Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult
Time to do repair1- 2 hours
Age of Appliance1 - 4 years
The door latch handle on the Maytag is very cheap and it broke, but you can't simply buy the handle to replace it, you have to buy the entire "latch assembly" which is about 4x the cost. There is a reason for this, the handle uses a metal bar to attach to the latch assembly and it is much better than the original all plastic part that broke. The handle also comes pre attached to the latch assembly. I also purchased a new control panel because the back (inside) of the control panel has two plastic clips that the back of the latch assembly clips into. The original plastic clips on my original control panel broke, therefore I had to replace it. Since the latch assembly both screws into the door as well as snaps into the back of the control panel I probably could have gotten away without spending the $50 to replace the control panel...the 2 screws seem like they are sufficient enough to hold down the latch assembly. The only problem I had with this entire job, which is super easy by the way was plugging in the control panel to the white control board. That's what took me so long, and I only found out the solution by reading the feedback on this site!!!
So listen closely in case you run into the same problem: The control panel plugs into the white control box by way of a flat plastic electrical strip. It plugs into a square receptical in the control box. The top of the square receptical actually slides from front to back. You pull back on the square slider to loosen it up and allow the old flat plastic electrical strip to come out. Plug in the new one, then slide the plastic square forward to tighten it up. Without tighening up the slider, the control panel will not function properly. This was my problem for a couple hours until I read this site to find the solution. I hope this helps out other people! Good luck, it's a really easy fix!