FORWARD ™ This Maytag Job Aid, “Centennial Top-Load Washer” (Part No. 8178628), provides the In-Home Service Professional with information on the installation, operation, and service of the Centen- ™ nial Top-Load Washer. For specific information on the model being serviced, refer to the “Use and Care Guide,”...
GENERAL WASHER SAFETY Your safety and the safety of others are very important. We have provided many important safety messages in this manual and on your appliance. Always read and obey all safety messages. This is the safety alert symbol. This symbol alerts you to potential hazards that can kill or hurt you and others.
INSTALLATION INFORMATION INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS TOOLS AND PARTS Tools needed for installation: • Adjustable or open end wrench 9/16˝ Gather the required tools and parts before (14 mm) starting installation. The parts supplied are in • Level the washer basket. • Wood block Parts needed (not provided with washer): •...
LOCATION REQUIREMENTS Recessed area or closet installation The dimensions shown are for the recommend- Selecting the proper location for your washer ed spacing allowed (A and B), except the clos- improves performance and minimizes noise et door ventilation openings. The dimensions and possible washer “walk.”...
DRAIN SYSTEM Laundry tub drain system (view C) The laundry tub needs a minimum 20 gal. The washer can be installed using the stand- (76 L) capacity. The top of the laundry tub pipe drain system (floor or wall), the laundry must be at least 39 in.
ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS WARNING GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS For a grounded, cord-connected washer: This washer must be grounded. In the event of a malfunction or breakdown, grounding will reduce the risk of electrical shock by providing a path of least resistance for elec- tric current.
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU START Remove power plug and yellow strap from machine base to release the rear WARNING leveling system. Excessive Weight Hazard Use two or more people to move and install washer. Failure to do so can result in back or other injury.
CONNECT DRAIN HOSE Looped power cord Proper connection of the drain hose protects your floors from damage due to water leak- age. Read and follow these instructions. The drain hose is connected to your washer and is stored inside the washer cabinet. Remove drain Hose from washer cabinet Gently pull the corrugated drain hose out of the washer from the top of the hose.
To keep drain water from going back into Clear the water lines the washer: • Run water through both faucets and inlet • Do not force excess drain hose into stand- hoses, into a bucket, drainpipe, or laundry pipe. Hose should be secure but loose tub, to get rid of particles in the water lines enough to provide a gap for air.
Using pliers, tighten the couplings with an additional two-thirds turn. NOTE: Do not overtighten or use tape or sealants on the valve. Damage to the Beaded tie strap valves can result. Wrap the drain hose to the laundry tub leg, drain standpipe or inlet hoses, with the beaded tie strap.
Screw the locknut onto each foot to within Check the levelness of the washer by 1˝ (2.5 cm) of the foot base. placing a level on the top edges of the washer, first side to side, then front to back. "...
COMPLETE THE INSTALLATION WARNING Check the electrical requirements. Be sure that you have the correct electrical supply and the recommended grounding method (see “Electrical Requirements”). Check that all parts are now installed. If there is an extra part, go back through the Electrical Shock Hazard steps to see which step was skipped.
PRODUCT OPERATION WASHER USE STARTING YOUR WASHER WARNING: To reduce the risk of ﬁre, electric shock, or injury to persons, read the IMPOR- WARNING TANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS in the “Use and Care Guide” before operating this appli- ance. Measure detergent and pour it into the washer.
Styles 1 and 2: With liquid chlorine bleach Style 1: With liquid fabric softener dis- dispenser (on some models) penser (on some models) • Use only liquid chlorine bleach in this • Use only liquid fabric softener in this dispenser. Do not use this dispenser dispenser.
• Even in Cool wash, some warm water • Extra Rinse & Cycle Signal - This op- is let into the washer to maintain a tion combines both an Extra Rinse and minimum temperature of approximately a Cycle Signal at the end of the wash 70°F (21°C).
WASHER CARE CLEANING YOUR WASHER WINTERIZING YOUR WASHER Shut off both water faucets. Disconnect Use a soft, damp cloth or sponge to wipe up and drain water inlet hoses. Pour 1 qt (1 L) any spills such as detergent or bleach from the of R.V.- type antifreeze into the basket.
