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The washing machine wont agitate?

There are many possibilities for this problem. you will have to check all of them one by one mentioned as follows :--- There is a lid switch in the washer. The washing machine will not start spinning till the lid is closed. In some cases it has been seen that lid is closed still the washer does not agitating. in this cases the lid switch has to be checked. if the lid switch is faulty then the closed lid will not be detected by the washing machine, and it will not start agitate cycle.
But if the lid switch is ok checked, then other possibility can be fault in the motor coupler. Many a times the motor coupler is broken .The motor coupler is plastic/rubber kind of material fitted on the shaft of the motor .Check properly if the motor coupler seems cracked, worn out loose or broken then it needs to be replaced to solve the issue. But if motor coupler is checked ok then other possibility for this problem is the spinning belt. If the belt is worn out or loose or cracked/broken then it needs to replace.
Only for GE washers. In GE model washers, there is a clutch used for proper spin speed. If the clutch wears out, it has to be replaced.But if clutch/belt seems ok. then other possibility is driver motor itself .check if the motor has power if not then the motor is got internally burnt .in this case the drive motor needs to be replaced. but if drive motor is functioning properly then other possibility to be checked for this fault is the transmission shifter and pulley. If the transmission shifter becomes defective, the unit may drain the water but not spin. Replacing the shifter is bit time consuming and tough job. you will require proper tools to deal with this problem.. But if the transmission shifter is properly working then other possibility to check is the Agitator itself.If the transmission is moving properly but the Agitator is getting stuck and not moving properly then its the fault in the agitator assembly that has to be replaced to solve the problem. This will help.Thanks.

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doesn't start the spin cycle


First of all check if the motor is running or not when you turn on the motor. If the motor is not turning on then this problem is due to fault in the motor. But if the motor is getting on and running properly then most probably this problem relates to stuck up or cracked drain pump pulley. It needs to be checked but if the pump pulley is functioning properly then check the drain pump belt. If the drain pump belt is worn out or loose or cracked/broken then it needs to replace. But if the motor is not running then before replacing the motor check the lid switch.There are many possibilities for this problem, but the most common and regular problem seen is as follows:--
There is a lid switch in the washer. The washing machine will not start spinning till the lid is closed. In some cases it has been seen that lid is closed still the washer does not spin. in this cases the lid switch has to be checked. if the lid switch is faulty then the closed lid will not be detected by the washing machine, and it will not start spin cycle.
This will help. please keep updated for any further assistance if more help required.Thanks.

Apr 29, 2010 | Hotpoint Washing Machines

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How do I replace lid switch in a Sears Kenmore 80 series, model 1


The following link explains step-by-step how to replace a lid switch on a Kenmore top loader:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3557193-replacing_a_lid_switch

If you have any questions about this repair, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: Kenmore is manufactured by Whirlpool so these instructions will apply.

Apr 07, 2010 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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dU on display


Okay...it took me a while to find this information and make some sense of it. The "50" indicates a motor stall. That means the RPS sensor (which is located near the main drive motor ) does not sense any movement of the main drive motor under the wash tub. This could be related to your next error code which is the "DU". This is an "Door Unlock" error. You will need to perform the following checks if washer fails to lock (or unlock).

1. Perform Manual: Door Switch and Manual: Door Lid Lock tests.
2. Remove the console to access the machine/motor control assembly. This is accomplished by loosening the three screws in the back of the console. With the screws loosened, the panel lifts from the back first. Use care when handling as there is a small connector that connects to the operator interface board.
3. Locate the machine.motor control board on the right hand side (as viewed from the front of the washer). Visually check that the P12 connector is inserted all the way into the machine/motor
control. (There are three connectors on the right hand side of the control board. They are labeled as follows: BROWN (P10), BLUE (P11), and ORANGE (P12)
If visual check passes, go to step 4. If visual check fails, reconnect P4 and repeat step 1.
4. Check the lid lock motor winding and switches by removing P12 from the machine/
motor control and checking the resistance values shown in the Lid Lock resistance table below:

Motor Winding - Check P12-2 to P12-3 - 26 ohms (Lock Switch locked and unlocked).
Lock Switch Home - Check P12-1 to P12-4 - 0 ohms (Unlocked) Open Circuit (Locked).
Lock Switch Lock - Check P12-1 to P12-7 - Open Circuit (Unlocked) 0 ohms (Locked).
Lock Switch Lid - Check P12-1 to P12-5 - Lid Open (Open Circuit) Lid Closed (0 ohms).
LID LOCK RESISTANCE
If resistance values are good, proceed to step 5. If the switch measurements ae incorrect for unlocked (or locked) conditions, a problem exists in the door lid lock. Replace the door lid lock.
5. If the Manual: Door Switch or Manual: Door Lid Lock in step 1 failed, then the machine/motor control has failed: Unplug washer or disconnect power. Replace machine/motor control assembly.

There should be a tech sheet inside your washer that you can also get this information from. I have referenced these steps from the tech sheet. To access, you can either lift the washer from the front and reach the inside the cabinet from under the washer, or lift the top panel by pushing in on the release tabs. This is accomplished by inserting a putty knife along the seam where the top meets the front about two inched in from each side. Push in while lifting to release the tabs. CAUTION: Make sure you hold on to the washer lid to prevent it from swinging open as you lift the top.

The tech sheet is located on the inside of the front panel of the washer between the wash tub and cabinet interior. I mention this as there are helpful drawings and more detailed explanations to assist you. This can help avoid confusion from me explaining these steps to you. Since you mentioned you had just recently replaced the lid lock, you may double check your work to make sure you have everything reconnected correctly. Barring you purchased a bad part...if the lid lock proves to be good, you may have a defective control board.

I do hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you require further assistance.

Nov 23, 2008 | Kenmore Oasis HE 27082 Top Load Washer

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I am trying to fix the lid switch on my washing machine and can not figure out how to remove the back


If this is a Kenmore, Whirpool, Estate, or Roper top loader the following link explains how to replace a lid switch:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385198-replacing_lid_switch

If this is not one of the above mentioned models, please post your make and model in order to be provided with the answers you need. For future reference: All washing machines are not alike. Posting comments under a generic category usually won't get quick solutions for you. Post as much pertinent information as possible as this helps us assist you. This is meant as constructive advice. I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you still require assistance.

PS If this IS one of the above listed models, you do not access the switch through the back of the washer. The link epxlains.

Sep 03, 2008 | Washing Machines

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