Maytag top-loading washers are fused in the reed switch assembly. When the lid is closed after loading laundry and soap, the plastic switch on the lid makes contact with the assembly below. This switch is a safety switch that prevents the washer from operating with the lid open. Some Maytag models of washers don’t fill with water until you close the lid, older models just open the lid, rinse, and don’t spin. Checking the fuse with a multimeter will determine if it needs to be replaced.
Connect the circuit breaker to the washer.
Open the washer lid. Remove the screw holding the top panel of the washer by turning it counterclockwise with a screwdriver. Lift the top straight up and remove it from the washer.
Insert the screwdriver into the screwdriver on the reed switch assembly. The reed switch assembly is a metal box with the area in contact with the cover closed and the washer actuated. Turn the screw counterclockwise to loosen it, then pull it straight out. Repeat this to remove the second screw.
Pull the top of the lid switch assembly straight up. A lid switch fuse appears on the assembly.
Set the multimeter to x1 ohms and turn it on. Test by placing one probe on each end of the fuse. The multimeter should show continuity as the needle moves to the right of the display. If the needle does not move, the fuse is defective and needs to be replaced.