TROUBLESHOOTING WASHER AND COMPONENTS BASKET CROOKED NOISY • Was the washer basket pulled forward during loading? Push the basket to the • Is the load balanced and the washer level? center before starting wash. The wash load should be balanced and not overloaded.
WASHER OPERATION • Is the washer in a normal pause in the cycle? The washer pauses for about 2 min- WASHER WON’T RUN, FILL, RINSE OR utes during certain cycles. Allow the cycle AGITATE; WASHER STOPS to continue. Some cycles feature periods of agitation and soak.
• Is there above average iron (rust) in water? WASHER RESULTS You may need to install an iron ﬁlter. LOAD TOO WET • Did you properly sort the load? Sort dark clothes from whites and lights. • Did you use the right cycle for the load •...
• Did you use enough detergent, or do you • Did you overload the washer? The wash have hard water? Use more detergent for load must be balanced and not overloaded. washing heavy soils in cold or hard water. Loads should move freely during washing. •...
COMPONENT ACCESS ™ This section instructs you on how to service each component inside the Maytag Centennial Top-Load Washer. The components and their locations are shown below. COMPONENT LOCATIONS Rear Panel Power Supply Front Panel Cord Temperature Switch Soil Level Switch...
REMOVING THE CONSOLE COMPONENTS AND THE POWER SUPPLY CORD WARNING To remove the timer: a) Remove the control knob as follows: Push the knob in. Hold the rear of the shaft by the slotted end with a small screwdriver so it does not move, then pull the knob off the front of the shaft.
To remove the temperature switch: To remove the water level pressure switch: a) Pull the knob off the switch shaft. a) Pull the pressure hose off the switch. b) Disconnect the wire connector from the switch terminals. b) Disconnect the wire connector from the switch terminals.
REMOVING THE LID SWITCH WARNING Lid Switch Connector Ground Screw Electrical Shock Hazard Disconnect power before servicing. Replace all parts and panels before Locking Tab operating. Failure to do so can result in death or electrical shock. Lift the washer lid so it is straight up. Unplug washer or disconnect power.
REMOVING THE BLEACH DISPENSER WAX MOTOR WARNING Electrical Shock Hazard Disconnect power before servicing. Replace all parts and panels before operating. Failure to do so can result in death or electrical shock. Unplug washer or disconnect power. Remove the control panel and position it back out of the way (see page 4-2 for the Disconnect the hose from the dispenser.
Unsnap the tub ring tabs from the outer 12. Pull the seal off the shaft of the bleach tub and remove it. dispenser wax motor. Seal Tub Ring Bleach Dispenser Turn the tub ring over so you can access Wax Motor the bleach dispenser wax motor.
REMOVING THE REAR PANEL COMPONENTS To remove the vacuum break: WARNING a) Loosen the clamp and disconnect the hose from the vacuum break. Electrical Shock Hazard Hose Clamp Disconnect power before servicing. Replace all parts and panels before operating. Failure to do so can result in death or Vacuum electrical shock.
To remove the water inlet/ATC sensor: To remove the motor start capacitor: a) Remove the hex-head mounting screw a) On the outside of the rear panel, from the rear panel. squeeze the locking tabs on the ca- pacitor holder pin, and push the pin b) Lift and remove the water inlet/ATC out of its hole.
To remove the drain hose bucket: b) Lift the two locking arms on the bucket to release the tabs. a) On the outside of the rear panel, squeeze the locking tabs on the drain c) Open the bucket sections and remove hose bucket, and push the tabs out of the drain hose.
REMOVING THE PUMP AND MOTOR b) Loosen the two clamps from the tub WARNING outlet and drain hoses and pull the hoses off the pump. c) Release the two spring clips and pull the pump away from the motor. Tub Outlet Hose Electrical Shock Hazard Disconnect power before servicing.
To remove the motor: f) Pull the motor away from the washer until the motor coupler pins disengage a) Remove the pump from the motor (see from the motor coupler isolator, and step 3). remove the motor. b) Disconnect the two wires from the mo- tor start capacitor terminals (see page 4-8).
