Question about GE WSXH208A Front Load Washer

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GE front load washer (clothes)

Washer fills, washes but won't spin. washes back and forth just no fast spin. Since it does not spin , won't drain either.

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  • Anonymous Nov 09, 2007

    I have a similar problem. The spin cycle starts off loud and ends loud, sometimes banging from side to side. I've leveled the load, and this only helps slightly.

    I've looked at the panel at the bottom of the machine and cannot tell how to get it off (what type of screws/nuts are those?) Help! How much harder can GE make this?

  • Carol Fenton Nov 09, 2007

    My machine is only 2 months old and started with limited load issues and now it is probably 2 out of 3.

    It can be everything from a chirping to a banging noise, and occasionally the whole machine walks.

    I do try to level the load if I am nearby.

    Also - I will try to check to filter everyone is talking about, but how do you get the front panel off? What are those screws/nuts on the front? How hard does GE have to make this?

  • mom of 7 Nov 13, 2007

    the front loader will not spin. It washes and fills. The only way I can get water out is to lower the drain hose. What can I do? Laura

  • butch_davis Nov 18, 2007

    Washes but does not drain and the water stays in it now, keep lowering the load amount and it still does it clothes are soaking wet and the washer locks itself. Is there a way to go right to a drain step ?

    I hate this washer , have nothing but trouble since we purchased it

    Butch

  • RandLong Nov 18, 2007

    We cleaned out the hoses and pulled a guitar pick out of the pump. We put it back together and it still will not spin. Please help us. Thank you Front Loader GE WSXH@08V1

  • butch_davis Nov 26, 2007

    Took the panel off of the front easy enough and saw the filter and realized it was full of water. Got a gumbo pot and drained the water out and decided to take the whole filter out. When I did I found 1.76 in change a sock a handful of lint and some gravel ! Put it back together and it still would not drain. took it back aprt and this time removed the pump and took it apart and found a coke can tab wedged between the impeller and the pump housing. Removed it and put it back together and it worked fine .



    Butch

  • Graced Nov 30, 2007

    Washer does not consistenly spin out water from clothes ... sometimes the spin cycle doesn't include a fast spin so the clothes are sopping wet when done. Some washes go fine and other times I have to redo the spin cycle 2, 3, or 4 times to get the water out of the clothes.

  • Graced Dec 03, 2007

    Here's an update to my washer problem after spending the weekend monitoring the cycles. Sometimes there is NO fast spin, sometimes there is. I had one wash that I redid the spin cycle four times and still couldn't get the fast spin so I had to spin it out at my friend's house upstairs. But I did three washes after that which worked fine. I know it sounds like a balancing issue but there is no rhyme or reason ... sometimes this happens with full, heavy loads; regular loads; or small, light loads. I really can't see how the wash is unbalanced. I've seen may responses about the drain hose being clogged but I don't think this affects the spin cycle speed, does it?

  • pghguyhere Dec 15, 2007

    Thanks to this website and you contributers, I was able to fix this problem on my own. What an easy fix. 9/32 ratchet set to take off the front cover with 3 screws. Make sure you have a bucket underneath to catch the water thats going to come out. We have ours on a pedastool so the bucket fits in the pullout drawer. We had 2 bra pads that were blocking up the filter. For those that haven't seen it, its a water filter similar to what you would find on a refrigerator.

  • mommyc3 Dec 17, 2007

    I had the same problem wouldn't spin so it wouldn't drain. Had a ton of water in the barrel. So I took of the bottom cover and opened the drain. It had a bunch of paper and lint and 2 screws (from my husbands pockets) I have it restarted again and it seems to be working now. I am so excited I was able to fix it myself. We have only had about 2 months and my husband was thinking of taking it back. But if it is that simple to fix everyonce and a while I am not going to worry about it. I have 3 kids so there is always junk in their pockets. Now I know where to find it. I like the machine otherwise and we got a good deal on them being a floor model. So I hope it stays in the family.

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2007

    Thanks, this site has helped me out. I have a GE front loader that would not drain or go into spin cycle. After reading some of the reposes on this site I took the front, lower panel off my machine. There was no filter so I removed the pump (water everywhere) and found a bobby pin wedged into the impeller. I removed the pin and now the machine works fine. Also there is a rubber boot between the tub and the pump, the boot has a sump, I cleaned out the sump and found a couple of bucks in change, a golf tee and another bobby pin.

  • Nan5555 Dec 30, 2007

    This GE frontload washer has been a pain since we got it about 2 years ago. As the other writer said, the spin cycle sounds like there are helicopters in the kitchen. You can't talk on the phone and do the laundry at the same time. And if the load is not completely stuffed full, the clothes come out sopping wet, so you can't do less than a full load. 
    I took the 3 screws off to find the filter full of junk, so thanks for that advice. It is very frustrating that the manual has no advice on this, and that service calls were no help either. 


