Why does it take so long for my Maytag to wash clothes?
The "Normal" cycle is :41 minutes total...or so it says. But, it takes 1:10 minutes to wash!! Why??
A washer series by Maytag with a low rate of customer satisfaction and a high rate of failure.
As far as I know, the only aspect of the wash cycle that is vulnerable to variations in cycle time is related to filling with water. The machine calls for the water inlet valve to open so the machine can fill to the prescribed level, and then it must wait until the level sensor detects the proper amount of water is in place, at which point the programmed cycle can advance. If the water, for some reason, is not coming in like it should, it would take more time to fill the machine, thereby extending the cycle time. Nothing else I can think of really makes any sense.
Low water supply pressure coming into the washer could be the issue, or it might be an obstruction or clogged filter or a restricted or faulty water inlet valve. Otherwise the lines between the water inlet valve and the tub might have a kink, or leak,or other issue.
Grab a 5 gallon bucket and unplug the washer. Pull the washer out to access the back area. Turn off the water supply valves (that supply water to the hoses leading to the washer). Remove one of the water supply hoses connecting to the water inlet valve. Hold the hose over the bucket, and slowly open the water supply valve to observe the flow/looking for low pressure or flow rate. Close the water supply valve. Repeat with the other hose.
If you don’t see a problem there, move on to the water inlet valve and check the ports and screen filters for debris, clogs, etc. This is where you’re most likely to find the problem, I would guess. If not, you’ll need to check the tub supply lines from the water inlet valve, routed of course on the inside of the washer cabinet.
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I have sorted out that my Maytag Bravos XL keeps cycling rinse and spin in effort to balance the load. Everytime the load is off balance, it automatically rinses and agitates to correct the balance - over, and over, and over. A load of 4 or 5 towles can take 2(+) hrs to complete, while a large load of clothes completes wash in the normal 50min. It is a beatdown.
Is there a drip pan and/or hose that should be drained? This step solves balance issues with front load washers.