GE Washer does not reach full spin speed...stops abruptly
I have a GE model WWSE3160AOWW washer machine which I bought in 2000. Recently we noticed that our clothes were coming out extremely wet. The spin cycle appears to start normally (water pump is running and tub begins to spin). At first it looks like the spin cycle is normal and when it should go to the faster speed, the spin stops abruptly, however the pump continues to run. Not sure if this is a problem with the motor itself, the clutch or the transmission. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: GE Washer does not reach full spin speed...stops...
HI thanks for your question. the G E washer has to get rid of all the water before it starts to spin. check to see if you have a good water flow on pump out. if not clean the pump . thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer. thanks
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This could be partly the clutch/break assy. You need to be able to run this with the lid open in the spin position. Activte the lid switch with a pencil or something. Reach in and hold the spin basket and then turn the washer on in spin. Hold this basket for 1-2 minutes then release it and let it reach full speed then stop the washer by turning the timer off or releasing the lid switch. See if the hard breaking/noise is better. Keep doing this untill it comes to a smooth stop and the noise is gone at the stop. Not sure this will cure the noise in the spin starting up problem or not, but start here. the clutch gets rust on the pads and this burnishes the break pads, removing this rust that makes it grab.
It will not spin while washing, it's more of a rocking back and forth. As far as the spin cycle. If it's not reaching full speed I bet you'll notice that it's not doing the full cycle because the load is bouncing around and cause the washer to shut off. take some of the clothes out and watch it spin the water out.
The washer will not proceed into high speed spin with just two large beach towels in the basket. The washer is detecting a out of balance condition, and remains in low speed spin. Solution? Try adding more items into the basket. With only two towels, there is not enough mass to balance the washer. With more clothing or towels, there is more items for the machine to balance, and reach full speed spin.
The only other thing that could cause this, would be if the water in the tub is not completely draining in the time allowed. This washe does not have a cleanout, and checking for an obtruction in the pump is difficult. I would go with the more clothes first, then see.
Could be a bad clutch or transmission. I would either call a tech or get a new washer (these newer GE models don't seem to be very reliable, go for a Whirlpool/Kenmore model next time).
Here are breakdown diagrams for your washer: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=230151
Hope this helps,