How do I unlock my Maytag top load washer without power?

Answered by Robert Flynn

If your Maytag top load washer doesn’t have power and you need to unlock it, don’t worry, there is a way to manually unlock the door or lid. Follow these steps:

1. Safety first: Before attempting any repairs or accessing the washer’s internal components, make sure to unplug the machine from the power source. This will prevent any potential electrical hazards.

2. Locate the manual release: The manual release is usually located near the door lock mechanism. Look for a small plastic tab or lever that can be accessed from below the door lock or inside the soap dispenser housing. It may be labeled as “Manual Release” or something similar.

3. Access the manual release: Depending on your Maytag washer model, you may need to remove the front panel or the top panel to access the manual release. Refer to your washer’s user manual or online resources for specific instructions on how to remove the panels.

4. Engage the manual release: Once you have accessed the manual release, use your fingers or a tool (such as a small screwdriver) to engage the release mechanism. It may require pulling, pushing, or turning the lever to unlock the door or lid. Apply gentle pressure and be careful not to force anything.

5. Open the door or lid: After engaging the manual release, you should be able to open the door or lid of the washer. Take care not to damage any components while doing so.

6. Troubleshoot the issue: Once you have successfully unlocked the washer, you can further investigate why it lost power. Check the power cord, circuit breaker, and outlet to ensure they are functioning correctly. If necessary, consult a professional technician or contact Maytag customer support for assistance.

Remember, every Maytag washer model may have slightly different features and mechanisms, so it’s essential to consult your washer’s user manual or online resources specific to your model for accurate instructions.