    But the weirdest thing is that when I removed the panel to find the filter, there was a huge curved cement chunk (like more than a foot long!) lying there. It must have broken off of whatever holds the drum in place as it spins. 

  • tezzie Jan 09, 2008

    Thanks VERY much. You guys are the best with all the tips about where to find the screws, the gushing water, etc. You saved us a bunch of money after just one Internet search.



    And 2 golf tees, 1 baby sock, 1 hair clip, 4 rubber toy lizards (blue, green, orange, and red), a baby comb, and 26 cents.



    (and a partridge in a pear tree).

  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2008

    My GE front loader washer wouldn't spin or drain properly. Thanks for the suggestions - removing the bottom cover and cleaning out the filter. The sad thing is no appliance stores in Canada are authorized or trained to fix this problem, so you have to contact GE and wait until they get around to coming by.

  • Handie Man Feb 10, 2008

    PROBLEM SOLVED.. Will not spin and only trickles-out waste water... I removed the front panel.. ( front panel is the panel under the washer door. You will find three screw under the panel near the floor (or if you have a podium open the drawer) the screws are placed in a row far apart from on another.. one on each end and one right in the center of the machine .... Once you unscrewed the panel slides down (had to tug on it a bit) and you will see a black plastic circle with a handle molded into it. This is the filter. Turn it to the left and the filter slides out (mine was STUFFED with lint, coins, a couple of srews and an emeryboard).. Clean it, Screw it tightly back in and that should solve your problem... at least it did mine. My washer started working like new again and Im very pleased. Thank you all for your suggestion.. couldn't of done it without you..

    Thank you,

    George

  • osi39 Feb 18, 2008

    PROBLEM FIXED! Ridiculous that this simple solution is not listed in the manual as a troubleshooting tip. Found 3 socks, tons of coins, earrings, tweezers, bracelet, 2 lockets, and the most God awful smell you could imagine. I am sick to think I have been wearing the clothes that have been washed in this water (it has not completely drained in days)! Thanks again!!!

  • Bemis Feb 19, 2008

    Holy Cow! I can't believe it, there was so much crap backed up in the pipes! To fix the problem of slow draining or no draining, you'll need pliars and a screw driver. That's all!

    I took the front of the washer off (the 3 screws came right out) then slowly unscrewed the plug (about 1 gallon of water came out, use something to collect the water!). In the plug was the big mess of crap that was stopping up the machine! Next-take the black pipe off and you'll find more!!! Now it's working perfectly and I saved $200.00.

  • SUZO Mar 18, 2008

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you....when the washer repair person came to the house to remove the packing material in my machine, he stated it was a great machine, just remember to clean the filter...Now who remembers to clean the filter until disaster strikes...I washed a throw rug which lost it's backing in my machine...and the machine stopped spinner out the water....Thinking back I thought of the filter....Thanks to your web site, I was able to locate the filter, clean it and put it back in fifteen minutes....NO BIG DEAL? I live in Alaska....and we have to be self sufficient...so 95 cents, six hair barrettes, three hair bands, some plastic piece and a lot of rug backing...later, the machine works like new....THANKS

  • wensull22 Mar 20, 2008

    My washer fills and pauses during wash cycle. Water will not drain and will not spin during wash cycle, pauses

  • ehindes Mar 29, 2008

    Hi I cleaned the drain but it still will not drain. How do I check the pump?

  • brownt Apr 04, 2008

    Water won't drain...stopped mid cycle...water everywhere...Help!

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2008

    clothes left soaking wet

  • BIGRALF Apr 16, 2008

    GE FRONT LOAD WASHER (WBVH6240H) NOT SURE IF WASHES, NO SPIN OR DRAIN. CLEANED FILTER ON LOWER FRONT OF WASHER FOUND CHANGE, HAIR TIES, AND LINT AFTER REMOVING THE 3 SCREWS. NOT SURE WAHT TO ELSE TO DO BEFORE CALLING GE SERVICE FOR THE 4 TIME FOR ABOUT 2YEARS SINCE HAD THE WASHER.

  • Susan Martis
    Susan Martis Apr 20, 2008

    i have same problem no spin. turn on, washes but no spin and no drain?

    SOS HELP!!!!!!!

