How To Fix Maytag Washer With A Lid Or Door That Wont Open

How To Fix Maytag Washer With A Lid Or Door That Wont Open

Door Lock Or Interlock

The door lock, also referred to as an interlock, an safety device that is used in front-load Maytag washing machines as well as certain Maytag top load washers. It keeps the lid and door from opening when the machine is operating. It is made up of an opening catch that is mounted on the door and an internal door lock that sits on the back of the front panel/door shroud , or the main top. The lock mechanism consists of the switches and is usually a lock/unlock solenoid or solenoid for the wax motor.

When the cycle is started the washer control will activate the lock solenoid/wax motor in order to prevent the door or lid from opening. The control will either trigger the door unlock solenoid/wax motor or disable it at the closing of the cycle. The wax motor-type solenoid typically takes about a minute or two to deactivate or activate. The lock mechanism might be the reason for the issue if your door or lid isn’t opening at the end of the cycle. Most Maytag washers have an unlocking manual lever to open the mechanism and allow you to access the door or lid. The release is usually accessible via the lock’s lower part, or on some models, it is accessible from inside the soap dispenser’s housing.

  1. Unplug the Maytag washer’s source of power before you begin.
  2. Make sure you clean your door lock. It’s usually found along the frame of your washer and under the lid.
  3. If the cleaning doesn’t solve the problem, then remove the door lock from the Maytag washing machine and inspect it for cracks, damages, or wear. If you want to take the switch off, it is likely that you need to take off all or just a section of the cabinet.
  4. You will need to replace your switch if it shows any of these indicators. 


Door Strike & Catch & Hook

The door strike, also referred to as the hook or catch is a safety mechanism installed on front loading Maytag washing machines. It can also be it is used to open the lid switch of a top load washer. The hook that is on the door of Maytag front-load washers serves to engage and secure the mechanism.

The hook on the door can become damaged and is not in a position to engage the door lock properly or disconnect from the lock mechanism in a simple manner after. The door strike, or hook, is typically made of a rigid plastic. It could be damaged through normal wear and tear or if someone tries to unlock the door when the lock is engaged. This is the method to inspect the door strike of a Maytag washing-machine:

  1. It’s a simple inspection that does not require any tools or removal.
  2. Locate your door strike. It’s located in the door frame of your Maytag washer.
  3. Visually inspect the strike to verify that it connects to the door lock assembly correctly and that it releases with no issue. Also, examine the strike for indications of wear, cracks or damage.
  4. If you notice any problems in the process of performing the tests mentioned above, you will need a Maytag replacement door strike.


Lid Hinge & Pin

Two hinges link the lid to top load Maytag washers. The hinges may be constructed of metal or plastic, and may eventually wear down because of normal use. If you are having difficulty opening the lid then the hinges may be at fault. What can you do to test the hinges and pins of your Maytag washer:

  1. You’ll need to expose electrical components for this test. Before starting check that you’ve unplugged the Maytag washer.
  2. Start by lifting the lid. Then, check the pins and hinges for wear, cracks or dirt.
  3. Remove or lift the top of the main lid in order to check the hinges from all sides and pins.
  4. If you notice any issues when performing the tests above you’ll require the Maytag replacement hinges on the lid..