REMOVING THE AGITATOR AND TRANSMISSION c) Pull the barrier cap and rubber O-ring WARNING out of the agitator. Barrier Cap Electrical Shock Hazard Disconnect power before servicing. Replace all parts and panels before operating. Failure to do so can result in death or electrical shock.
To remove the transmission: d) Squeeze the locking tabs together and push the wire standoff out of the trans- a) Remove the agitator (see step 2). mission mounting hole. b) Slide the agitator clip and washer up e) Remove the three 1/2˝ bolts from the and off the transmission shaft.
h) Remove the thrust washer from the l) Use a pair of pliers and remove the agitator shaft. pad assembly from the clutch drum. i) Use a screwdriver, and unsnap the m) Inspect the inside contact surface of spring retaining clip and the clutch re- the drum for scratch marks, or uneven taining ring from the agitator shaft.
n) Remove the motor from the transmis- sion (see page 4-11 for the procedure). o) Remove the two 1/2˝ hex-head bolts from the motor plate and remove the plate. 1/2˝ Bolts Motor Plate 4-15...
REMOVING THE BASKET, OUTER TUB, AND BASKET DRIVE ASSEMBLY WARNING Slide the agitator clip and washer up and off the transmission shaft. Electrical Shock Hazard Disconnect power before servicing. Replace all parts and panels before operating. Failure to do so can result in death or Agitator Clip Agitator Washer electrical shock.
b) Lift the basket off the drive block, and remove the basket from the outer tub. Front Tub Spring Bracket Screws Basket Tub-To-Pump Hose Outer Tub Left Front Tub Spring e) Unhook the counterbalance spring from the rear tub spring bracket and Drive Block the frame.
To remove the basket drive assembly: REASSEMBLY NOTES: a) Remove the agitator and transmission When you install the drive block on the (see page 4-12 for the procedures). transmission shaft, make sure that the two slots fit over the tabs of the shaft. b) Remove the basket (see step 7).
REMOVING THE SKATE PLATE AND SUSPENSION PADS Lift the skate plate off the base assem- WARNING bly. Pry the three suspension pads off the top of the washer base assembly and replace the pads. Pry Off Suspension Pads Electrical Shock Hazard Disconnect power before servicing.
COMPONENT TESTING Before testing any of the components, perform • Check all connections before replacing com- the following checks: ponents, looking for broken or loose wires, failed terminals, or wires not pressed into • The most common cause for control failure connectors far enough.
WARNING Electrical Shock Hazard Disconnect power before servicing. Replace all parts and panels before operating. Failure to do so can result in death or electrical shock. WATER LEVEL PRESSURE SWITCH Pressure Refer to page 4-2 for the procedure for ac- Switch Inlet cessing the water level pressure switch.
WARNING Electrical Shock Hazard Disconnect power before servicing. Replace all parts and panels before operating. Failure to do so can result in death or electrical shock. WATER INLET / ATC SENSOR To test the ATC sensor: a) Disconnect the wires from the sensor Refer to page 4-7 for the procedure for access- terminals.
WARNING Electrical Shock Hazard Disconnect power before servicing. Replace all parts and panels before operating. Failure to do so can result in death or electrical shock. MOTOR START CAPACITOR Disconnect the wires from the capacitor terminals. Refer to page 4-7 for the procedure for ac- Set the ohmmeter to the R x 1K scale.
WARNING Electrical Shock Hazard Disconnect power before servicing. Replace all parts and panels before operating. Failure to do so can result in death or electrical shock. MOTOR DRIVE MOTOR Refer to page 4-10 for the procedure for ac- cessing the motor. HIGH Unplug washer or disconnect power.
WARNING Electrical Shock Hazard Disconnect power before servicing. Replace all parts and panels before operating. Failure to do so can result in death or electrical shock. MOTOR THERMAL PROTECTOR BASKET DRIVE SHAFT CHECKS Refer to page 4-10 for the procedure for ac- Refer to page 4-16 for the procedure for ac- cessing the pump and motor.
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