    Susan

  • Fira111 Apr 27, 2008

    BRAND NEW 1 week old GE front loader washer(SILVER) Service out 3x already. Machine on first load of normal wash took 2 1/2 HOURS to run a 58 minute cycle. The machine 3 out of 4 times doubles the wash cycle in time(the "speed" cycle takes @75 minutes to run) . GE has informed me that this is "NORMAL" for their wonderful energy star washer to keep using more water and adding time to the wash cycle. They won't replace it because it hasn't been said it's "UNFIXABLE" . I'm trying to deal with ABC warehouse to get it replaced but after reading all these complaints, even though I thought I researched these well, now I think I made the wrong decision. The people at GE are treating me like a stupid and a criminal. Any Advice? ABC Warehouse states I can't just returnthem even though it's only a week old and my new washer has all these problems( Also I had to unplug it so it could reset itself twice because it wouldn't turn on and when it does complete a load in Normal time , clothes left soaking wet) HELLLLPPPPPP!!!!!!!!

  • greekmom May 20, 2008

    My washer wont spin out, had the same problem a few months back and the repairman told me how much was built up in the lint trap. I am trying to do this myself this time to save money and not wait a week for service. I got the front bottom panel off and am not sure where the pump is, lower right? What does it look like and how exactly does it come off? Any detailed answers would be appreciated. Thank you!

  • grshe Jun 01, 2008

    Washer seems to not change cycles even though the knob is progressing through cycles. Water does not drain but continues to slosh/wash clothes at same slow speed. Thinking that maybe the contacts may be corroded but cannot determine how to open the top.

  • Anonymous Jun 04, 2008

    I have had same problem, but I followed the directions on this website and about 2 times a year I take off the front panel and clean the trap and it runs great. I have even taught my hubby how to do it so I don't have to anymore. Otherwise it runs great, I just wish GE would have mentioned it in their owners manual under trouble shooting.

  • Anonymous Jun 06, 2008

    Same issue here. Washer would take a long time to run through the cycle, would not drain, and got to a point where it would not finish the cycle at all. Came on line, found this thread, removed the three screws on the bottom panel of the washer and pulled out the filter. A LOT of stuff came out it (coins, hairbands, a 2 inch bolt, lint, a sock, ...) Put it back together and the machine runs great.



    Thanks.

  • diane680 Jun 06, 2008

    Wow, I cannot understand why there has not been a recall on this washer. I, too, have the same problem. Took the panel off (thank you all so much), found all the junk (remember the old washers with a LINT FILTER?), got all happy, happy, but, short lived. Still will not drain or spin. I am afraid it is the pump, but I AM NOT AFRAID to take care of that, either!!



    Is there anyone with legal experience to present a case against GE??



    Thanks. . . Diane

  • cinjim Jun 19, 2008

    Same problem - same solution. A phillips head screwdriver easily removed 3 screws from the very bottom of the lower front panel and resulted in easy access to the filter. I was ready with towels and a pan but still ended up with an overflow of stinky water before clearing a bunch of mushy fiber, hairclips, bottle caps, and various objects from the filter. Thanks to all for your advice and photos. It was easy and saved $$ and time.

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    Hello Everyone,
    Same problem so simple to fix. I found $4.88 in change thanks so much you saved us a large service call. Funny the manual talks nothing about this clean out? Only four little screws.


  • Anonymous Jul 13, 2008

    Worked for me! Thanks everyone!

    It is sad that GE doesn't address this issue anywhere--all they say is "Call a tech" then the tech comes out 3 diff times, never saying a word, and says " we will replace it" --New Washer , 6 months later SAME Thing. thankfully I found y'all!


  • Anonymous Aug 13, 2008

    The Solutions found here proved fantastic results and saved me a ton of money! We are NEVER buying GE products again, our microwave is also GE and it too is conked out.

    Our font loader washer was just bought about a 1 1/2 years ago only, so you can imagine how angry I was when it suddenly did not drain, but the biggest problem was it did not spin. NO WHERE in the manuel do they mention a the 3 screws that are easy to remove on the very bottom of front panel, and then you will find the filter which I twisted out, as gallons of dirty water came out, out came $2.00 worth in change, a small wrench, screws, lint, bottle caps etc. once cleaned out the machine worked beautifully again! Thank goodness I found you guys! Thanks again and GE will never get my business ever, it is a shame, they used to be a great American product like the Chevy but not anymore.......

  • Sybil L Aug 25, 2008

    Please let me know where these screws are located so that I fix my problem. Also, has anyone complained about clothes not smelling good and having to rewash several times? Please advise

  • shannonnatal Sep 04, 2008

    I have a GE WHDVH660HWW front load washer with a major problem. This unit has't been spinning correctly since I bought it. It will not spin fast and now not at all. Would not spin fast when wash is to wet i.e Towels, Blankets. Changed cycles and now it will not work at all. Turns on, but seems like it goes into a power overload and turns off....Help

  • keen2begreen Sep 04, 2008

    Yeah for this website and all those who posted help info!! Boo to GE for not providing this simple maintenance fact that could save its customers hundreds of dollars and unnecessary inconvenience. All your info was a great help! I found the 3 screws and the gallons of dirty water (someone warned about it so I was ready). I found a pencil, a couple of screws, and some candy wrappers. She's up and running again.

