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When in doubt, pull it...out?

The plug, that is.

Last week, after finishing a load of wash, the machine was flashing that it needed a cleaning. So, I took out the clothes and after putting them in the dryer, turned the washer setting to "clean washer", dumped the soap in and went back upstairs. About 5 minutes later I heard a pleasant yet unfamiliar tone coming from the basement. Back down I went to find the washer was flashing an error code.

I googled the code and found Maytag's help page with this this...

Wait, that's it?! Okay, I can handle that. I unplugged it and set a timer on my phone so I would plug it back in after 5 minutes. Plugged it back in 5 minutes later, same issue. So, I googled again, this time, the guidance was to unplug again but this time only for 1 minute...same thing...another search advised to wait 10 minutes....every time we plugged it back in and tried to restart, same issue.

So, I called. Maytag has a great option to talk to someone before you schedule service (there Is also a straight to scheduling service line, should you know for sure something is broken.) The customer service rep was super nice and asked me to walk him through everything I had done. His response "well, you did everything I would have told you to do, let's get service scheduled." We were scheduled for Tuesday, phew, glad to have someone coming out only 5 days later, good thing we'd already done most of the laundry!

We left the washer unplugged...

On Sunday, JP had the thought to try the washer, just for the heck of it. Wouldn't you know, after having been unplugged for a few days, it worked!! And it's still working! We were able to cancel the service, yay!!

Sometimes in life, we just need to rest for a bit. So, I invite you to be like my washer and unplug.

Tell me in the comments how you reset.

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Jan 28

Washers and dryers are busy appliances - at least at our house. No wonder they may need a little unplugging from time to time. Good for you that you didn't need a repair person to come to your house, put the plug in and look at you, trying not to roll their eyes "was there a problem?" Tamara

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Hahaha, exactly! 🤣


Kimberly, this business of unplugging is powerful. My late husband was astonished when I reprogrammed appliances after storms by...unplugging them-waiting-replugging them! For myself, I'm usually up at 4 and often work until 8 pm. So I turn off my phone and such after lunch, and I just take a timeout for 2 hours. Super! How about you?

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I love that you turn off for your phone for a period of time during the day, I’m going to start doing that.

My reset comes when I read, I try to read at least 30 minutes a day


Jan 27

So glad your washer just needed a time out! Yes, we also need to do that from time to time, just have a time out.

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