Question about Washing Machines
Apparently my Frigidaire glws149as1 Top-load washer, was overloaded probably way more then once and now the agitator will spin very slowly with cloths in it and make a horrid squealing noise. It is also leaking internally maybe a seal has become lose or something.What would be broken? And how does this type of machine open? So i can try to find the problem and fix it. Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated. I really can't afford to go buy a new machine right now. This machine is about 5 years old.
Sounds like the bearings have failed and is steadily chewing the housing out.
To open it (assuming you disconnected everything), take the screws out of the back of the 'head' and TAKE A PICTURE OF WHERE THE WIRES PLUG IN.
Then unplug them and put the head and top cover aside and just keep going in that fashion.
Eventually you'll have the agitator and bowl out and be able to see where the seal and bearing housing is.
HOWEVER .... if it's already leaking then I suggest to take the less painful way out and buy a cheap 2nd hand one.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sounds like u may have broken the coupler gear between the motor and transmission... the replaced the belt with these gears on this model... But should go fill & pumb water out and NOT spin Or agitate... IF these gears or broke or stripped... heavy loads like u said would do this... recheck and see if wash will pumb water out But will NOT agitate or spin.. IF so the above is your problem and is Not to hard to repair or much money
Below is a pic with the motor remove the white piece in the middle is 1/2 of the gear system with a rubber piece in the middle (not there) and another like gear on the motor
sounds like these gears may be broken or stripped on your washer
Posted on Oct 27, 2007
SOURCE: Washer does not spin
My washer has been repaired. The control board was bad & the new one fixed the problem. They also replaced the sensor on the bottom of the washer while they had it apart since he had an extra one on his truck. Fortunately, even though the machine was 1 month out of warranty, Whirlpool agreed to cover the parts and labor.
Posted on Jan 09, 2008
If you begin dissassembly from the tub down, you wil come to the transmission with the spindle sticking out of it. If you undo the bendable tabs all around the transmission it comes apart in two halves. Careful, its full of oil. The spindle has a plastic gear bolted to the bottom of it. It meshes with other gears in the tranny. It has sheered teath and is making the noise.
Posted on Feb 11, 2008
The problem is your lid switch. This is a common problem with this model washer, and a very simple & inexpensive problem to fix. Click on the following link for advice on how to replace:
You can find a replacment switch at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your model number and look under the "Cabinet Parts" heading on the next page. I believe thats the heading the part is listed under. Sears has excellent part locator drawings to assist you in identifying the part. Once you have the part number identified, you can do some comparative shopping at other online websites too. Use the part number that Sears provides, however. A new switch usually runs about $25 to $35. In addition, make sure you check the lid strike. This is a small plastic piece on the lid that is used to activate the lid switch through a small slot. If the lid strike is broken off, it will give the same symptoms of a defective lid switch. I hope this information helps you. Please post back if you have any questions.
Posted on Aug 04, 2008
You have a problem with the motor coupling. Top-load washers use what's called a direct-drive system, meaning it does not use a belt but what's called a "motor coupling". I probably replace 5 a week because these little guys break because of 2 reasons that i've found.
1) The break mechanism is too dry and causing the basket to stop at a holt, which puts a lot of strain on the coupler.
2) They break because of over-loading. I don't think you're over-loading though because it was find for 5 straight years.
Good luck to you. The repair is kind of hard to do on your own for the first time, so I would call an authorized technician. It will run you anywhere between $90 to $120 at most.
Best of luck!
Posted on Jul 16, 2009
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