  • tim2261 Sep 12, 2008

    Same problem with 13 month old dryer, I have cleaned the trap and put it back together - it still won't cycle and drain. Does anyone know an easy way to get at the pump?

  • kw402 Sep 23, 2008

    I too have a front load GE washer that won't spin out except when it feels like it. I've taken off the front panel and see all the tubing and motors.  I'm not seeing the 3 screws everyone referes to, nor the filter.  Can you be more descriptive. I'm afraid to just start unscrewing all the screws i see.  Also, there are "clamps" holding some of the black tubes at the connection points - is that part of the filter system?   Help.

  • kw402 Sep 25, 2008

    i unscrewed the black rubber 'accordian' tube and couldn't locate a filter. 


    Also, I see that there are solutions offered to my problem, but can't find how to view them.  All I see are everyones comments about how great the solutions are.  The instruction says go to "my problems" but there isn't any such listing on my profile. Can you help me figure out the site?  I'm sure it's simple - i feel like an idiot! :)

  • Anonymous Oct 06, 2008

    Same problem, takes forever to do a load of laundry.

  • sam45 Oct 22, 2008

    Washer stops running about every five minutes It does not spin nor drain

  • Anonymous Oct 28, 2008

    I have the same problem with a GE top lad washer - it won't spin. How do I get to the filter?

  • bidayuh Oct 30, 2008

    I have this problem with a 4 month old WCVH6800 frontloader. It has a front access panel to clean the lint filter which I have checked and it is clean. It gets to the final 20 minutes and will stop spinning and the timer will reset, i.e. 7 minutes remaining on final spin it will stop spinning and the timer will go back to 11 minutes, 17 minutes remaining - stop and timer goes back to 21 minutes. Takes forever to complete a cycle.

    This usually only occurs on 1/2 loads or less. Have attempted to stop cycle and change it to spin/drain to no avail. Any ideas on this model?

    This is my 2nd frontloader, other was a Maytag Neptune never had any such problems with it. Had I known this problem existed I never would have laid down a grand for this thing.


  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    Had the same problem. Washer wouldn't finish the cycle. Googled the problem and it led me here. What an easy fix. I can't believe that there is no mention of this in the manual. Found $5.80 in change along with various hair ties and clips. Thanks for your help!!!!!

  • Julie Barthol
    Julie Barthol Dec 04, 2008

    My washer won't spin fast, lots of times just rocks back and forth leaving my clothes soaked

  • Anonymous Dec 12, 2008

    MY 2-year old GE Front load washer was pausing in-between cycle steps (like from wash to rinse and rinse to spin) for about 15 minutes each step, then the start button would flash requiring me to press it. When finished, the clothes would usually be soapy and soaked. With this site, I knew what to try -- and it worked! My husbandI took the front panel off under the door and turned a white knob and pulled out this tray that was stuffed with hair, $1.57 in coins, a crayon, and a lighter! As there is nothing about this in the manual -- thank you for saving me money!!!

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    Washer will wash clothes and drain, but will not do the fast spin in order to dry the clotehs enough for the dryer.

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    I have the same problem with my GE Adora front loading washer. It puts itself on pause so I have to push the pause button and then it restarts but never gets to the spin cycle. Help please.

  • momgoingcraz Jan 05, 2009

    I have the same problem with my GE Adora front loading washer. THank you so much for the advice to remove the front panel under the door. I've removed the three screws, but can't get the panel off. Don't mean to seem like an idiot, but I've pulled, pushed and pried. Can you please tell me how to get the front bottom panel off? Thank you so much. I have a week's worth of laundry for three kids that needs to get done and GE won't come for a week. Again, thanks.

  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

    I too had the same problem. I also sent letters and emails to GE for failing to disclose this simple little Drain. They got me for a service call fee as well. Less than a year later the control board went out. That was three weeks ago. This machine just stopped working again. The water fills and the drum spins twice and then the machine unlocks and just sits there. I have cleaned everything in addition to using a Wet Dry Vac on the hoses to make sure there was no blockage. When you hit th epower button the water does drain. I work for one of the largest home builders in the US and I get GE products up 20% to 50% off retail. I will NEVER buy a GE product again. I have spent the money I saved with my employee discount getting this fixed after the $231 control board and the drain clean out service call which was $85. It is no wonder why these companies are almost out of business. Take care of your customers and you wont have to worry about getting a government bailout. Im ready to throw this Washer on the side of the road. DO NOT BUY A GE PRODUCT>

