Maytag Bravos XL washer reset instructions

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Find out how to perform Maytag Bravos XL washer reset as you try to troubleshoot it in this troubleshooting guide..

A useful procedure to try when your Maytag Bravos XL washer starts to act up is reset it- the fact is, performing a reset on the washer can eliminate a good number of problems and save you money and time (having a technician look at it can be quite expensive).

So, below is how to perform Maytag Bravos XL washer reset as you try to troubleshoot it– and it is advisable to always begin your troubleshooting by resetting these types of washers:

Maytag Bravos XL washer reset instructions (Step-by-step and useful tips)

Basic reset procedure

  • Unplug the washer (or disconnect power).
  • Wait 3-5 minutes
  • Plug it back in (return its power) and try to see if it will now work.

Alternative reset procedure (If the above process does not work)

Here is another way to perform Maytag Bravos XL washer reset (this actually recalibrates it and it can resolve most poor wash performance issues that occur after replacing critical components like main control, drive assembly, basket, suspension, motor, capacitor, and more)..


Before you begin:

  • Empty the drum- it is important to ensure there are no clothing items or water in your washing machine drum.
  • Make sure the lid is properly closed.
  • Be sure the machine is in stand-by mode(plugged in but with all indicators/LEDs off).

Maytag Bravos XL washer calibration/ “Reset” (step by step)

  1. Turn the washer’s Cycle Selector knob counter-clockwise or left once (all-the-way around).
  2. Now rotate the knob clockwise(right) – you should go 3 clicks clockwise(count 1…2…3 as you rotate the dial clockwise).
  3. Next, go one click up(simply rotate the Cycle Selector knob once counter-clockwise/left).
  4. Now go one more click down (just turn the same knob right/clockwise one time).
  5. What you’ll need to do now is keep clicking/turning it – keep going clockwise/right – until you notice all the LEDs blinking on/off.
  6. Still, don’t stop–continue clicking it (one click/turn at a time)- until the Rinse only option lights up.
  7. If it has lightened up, you should now hit/press the Start

Your washer should immediately begin to recalibrate (you will notice the LED lights blink across various wash options once it has started- the entire row of LEDs will begin to blink).

All that remains now is playing the waiting game-it should typically finish in about 2-4 minutes (Recalibration Cycle finishes when the lid unlocks and the washer enters stand-by mode).


Alternative reset procedure 2 (this works for some Maytag Bravos XL washer  series models)

  1. Rotate the dial(Cycle Selector knob) till it is at 12 Oclock position(turn dial 1 counter-clockwise -or right- full turn until you’re back to 12)
  2. You then rotate the dial three(3) turns clockwise(right).
  3. Next, rotate the dial one(1) turn counter-clockwise(left) followed by one(1) turn clockwise (right).
  4. LEDs will now light up. Once they do so, rotate the dial four(4) turns clockwise(right). This will make some options begin to light up. Wait until the Rinse Option lights up.
  5. Again, as soon as the rinse LED has lightened up, hit/press the Start button once.

That’s it- this is what resets the washer in some instances(it clears any saved sequence).

Don’t forget that the calibration cycle should be complete in about 4 minutes(maximum) and the lid will unlock and your washer will go into stand-by mode when it ends.

Important tips

  • Do NOT interrupt the calibration cycle, disturb the washer, or even disconnect power (to the washer) otherwise you must repeat the calibration cycle.
  • If calibration cycle is run on washers featuring a porcelain basket, expect it to take longer to finish the cycle- the time necessary is usually longer here.
  • Before you run calibration, be sure to check the washer’s drive system to confirm if the cam -on the splutch- is indeed moving freely (and not binding).


Issues that are typically resolved by resetting a Maytag Bravos XL washer

Here are the faults that are routinely fixed by resetting a Maytag Bravos XL washer:

  • Maytag Bravos XL washer fault codes- Try resetting your Maytag Bravos XL washer if it is displaying a weird error code.
  • Lid lock button ‘refuses’ to open -bear in mind that at times you might need to change out the washer’s lock switch to permanently repair the issue.
  • The washer begins to beep and LEDs start to flash continuously (for quite a while) and then restarts again, especially after a terrible storm(when there has been excessive lightning and power had gone out).
  • The machine won’t agitate but only spins (sometimes).
  • You are having persistent spinning challenges (it is just spinning and spinning).
  • You are having issues after replacing the control board.
  • Your machine won’t operate after leaving it unplugged for a few days (it just won’t work at all though power is successfully coming on)


Wrapping it up

When the “usual” reset procedure of unplugging the washer and then plugging it back in won’t work, the next thing you should try it is calibrating it.

This is especially helpful if you start experiencing challenges with your washer after replacing these parts: Main Control, Drive Assembly, Suspension, Basket, Motor, and Capacitor.

Give it a shot and see how it goes- it could help you get rid of a significant number of problems in your washer.

Good luck.


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