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Tips On How To Reset A Maytag Centennial Washer 


Tips On How To Reset A Maytag Centennial Washer

Washing machines have become essential appliances in the home. They help to make washing clothes a breeze.

New washing machines keep popping up now and then. And most of them have completely different features users need to understand. 

 The Maytag Centennial Washer is one of the latest modern washing machines on the market. It washes with high efficiency, and it’s energy-saving. This washer is also available as semi-automated and fully automated.

Sometimes power surges, uneven load, or power outages can make this washing machine unresponsive. But that doesn’t need to bother you. 

In this article, we’ll show you how to rest your Maytag Washer should you encounter an error.

How To Reset A Maytag Centennial Washer

Follow the steps below to reset your Maytag Centennial washer.

  • Disconnect the washer from power for a minute.
  • Reconnect the washer to electricity. Next, lift and lower the lid six times with a 12-second interval. Repeat for 30 seconds. Ensure you raise the lid at least 2-inches to disrupt the lid’s magnetic connection.
  • Close the lid completely everything you do this.
  • The actions above will reset the motor for a new cycle.

Types Of Maytag Washers

There are two types of Maytag washers – front load and top load washers.

Front-load washing machines: 

A front load washing machine is a fully-automatic washer that loads from the front. These washers use less water and are more energy-efficient than their top-load counterparts.

Top load washing machines: 

These washers load from the top and are available in manual and fully automatic models. Top-loaders are ideal for people who don’t fancy bending down to load the machine. 

Fully-automatic top-load washers take up less room, making them ideal for consumers who don’t have ample space. Front-loaders and top-loaders differ in design, installation, capacity, water levels, and wash action.

Front Load Vs. Top Load Maytag Washers

Here, we compare front load and top load washers in different aspects.


Top loaders open from the top. An impeller or an agitator drives the wash action. However, the dryers open from the front.

On the other hand, front-loaders have access doors that open from the front. So you can stack washer or dryer pairs if you don’t have enough space. 


Reaching the bottom of top-loaders may be difficult, although this depends on your height or the washer’s height.

You may need to bend or reach to use front-loading washers. Laundry pedestals are an easy fix. Pedestals raise your appliances and some store detergent and fabric softener.


The controls for top-load washers are on the top, near the back. The controls for front-load washers are on the front, near the top.


The largest washers are mostly top-loaders, although they offer several models at different price points.

Large capacity front loaders are also available. Interestingly, front-loaders give more space than top-loaders of the same size as they lack the central agitator present in top-loaders.


Many top-load washers use less water to save energy and get better cleaning results with more detergent. Like Maytag’s Deep Fill feature, some models allow you to add water to certain cycles.

Front-loaders that use high-efficiency detergent also use less water and clean more thoroughly. So, you may not need as much detergent as you think.

Types Of Maytag Top Load Washers

There are two Maytag top load washers – agitator and impeller washers. So what’s the main difference between agitators vs. impellers?

Agitator Vs. Impeller Maytag Washers

Action: Machines with agitators have a central pole that turns back and forth, wiping stains away. Those with impellers employ a low-profile cone or disc that spins/rotates to clean the garments.

Design: Agitators are tall vertical vane spindles in the washer’s center. On the other hand, Impellers rub garments against each other by rotating low-profile cones, wheels, fins, or discs.

Similarities Between Agitators Vs. Impellers

Both washers have a meeting point. First, agitators and impellers soak garments in recirculated wash/rinse water. Secondly, agitators and impellers rotate for a powerful clean.

Having considered the peculiarities of front and top-loading washing machines, you might get confused trying to make a purchase decision. In the next section, we’ll help you by reviewing their merits and demerits.

Should You Get a Front-Load or Top-Load Washing Machine?

Most people prefer a front-loading washer to a top-loader. The reason is that front-loaders get tough stains out faster and use less water and energy than new high-efficiency top-loaders.

However, top-loaders require less maintenance. Continue reading to know more about a top-loader and a front-loader to help you make an informed decision.

Advantages Of Front Loaders

Here are some advantages of front-loaders over top-loaders and some disadvantages.

Better cleaning:

The front-loaders outperform the top-loaders in this area. Front-loaders clean better due to more effective wash motions.

Cleaning is a function of detergents, water, temperature, and washer movement. Cleaning your clothes in a washer with high mechanical movement is preferable when using good detergent and hot water. 