  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

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  • Anonymous Feb 01, 2009

    Hi folks. We have had the same problem with the water not spinning out. Once I had a problem where the cycle stopped before complete. I had to reset the computer on the front, like rebooting the board. Hit & hold both the start & power button together for about 4 seconds. This resets the washer. Also, cleaning the filter that GE does not tell you about, helps.... The reason GE will not tell you ahead of time about the filter & lint issue... is how else are they going to make sure their employees have job security... Remember... someone has to pay their Service guys... and it is you... Thanks, Susan in Aragon, GA (Front Load with Hydro-Heater)

  • Susan30104 Feb 01, 2009

    Hi folks. We have had the same problem with the water not spinning out. Once I had a problem where the cycle stopped before complete. I had to reset the computer on the front, like rebooting the board. Hit & hold both the start & power button together for about 4 seconds. This resets the washer. Also, cleaning the filter that GE does not tell you about, helps.... The reason GE will not tell you ahead of time about the filter & lint issue... is how else are they going to make sure their employees have job security... Remember... someone has to pay their Service guys... and it is you... Susan from Aragon, GA (Front Loader with Hydro-Heater)...

  • cshiv Feb 05, 2009

    Hi! I have "inherited" a GE washer model wbsr3140. My clothes come out completely wet and I cannot find the filter.... Does anyone knows where it is?

    I have read the manual which by the way is for the following models also:

    wcsr4170

    wjsr4160

    whdrr418

    whdsr315

    whdsr417

    wjrr4170

    wserr417

    but again, I cannot find the screws or the filter. Any help will be much appreciated.



    Desparate clueless GE hater......



    Thank you!!

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    My GE frontload spacesaver washer would agitate but when it came time for it to spin and drain, it wouldn't. We pulled the drain on the bottom and sure enough, it was clogged bad. 73 cents, hairpins and wads of hair later, we fixed it!

  • larra Ryan Apr 14, 2009

    Yes, I too have this problem.  It happened before the warranty ran out so I bought an extended and have the service man come every 3 months when the drain begins to be affected to clean it out.  It also does not (at any time) spin the water out of  heavier things like small mats or heavier towels, or small loads like 2 sweaters.  I won't be doing business again with a company that is as sneaky and underhanded as GE has been in not mentioning the drain.  I may take them to small claims court, since my 12 year old Kenmore (which I sadly replaced with this poorly designed machine) needed no filter cleaned out and washed and drained every item I put into it.  Has anyone found out  how to spin out small loads, by the way?

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    11 cents for us and missed Thursday night tv. GE, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Putting a maintenance item behind a service panel?? Not mentioning "all you have to do is unscrew the front panel and purge the tubing to remove any caught debris every few months." I will be spreading the word thru my gossipy playgroup circles...I'm afraid this oversight will cost you as you all know how girls are able to spread the word across the continents. What a pain. And I still don't know how to fix the smelly mildew scent that seems to never go away. Tried the vinegar cycle, then my clothes all smelled like vinegar. I have a dryer that we bought 15 years ago for $100. A scratch and dent that turns on and off. Works like a champ.

  • hoodssweetie
    hoodssweetie Nov 12, 2012

    SWatm, thank you Mrs., thank you so very much. We did what your post said and cleaned out the drain and it is working like a charm. Thank you so much from saving us from taking the entire front panel off. God Bless You. You are a Angel sent from heaven. You saved us soooooooooooooooo much money. Love you and don't even know you. Thank You Jesus. Sincerely, hoodssweetie

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    GTF1040CS0 Gibson front loader washes good, drains good, but does not do final spin

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Washes OK, pumps out the water but no spin

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    ge front load washer hums wont drain

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    My front load Electrolux washer is not spinning or draining completely.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    My Electrolux front load washer does not spin and drain

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    washes clothes not draining or spinning

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    the machine fills with water but won't continue to wash clothes. The clothes are just standing in water

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Washes clothes won't spin

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THANK YOU. for those of you with a screw driver, here are the photos on how to.

It takes a philips screw driver and 20 minutes. The white screws may not align perfectly but don't worry, just get them to go back in the hole(no harm done).

I'm going to admit it was my wife that found this fix, so now I give the step by step photos.

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Unscrew the lint trap (turn to the left)return when clean to hand tight
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Bob's your uncle and a freebee for CMKX'rs.

Hub and wife team.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008

  • romiestwins Sep 27, 2010

    hubandwifet, I can see the images ;0( if anyone can help please LMK x0x0x0x0x Mom of twins xxoo

  • davistel Jan 02, 2011

    This post is 3 years old and still the most helpful i've ever come across. Nothing says it like pics and that's all it took...found a ton of change,,,even a 50 cent piece...screws and a very disassembeld pen. Thanks a million.

