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Whirlpool washer fills, but won't agitate, spin, or drain



 
 
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Old December 28th 05, 02:21 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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My Whirlpool direct drive washer fills with water, but doesn't advance
through the cycles. If I turn the dial to different section of the
cycle, I still can't get it to agitate, spin, or drain. It doesn't make
any noise at all in any of those cycles, but will continue to fill if I
up the desired water level and move the dial to a spot where it would
fill.

Where should I look to troubleshoot this? Is it worth testing the lid
switch? I would think that that doesn't affect agitating, but I'm not
sure.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Old December 28th 05, 03:15 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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The lid switch affects agitation in commercial washers. The few
residential washers I've used only have only the spin disabled when the
lid is open.

Do you have a multimeter? If so, I would: 1) Unplug the washer from
the electrical outlet. 2) Pop the washer top, which usually just
requires prying with a screwdriver at the front. and 3) Test for
continuity of the lid switch when open/closed.

Mike

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The lid switch affects agitation in commercial washers. The few
residential washers I've used only have only the spin disabled when the
lid is open.

Do you have a multimeter? If so, I would: 1) Unplug the washer from
the electrical outlet. 2) Pop the washer top, which usually just
requires prying with a screwdriver at the front. and 3) Test for
continuity of the lid switch when open/closed.

Mike
Don't pop the top on this machine. Whole cabinet comes off in one piece.
Prior to '83 you could pop the top but not since then. However, you
should be able to access the switch wires by removing the plastic end caps,
remove screws holding console to top and flip console up.


Tom. G.


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Tom wrote:
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The lid switch affects agitation in commercial washers. The few
residential washers I've used only have only the spin disabled when the
lid is open.

Do you have a multimeter? If so, I would: 1) Unplug the washer from
the electrical outlet. 2) Pop the washer top, which usually just
requires prying with a screwdriver at the front. and 3) Test for
continuity of the lid switch when open/closed.

Mike
Don't pop the top on this machine. Whole cabinet comes off in one piece.
Prior to '83 you could pop the top but not since then. However, you
should be able to access the switch wires by removing the plastic end caps,
remove screws holding console to top and flip console up.


Tom. G.



I know this washer agitates with the lid open (or it did, when it was
working!). Could the lid switch still be the culprit? Or is it more
likely to be somewhere in the timer?

It doesn't use the motor to drain, right? So it isn't likely to be in
the motor?

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On 27 Dec 2005 17:21:26 -0800, "jehma" wrote:

My Whirlpool direct drive washer fills with water, but doesn't advance
through the cycles. If I turn the dial to different section of the
cycle, I still can't get it to agitate, spin, or drain. It doesn't make
any noise at all in any of those cycles, but will continue to fill if I
up the desired water level and move the dial to a spot where it would
fill.


IF the lid switch is bad, bypass it. If it still doesn't work, or if
the switch was good to begin with:

The three things it won't do all require the motor. Filling doesn't.

I'd check to see the connector is on the motor. check if the motor
is physically hot at all. Maybe something is jammed and won't rotate.
Check if there is 110v at the connnector when the timer is in one of
the three phases it won't do.

You don't have to be under the washer for all these tests, if you
don't want to be.. Get some wires with alligator clips, witth rubber
covers, on each end, and clip several in a row if you need to, adn
the meter to them. Or connect lamp cord to the loose alligator clips.

Lay any exposed metal parts on newspaper, or tape them temorarily,
before turning the power on.

Where should I look to troubleshoot this? Is it worth testing the lid
switch? I would think that that doesn't affect agitating, but I'm not
sure.

Any help would be appreciated!



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On 27 Dec 2005 18:58:24 -0800, "jehma" wrote:



I know this washer agitates with the lid open (or it did, when it was
working!). Could the lid switch still be the culprit? Or is it more
likely to be somewhere in the timer?

It doesn't use the motor to drain, right? So it isn't likely to be in
the motor?


I though you said ;it iddn't drain. Look at your own subject line.

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On Wed, 28 Dec 2005 03:09:28 GMT, JJ wrote:

"jehma" wrote in news:1135732886.677003.162710
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My Whirlpool direct drive washer fills with water, but doesn't advance
through the cycles. If I turn the dial to different section of the
cycle, I still can't get it to agitate, spin, or drain. It doesn't make
any noise at all in any of those cycles, but will continue to fill if I
up the desired water level and move the dial to a spot where it would
fill.

Where should I look to troubleshoot this? Is it worth testing the lid
switch? I would think that that doesn't affect agitating, but I'm not
sure.

Any help would be appreciated!


How old is the machine? It sounds like the transmission is shot. If it is,
it's time for a new washer.


He said it was direct drive. I don't have that. Does it still have a
transmission?

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the samurai has great free advice [and reasonable parts] at:

http://fixitnow.com/wp/category/washer-repair/

http://www.repairclinic.com/0047_11.asp

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Old December 28th 05, 11:33 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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I know what the machine is doing. I didn't know if it uses the motor to
drain or not.

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Old January 2nd 06, 09:40 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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I would look to see if there is a little pile of rubber grindings under the
washer. If so, the direct drive coupler has disintegrated. I don't believe
that I could hear the motor running on mine when it went out.

Steve

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