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Old 04-22-2012, 11:09 AM
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Model Number: DWU8260AAX   Brand: Maytag   Age: More than 10 years   

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About half of the time (so far) the cycle hangs and won't continue to the rinse cycle. The sump is empty and the detergent cup is open but has most of the detergent still in the open cup. Temp boost is on and heated dry is disabled. It seems to me that is could be a water level sensor (?) or the timer switch or something else. I don't have a manual and don't understand well the sequence of events of DW function. I will appreciate your help.


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Old 10-09-2013, 07:36 PM
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Default JGW-did you find the cause?

JGW-did you find the cause? I have the same issue on my Maytag DW except it is every time we use it wont advance to Rinse unless we manually move the knob.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:52 PM
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JGW-did you find the cause? I have the same issue on my Maytag DW except it is every time we use it wont advance to Rinse unless we manually move the knob.
John
Since it had to be the timer switch, and having nothing to lose, I disconnected the power and cleaned the switch contacts and ensured the wiring connections were tight. (I was an electronics tech in the Navy and have extensive experience with electrical devices.) I also made sure nothing was binding the motor that drives the switch. That solved my problem. It's not something I recommend unless you have experience with electrical devices.

Unfortunately, the alternative of having it repaired will be expensive. Mine is almost 20 years old, so I was looking at replacement if I couldn't get it going. I could find the front panel - very expensive, but not the switch assembly.

If - IF - you feel comfortable working on it, I'll work with you by phone.

It almost sounds like something is "old & tired" and it doesn't have the current to move the switch and maybe pull a drain/fill solenoid, but I'm just guessing - I don't have schematics or wiring/timing diagrams. But if you manually advance the timer switch and it finishes the cycle OK, then other than a motor that is wearing out on the switch, it should be OK.

Let me know.

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Found the issue: the door handle has two switches, ome located on either side of the handle. One was cracked and seemed to act like the door had been opened. Replaced each switch and it now cycles through.
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