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Yesssssssssss, thanks for saving me $$$$$$ and make my pocket feel heavy again. The rubber area in my wssh300gww GE washer full of coins, strings, sand and even one baby sock. The problem started when the machine would NOT spin. Once the cycle reached spin all the green lights flash and it beeped. The water would not drain and the spin cycle will not engage. I opened the bottom panel (2 screws at the bottom left and right, then removed main rubber connector to the cylinder ans saw the sock stuck in the plastic container inside, making water not drain! You guys rock! thanks again, and btw. inside, I had found a hidden "service man" code book. So I did all the test that was listed there and the test failed on the drainage part.

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We have a GE front loading washing machine Canadian Model WCXH208H1WW which, I think, is the same or similar to the US model WSXH208A. Lately it won't complete the spin cycle leaving the clothes wet. I couldn't find any specific instructions, so I created a step-by-step how-to. Check: GE WSXH208/WCXH208 won't drain or spin (http://www.alfredpratt.com/tiki-index.php?page=GE+WSXH208+WCXH208+won%27t+drain+or+spin)

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Same thing happend here. I read all the suggestions. I own the GE wssh300g, had it about a year of course it won't spin or drain 1 week after the warranty. I removed the front cover. There is no obvious filter on this model. You need to remove the flexible rubber boot. Beware once you remove the 3 clamps water will go everyware, so I used a wet-dry vac while removing the clamps (NO MESS). There is a plastic filter inside the boot. It was filled with lint, coins, and a sock. I think this needs to be cleaned every 2 or 3 months. Thank God there was no damage to the pump everything works great. This is my favorite new web site

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Wow! A had almost $2 in change plus screws, hair pins and lots of gunk. The scary thing is that I also found a white piece of cylinder like tubing....say a dime in diameter that has broken off and was just laying there. Not sure if this will ultimately affect the peformance so I guess I'm going to break down and call the maintenance men since I have an extended warranty. I let you know in 2-3 months and or whenever they finally come and attempt to tell me the issue with the "mystery piece".

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We had the exact same problem and your solution worked.  We, too, will be cleaning the filter on a regular basis now.  Thanks to all of you for your advice and comments - you just saved us a bunch of money! 

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After reading all the posts in this thread, I found the answer to my washer's problem. I also could not drain or spin and was blaming it on my daughter for overloading machine. Instead by taking off the front panel just under the door (3 screws held it on at bottom of panel), I found the drain plug. It was a large white platic screw off type plug. I had a large plastic tub and my shop vac handy, as very smelly dirty water comes flying out. Attached to the plug is a plastic filter of sorts, more like a baffle that traps everything coming out of your pockets. It was completly pluged with sheets of paper, coins, lint and dog hair. Emptyed the filter, put it back in and screwed it tight. Put the panel back on, but with only one screw in middle holding it, (this was the hardest part of fix, can't get screws back in right) and my machine is now washing just like new!! After praising God and this web site for helping me I did my happy dance and all is well. By the way I'm a middle aged woman who was able to do this quite easily, so if I can do it you can too. I also apologized to my daughter, but still cautioned checking pockets better! Thanks to all of you for your input, you save me $$$$ on calling a repairman. Not sure if this is my washers model # but willing to bet they are all similar.

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    I read and appreciated all the posts on this topic, but yours gave me the confidence to fix my washer myself. I am a past middle-aged woman, coming up on 65 years young, and the hardest part was getting back up. Perhaps I am celebrating early because I have not yet replaced the front panel. Of the three choices: $109 service call plus hourly charge for repair, $359 for a year's worth of warranty or pop off the screws and look for the drain, I am so grateful that you encouraged me to choose #3. Also, I do not know the model number on my washer. I can't find it anywhere on the front or inside and I cannot get behind the machine, but the screws and drain were where you said they would be. Thank you and thank God, as well.

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As suggested by others, I removed the three screws at the bottom of the front panel, removed the filter on the lower right, used the front panel as a catch basin for the water in the sump and pulled out the filter / screen. There was a lot of lint, coins, etc. Original problem was that washer would not come up to high spin speed, it would stop, pump out and then refill / rerinse. After filter cleaned, watched it cycle up to high speed and it worked like when it was first bought.
Why would GE put an obvious maintenance item behind a service panel???

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YAY! I fixed it myself! After my husband took a quick look before heading out to golf and telling me that "there is no accessible drain" I googled the problem and found you guys! THANK YOU!

So, in case anyone else has a difficult time finding the correct screws to unscrew. They are the 3 white ones at the very bottom of the washer near the feet. That bottom panel pops off and the drain is the white circle. Turn that a few times and pull out. There is quite a bit of water that drains out, so have a towel handy!

Posted on Aug 02, 2009

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Thank you.....a savor at a very frustrated moment...my washer had two screws at the bottom to remove the panel, then a screw and vice grips remove the black rubber boot thing, which still stayed connected in one area. This made it hard to maneuver and get it out but it was well worth it. I found $1.53 in change, a rubber band, a baby washcloth, a care bear puffy sticker and a small piece of paper. Phew. Works like new. I think it is bull that GE does not have this in the manual. Money making scheme, Ha! They have been caught. I hope others are able to find this as I did in my desperate search via the internet. Thanks again to all of you who posted.

