This phenomenon is rarely a good thing, if ever. Potential culprits include one or more of the following:
1). You Activated The Child Lock
You can blame the child lock function, especially if the lid lock light is flashing and none of the other controls are lighting up. The child lock feature prevents children from using the controls.
They can press the buttons and turn the knobs without activating or deactivating the machine’s functions. But it can confound adults if they unknowingly initiate it.
2). The Machine Has A Glitch
Resets typically resolve glitches. Therefore, if you have a similar challenge, don’t blame the issue on a malfunction. Glitches occur all the time in electronic devices, and you can’t always identify their origins. Fortunately, they have a simple solution.
3). The Drain Is Blocked
Laypeople don’t expect a blocked drain to interfere with a washer’s functions. They ignore two crucial factors. First, a machine’s lid won’t open until the cycle ends. You can bypass the lock, but this tactic is discouraged.
Secondly, washers drain the dirty water before adding cold water and initiating the rinse cycle. In other words, the rinse cycle won’t commence if the drainage is blocked. If the rinse cycle doesn’t start, the lid will technically stay locked because the machine has yet to complete the previous cycle.
As you can see, clogging in the drain can create numerous complications, including a flashing door lock light. You can check the drain filter for obstructions, but this is merely the first step. The drain pump can also introduce malfunctions if it fails or clogs. The same applies to the motor and hoses.
Clogging is a prominent challenge among Maytag washers because laundry generates lint. Inevitably, that lint will accumulate until it creates a barrier the draining water cannot overcome.
4). The Maytag Washer Has Responded to Delays
This Maytag guide blames a flashing door lock light on delays. The washer is taking too long to either fill or drain. This issue can manifest because of the following:
- The drain hose is very long.
- The drain hose was poorly installed.
- The drain pump is defective.
- The drain is clogged.
- The inlet hoses have kinks or obstructions.
- Your plumbing system has low pressure.
- You did not turn the water supply on.
5). The Locking Mechanism Has A Defect
The washer’s locking mechanism is more complex than many people realize. After all, it will only open when the cycle ends. In fact, the cycle won’t start when the lid is open. This reveals the fairly complicated systems Maytag uses to engineer the locking mechanism. The following can cause a door lock light to blink:
- The lid lock switch is old and worn out or simply damaged.
- The actuator is faulty, leading to miscommunication with the lid lock and control panel.
- Debris is blocking the lock striker, creating interference.
- The lock motor has failed.
6). The Control Board Has Failed
The control board works with the locking mechanism to seal the door until a cycle ends. Because the control board runs everything, any faults it develops will affect every other function in the Maytag machine, including the locking mechanism.
How To Fix It?
- Machine Lounge wants you to put the unit in diagnostic mode by selecting any three buttons and pushing them three times. That is to say, press button 1, button 2, and button 3, and then buttons 1, 2, and 3 a second time, and then buttons 1, 2, and 3 a third time. Do this within ten seconds. You don’t have to sit through the entire diagnostic process. Wait ten seconds and exit.
- Perform a reset. Unplug the Maytag washer, wait sixty seconds, and plug it back in.
- Make sure the door is closed correctly. Debris can keep the lid open. Remove these obstructions and apply gentle pressure until the door is firmly shut.
- If the water is not draining fast enough, check the drain hose’s installation. Make sure the hose is securely attached to the tub.
- Unclog blocked inlet valves and replace them if the damage is too severe.
- Make sure the water inlet hoses are connected and the water supply is open.
- Remove obstructions from the water lines. Hire a plumber to fix your water supply’s low-pressure problem.
- Deactivate the child lock. Use the manual to identify the procedure that removes the child lock in your Maytag model.
- If the lid striker slipped from its original location, push it back into its proper place. You can do this by applying pressure with your fingers.
- Test the lid switch with a multimeter and replace it where necessary.
- Test the door latch with a multimeter. Replace a faulty door latch assembly.
- Many laypeople are quick to replace a malfunctioning actuator motor. However, you should start by accessing this component and checking the wiring. You may fix the problem by tightening loose connections.
- Remove any debris interfering with the switch or striker.
- Replace a defective control board.
- If the drain is blocked, remove the obstructions. Search for them in the drain pump and hose. If the hoses are kinked, you can remove the kinks or replace the hose, depending on the severity of the damage.
- Test the drain pump and motor and replace them if they fail.
- Clean the drain filter and replace it where necessary.
- If your warranty expired, try bypassing the locking mechanism. Usually, bypassing the lid lock is a bad idea because you may void your warranty.
If the washer is older than ten years, you should consider replacing it, especially if the repair costs are high.