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HomeSealed 01-18-2013 02:00 PM

washer busted?
So I'm not an appliance guy, and I'm looking for some input before I start tearing this thing apart...
I have an approx 15yr old maytag front load washer. Came downstairs before (washer had been in the middle of a cycle), and there is soapy water all over the floor, the washer is doing nothing but buzzing, and it smells like band-aids.
Opened it up and it spins freely inside, but it does nothing when I try to turn it back on but buzz.
I'm thinking the motor is shot? Thoughts?
Secondly, if that is the case (or something else), is it even worth repairing?
Thanks in advance for input:)

joecaption 01-18-2013 02:48 PM

Now you know someones going to need the make and model #.
If it's 15 years old I would not be spending a whole lot of money on it.

HomeSealed 01-18-2013 02:54 PM

maytag neptune mah5500bww
... that was my thought as well, but I don't want to trash it if there is a cheap fix

64pvolvo1800 01-18-2013 05:06 PM

Motor buzzing doesn't jive with soapy water discharge. More likely a busted water discharge pump. At 15 though, it may not be worth it. I had a washer that long that went through two motor shaft couplings until they were obsolete wo replacement. It's worth pulling apart to see at least.

joecaption 01-18-2013 05:12 PM

Give this a shot.

hardwareman 01-18-2013 08:46 PM

just take the front and back panel off. Take a look around in there, maybe as simple as the drive belt. I would spend a few bucks to repair that machine before I would buy new.

HomeSealed 01-21-2013 04:20 PM

Someone elses problem now. Got a new set delivered over the weekend. :)

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