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Wow, thank you guys so much. I am a new mom and my husband is gone a lot with work so i am stuck with "tending to the house". A GE worker was here about a year ago when we had our machine for 1 month, our control panel had burnt out. I was so dreading calling the maintenace crew b/c it takes FOREVER!!! I am so sick of GE appliances. If it wasnt for you guys i'd still be knee deep in quarters, lint, safety pins, and oh yeah STINKY water. Thank you all so much!!!!!

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Thanks everyone! The advice worked like a charm. We noticed the timer seemed to be off .The water from the drain was only a trickle and was rank smelling.The fast spin did not work and the clothes were wet at the end. Drain hose plugged? Filter clogged? No help from the manual, of course.$1.79,4 screws,drill bit,one rubber band and a fistful of gunk later, viiola! works fine.I suggest not putting the front panel back on until 1st load and check the filter for any leftover debris. This damn machine would not work after the 1st week of service 5 repair calls and 11 boxes of parts with no end in site. My warrior wife found an email for a GE ceo and 1 day later we had a new machine which has been ok for 1 1/2 years. GE would not pick up the parts shipped for the "repair techs" so i sold them online. (small victory)

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Washer fills, washes but won't spin. washes back and forth just no fast spin. Since it does not spin , won't drain either.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

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Shame on GE for not being more informative about the lint trap. My GE Adora Front Loader was not draining water and leaving my load soaked. Just before coming across this website, I was writing down the phone number for a repairman to come out and look at the machine.
I had my husband unscrew the 3 screws on the lower bottom panel and there it was!! He turned the latch and out come pouring dirty water along with baby socks, rubber bands and $2.33 in change and not to mention a **** load of lint. I started the wash again and its running beautifully. I am so excited. Thanks for the information and I will definitely clean that filter more often now that I know its there.
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I also read the manual before checking online and no where in the book does it tell you that there is a filter on this machine that should be cleaned regularly.

Thanks again!!!! :)

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Well I had the same problem with leaking and washer not spining. I to removed the three screws from the bottom of , but im going to the home depo to see if I can get some clips to put towards the bottom sides like some other washing machines have so will not have to unscrew the bolts again. Also, cleaned out my filter and found 5 bucks of change paper some old masking tape a broken pen and a lot of lint from mine. I unclamped the hose to clean the blockage then got my shop vac and sucked everthing out of the hose. In my case even if you clean the filter does not mean the pipe did not have garbage. I know I heard it when my shopvac got it. Use it if you have one or stick you hand up to hose just to make sure its clear. My fear is that im scared something will get stuck up thier if it not really cleand out good. I decied that I will clean it every six months just to make sure. Hope this helps.

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I had this problem once before and we recently cleaned out the filter. But the thing still won't spin or drain!! Filter clean! What now?

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Same problem. Same fix. Thank goodness I found this before I burnt up my pump (at least it's working for now). I got $7.14, a scrunchie, safety pin, one knee high, and lots of little hair rubber bands. Oh yea, and lint.

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Any metal in the trap causes this issue. Worst design ever. I upholster furniture for a living and even a half of a staple in the trap will stop the washer from spinning the clothes dry. I clean the trap at least a couple times a month. What a PITA.

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    Any metal in the trap causes this issue. Worst design ever. I upholster furniture for a living and even a half of a staple in the trap will stop the washer from spining the clothes dry. I clean the trap at least a couple times a month. What a PITA.

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To those of you who still have your washer and dryer under warranty. My washer began to leak and rusted the drawer under it. The warranty put a new seal on it and said that the original seal was defective. So if your's is leaking please push the fact that the original seals may have been defective. If I would've had to pay for this it would've cost at least 150 dollars according to the two service men who fixed our's.

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Wow!! So glad for Google!! Found this site and fixed our machine's problem! It didn't want to spin anymore, and the whole laundry room had a moldy smell. Found this drain as described, and collected a huge wad of lint, hair, hairclips, bobbie pins, silly bands (!) and $1.76 in coin, and a missing car key!!! Unbelievable!!

Thanks to everyone for posting!! Saved us a repair call!!

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Where is the filter located on the GE front load washer?

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Thought it would be fun to post what I just found in mine! (and thanks so much for the solutions guys and girls- I was starting to get more agitated than my machine because it kept pausing on me- took me 7 hours to get one load done, since I'd have to keep unpausing it). Anyway, $1.13 in change, Two shredded one dollar bills, two unmatching hair barretts, an empty bullet shell (what the hell?), a giant pen (ok, how did that get through?) a toddler's sock (again, huh?) an earplug, a ring, a pendant, and gunk, ew. Three years worth of stuff! Maybe I should have a yard sale or something. (Maybe not).

