Maytag washe motor overheats
Model Number: MAV5000AWW Brand:
5 - 10 years
I have a Maytag washer model MAV5000AWW which overheated. My son was washing clothes and it started to smell in the laundry room. When he called me down to look at it there was a strong smell just like when an electrical motor overheats. I unloaded the washer and siphoned out the water. Next I removed the belt and checked the pulleys. The basket pulley and the pump pulley turned easily. The motor pulley was very hard to turn. After removing it it looked like the brake had stuck.
Since the other pulleys turned easily I figured replacing the motor would be a sure fix. I'm unemployed now so thought I would replace it myself. I ordered a new motor from a parts store. It is a Maytag/Whirlpool replacement part. All the RPM and voltage specs matched the old motor. I checked the electrical connections - wire colors, positions, etc - and it was the same as the old motor. Once I reinstalled the motor, making sure that all connections and ground wires were OK, I filled it with the smallest load size. That was OK. Once it started the wash cycle the motor began overheating and smoking. I let it cool and then turned it to the spin/empty cycle. Same thing, it began to overheat. The belt still turns all pulleys easily.
What is wrong????