Front-loaders do this better because the tumbling motion uses more energy than the top-loaders twisting motion.

They save water:

Front-loaders use less water than old and newer top-loader models. Front-loaders use roughly 5 gallons less water per cycle or around 2,000 gallons per year than regular high-efficiency top-loaders. That’s about 50 full-sized bathtubs or a mid-sized septic tank.

In front-loaders, the drum rotates and carries the clothing through a tiny pool of water detergent, whereas top-loaders need a deeper pool to keep the garments moist.

They’re energy-efficient:

A front-loader can save you money on hot water and energy costs. Front-loaders use less water than warm- or hot-water cycles so that they won’t drain your heater as much.

Front-loaders remove more water from your clothes than top-loaders, saving you time in the dryer, which is one of the most power-consuming home appliances.

You can stack them:

You can also stack your dryer on top of your washer for additional storage with front-loaders. Match them up, purchase a bracket installation kit, and lift the dryer onto the washer.

Some repairs may need unstacking the machines, and if one goes down before the other, you may need to replace both to get them to stack properly again.

Disadvantages Of The Front Loaders

Loading can be uncomfortable: 

Loading and unloading can be a chore for some persons, particularly those who suffer from back problems. 

To reduce the amount of bending required, you might want to consider putting a front-loader on a custom-built pedestal. Pedestals for front-load washers and dryers are available from every manufacturer, although they can be expensive.

Adding clothes mid-cycle can be daunting: 

Front-loaders make it difficult to add clothing during a wash cycle since the door locks to prevent leakage. However, you can add items in the middle of the wash if your front-loader has a pause button.

Samsung even sells washers with a hatch integrated into the door that serves the same job as any other front-stop loader’s button.

Prone to mold/mildew problems: 

If you use the wrong detergent, use too much detergent, or leave the drum and gaskets damp between uses, mold, and mildew will grow in your washer. Top-loaders have an open-top door that allows moisture to escape easily, preventing mildew odors.

Odor is a common issue that repair experts are called to address, but it is easily preventable.

After each use, clean the door and gasket. Clean your drum with chlorine bleach or Affresh regularly.

Overloading can be risky: 

Bearings enable drum rotation. However, large or imbalanced loads place additional strain on the bearings. In addition, washers are getting bigger, possibly adding to the load on the bearings.

The solution is simple: instead of washing a few big loads, wash many smaller ones. You can occasionally wear mega-loads, but don’t make it a pattern. 

The other option is to use a top-loader. The top-loader bearings are cheaper and easier to replace because they are not under much pressure.

Advantages Of Top Loaders

Top-loaders are much more reliable than front-loaders, and they don’t have the same maintenance issues.

  • Some floor plans require a top-loading washer. For example, if you can’t swing a door open owing to closet space or corridor traffic, a top-loader would be better. 
  • Top-loaders can allow more user errors if you don’t want to worry about maintenance.
  • High-efficiency models clean better than agitator-style versions and use less water and energy.
  • Top-loaders clean well if you don’t mind pretreating stains if your loads are only moderately soiled.

Demerits of Top Loaders

  • Expect lengthier wash cycles and deeper wash tubs than traditional top-loading washers, so some users may struggle to reach the bottom.
  • A front-loader always beats a top-loader at stain removal. The reason is simple: the tumbling wash motion of a front-loader outperforms the twisting wash motion of a top-loader.
  • Top-loaders clean well if you don’t mind pretreating stains if your loads are only moderately soiled.
  • Top-loaders are not always stronger than front-loaders. Therefore, top-loaders need repairs as much as front-loaders.


The Maytag Centennial Washer is a cutting-edge washing machine that produces exceptional results while conserving electricity. 

It can become unresponsive because of power surges, unequal load, or power interruptions.

To reset the washer, unplug it for a minute, and plug it back. Then, with a 12-second gap, lift and lower the lid six times. Repeat for another 30 seconds. Finally, to disrupt the lid’s magnetic connection, elevate the lid at least 2-inches.

Maytag Centennial Washers are either top-loaders or front-loaders. Both options have merits and demerits and are suitable for different users.

Jacob Lindsey

Jacob is a home remodeling guru having worked over 15 years in construction in Reno, NV, mainly focused on home renovations. He likes taking ideas from his clients and making them a reality.

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