit breaker somewhere along the way.

Why it fails:

If your Maytag washer isn’t turning on at all, then there’s a possibility that it is not receiving power.

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This problem is likely caused by an interrupted power supply due to a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker, both of which could have happened to protect the Maytag washer during a power surge. Alternatively, a blown fuse or tripped breaker could also happen if an electrical fault in the washing machine causes it to draw an excessive amount of electricity.

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How to fix:

If the issue is a blown fuse, you will need to replace it with a new one. Electrical fuses are sacrificial devices, which means that they will get destroyed to protect the washer when there’s an excessive flow of electricity. 

Once that happens, the fuse can no longer be used, and it must be replaced. However, if there is a tripped breaker, you will only have to switch it back on.

If fuses continue to blow or the breaker trips repeatedly, that’s a sign that there’s an electrical fault in the power supply or the washing machine. At this point, it would be best to call for a qualified technician to help troubleshoot the issue.

Corroded Contact Pads On User Interface

The user interface on your Maytag washer is the front-facing section that you use to interact with the appliance.

This part is sometimes referred to as the control panel, and it is where you control the machine’s settings by pressing the necessary buttons.

The user interface is where you choose how the machine will carry out the wash cycles to clean your laundry in simpler terms.

Why it fails:

The user interface sends signals to the main control board through a wire harness. This wire harness connects to the underside of the user interface, where a section of its circuit board and several contact points are exposed.

Steam from the washer can find its way to those exposed contact points and cause them to corrode over time. When that happens, it can cause electrical problems that prevent the washer from turning on.

How to fix:

This problem can be resolved by cleaning those corroded contact points. To do this:

  • First, separate the user interface from the rest of the washer. Doing this will allow you to disconnect the wire harness that connects the user interface to the main control board.
  • Next, use a wipe with rubbing alcohol to clean the corroded contact points gently.
  • Give the contact points a minute or two to dry completely before reconnecting the wire harness you removed earlier.

User Interface Or Control Panel

As mentioned in the previous section, the user interface (sometimes referred to as the control panel) is the part of your Maytag washer that you use to control the appliance. The front-facing part of the washer with buttons you press to input settings for the wash cycle.

Why it fails:

Your Maytag washer may be receiving power. However, the user interface or control panel is the part that’s preventing the appliance from turning on. If this is the case, the control panel will not light up, and you can’t start a wash cycle.

There are two general reasons why your user interface has stopped working. Firstly, it could be due to excessive wear and tear. This reason is most likely if you have been using the same Maytag washing machine for a very long time.

Related: Maytag Washing Machine Control Panel Problems

However, another possibility is that moisture has continually found its way to the user interface, causing it to fail. In addition, excess moisture and humidity could lead to excessive corrosion (as mentioned in the previous section). Worse yet, moisture can form water droplets on the electronic components, causing them to short circuit.

How to fix:

User interfaces that no longer work cannot be repaired, so they will need to be replaced entirely. To do this:

  • First, remove the detergent drawer and the washer’s top panel.
  • Next, unthread the screws and release the locking tabs holding the console in place. From there, you will be able to detach the wire harness that connects the user interface to the main control board.
  • The user interface is housed inside the console, so you’ll need to take the interface out and replace it with the new one.
  • First, make sure the buttons are in the correct positions before you mount the interface in place.
  • Then, reconnect the wire harness to the user interface and reinstall the console.
  • Lastly, replace the detergent drawer and the top panel that you removed earlier.

Wiring Between User Interface And Main Control Board

As we’ve seen a few times earlier, there is a wire harness that connects the user interface directly to the main control board. This wire harness is critical because it sends signals to the control board whenever you input settings on the interface.

Maytag washer not turning on

More importantly, this wiring sends a signal to the control board to turn your Maytag washer on whenever you press the power button.

Why it fails:

On Maytag washers, the wiring between the user interface and main control board will not only fail if the wiring gets damaged. The wiring will also fail if it is pinched or twisted, which typically happens after a repair.

When this happens, no signals or power will be able to flow between the user interface and main control board, which is why you won’t be able to turn on the washer.

How to fix:

To fix this, you will need to access the wiring inside the washer, particularly the one that connects the user interface to the main control board. You can do this by removing the top panel on the washer.

If you’re unsure, you must refer to the user manual or technical sheet to locate and identify the correct wiring.

  • Once you’ve found it, inspect every inch of that wiring for any visible signs of damage.
  • If there is any damage, then you will need to replace the wiring.
  • This task is straightforward to do, as you will need to disconnect the wiring at both ends and reconnect the replacement wiring the same way.
  • Next, look for any twisted or kinked sections.
  • Finally, straighten the wiring, and be extra careful when replacing the panel you removed earlier.

Main Control Board: maytag washer not turning on

The main control board is the brain of your Maytag washer. It is a printed circuit board containing many electrical and electronic components responsible for coordinating the different components and tasks necessary to complete a wash cycle.

The main control board also interacts with the user interface. So, when you use the user interface to turn the washer on, it will send a signal to the main control board to power up the appliance.

Why it fails:

The main control board can fail from excessive wear and tear, especially if you’ve been using the washer for a long time. Besides that, excess moisture could have also found its way to the control board, forming water droplets that might short out one or more of its components.

When that happens, your Maytag washer will fail to power up at all.

How to fix:

A damaged main control board must be replaced.

  • First, locate the assembly inside the washer that houses that board.
  • Then, open the wire covers to remove all of the different electrical connectors attached to the main control board.
  • That will make it possible to remove the old board.
  • Next, install the new control board by first reconnecting all electrical wiring the same way as before.
  • Next, close the wire covers, and mount the assembly in place by securing it with screws.

Replacement control boards can be purchased online at retailers like Amazon, starting at about $125. Double check your model number when ordering. Click here.

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Reader Comments (5)

  1. Maytag washers and dryers even there top of the line are just cheap china made junk at an expensive price. 10 year warranty is not worth price of the 10 Year warranty sticker

  2. My 2 year old maytag washer mvw6200kw1 is completely dead, power to the board is good, I saw a burned spot on the board potting compound. I purchased a new board, inspected all through the washer for other burned components, then with a meter I read resistance thru all components and check for short to grounds too. before I powered up, to run the self-test first. The board burned up again 20 seconds into the self-test, being completely dead, no fault code is available. I called maytag because this has a 10 year limited warranty and they sent a tech to troubleshoot, the new board had burned in the same spot as the first one, he said this is indicative of a bad drain valve even though it test good with a meter. maytag wanted $500 for the board and $200 for the valve! Thats what I paid for this unit 2 years ago. I call maytag customer service and explained my situation and they refused to offer any assistance to stand behind their product. I will tell everyone I know to avoid maytag/whirlpool, because the poor quality and poor customer service. A once great name now just a sticker slapped on a cheap product then over priced.



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