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This is a fantastic site. I was ready to buy a new washer as I certainly wasn't going to call a repairman for what was going to be an ongoing problem. After reading all your posts and looking at the pictures that someone so helpfully proviced I went down to the washer, removed the panel and opened the filter. I got about 2 gallons of water on the floor when I did that so spent a half hour cleaning up. I cleaned the filter put it back in and the machine works fine. It's amazing to me that there is a filter and not an easier way to clean it. A hole in the front panel would work great. There was nothing large in there, just your normal stuff that collects in filters. I will never buy anything from GE again as they are the most unhelpful people we have ever dealt with. You would think this would be in the owners manual.

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Mine kept stopping mid cycle also, pouring water on the floor, then the start/pause button flashed and the door unlocked. I found the solution to clean the lint filter on the GE Adora. Go to http://www.instructables.com/id/GE-Adora-Lint-Filter-Cleanout/?download=pdf

I just did this and my washer is now running instead of the flashing start/pause and door unlocking. It was fairly easy. Make sure you have towels and a flat pan to catch the water if you don't have the machine on a riser. There may be water inside so a wet vac may be helpful too. Once my washer finishes what was in it, I have these funky towels to clean. You'll be very surprised what you find in the filter! Best of luck!

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My thank you to husbandwifet! Perfect fix for my problems. The photos were a major plus in helping me to locate the issue. This is information that should be posted in the manual! Again, thank you for taking the time to post on the site and for including photos....

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Found 4.50 in change my missing motorcycle key and a few rounds of AK ammo. A ton of lint/dog hair. My machine had a twist out filter. easy fix thanks.

Posted on Sep 25, 2008

For us it was $3.83, legos, rocks, door key, ribbon, pen top, etc. Unbelievable. So thankful for this advice.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

OMG!! THANKS to EVERYONE!! Followed steps to clean filter and now its working again!! I wish that I could return the GE set that I bought and get a different brand....this issue should have been stated in manual!! Sounds like money making scheme to me......NEVER AGAIN will I buy GE!!!!

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Thank you so much! I too found the bobby pin, money, hair buckles, a golf tee, costume jewelery and I think a small dog! I didn't know that there was a drain and to think of how much damage could have been caused if it wasn't cleaned out. All of my appliances are GE, bought at the same time, I probably won't buy them again.

Posted on Jul 01, 2008

Thanks for the info, quick easy fix and it saved the expense of a maintenance call. We pulled out crazy balls of gunk, $1.05, tags and a bean (don't ask). On another note don't pull the filter out when you have the machine full of water it fills up the pot and continues to drain out in the drawer. I wish that I knew that this washing machine required periodic maintenance before I bought it, I would have chosen a different model (Consumer Reports let me down). 

Posted on Jan 09, 2008

WOW, thanks for your help. We took off the panel and to our surprise we found 3.44, 1 large rubber band, 3 hair bands, 2 small sets of lock keys, a pair of earrings and a lot of lint. It was rather gross, but well worth it. The washer is running great now, thanks to this site. I really feel that GE, needs to inform their customers of this and have it in the manuel. But, why else would there be a "Drain & Spin" cycle...we wouldn't use that cycle, but a service repairman would if he were fixing it for us. Thanks again to ALL....

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YEA! It worked! my husband went out to get a new dryer belt ( he was the bright one to put the heavy undrained towels in the dryer to break it) he said we would have to call repair becasue after taking apart the dryer- he's not taking apart the washer. While he was out- I fixed the washer!! :) Thanks for the tip- lots of hair, lint, change, insides of pens(again my husband), zipper pieces, and a rock (7 yr old) thanks for extra water tip comeing out- had towel ready and needed it!!!!!

Posted on Dec 19, 2007

Thank you for an easy solution. We found close to $3 in coins, hair rubber bands, rusted hair clips, and even a plastic star necklace that was stuck in the tube. Everything is working now. I plan to clean the filter twice a year. *** Careful removing the drain, you will see about a quart or more water pour out. Amazing how dry our clothes were coming out of a good spin cycle that actually drains correctly. Thanks to All !!!!!!!

Posted on Dec 04, 2007

I had the repairman out last year and the year before. I know how to remove the drain plug and yes we have a family so we have the same buildup. However the washer is not cycling and i am afraid that something is stuck much higher closer to the drum. I will tear the back off and remove the big rubber thing and see if it works. An expensive washing machine. I will go back to a cheap washing machine and fewer problems. Damn thing pissed me off, spent good money on it. Never again will i buy a GE appliance

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Same thing happened to me. Unfortunatley I did not have any money in it. Just tons of lint, a ponytail, screw, bobbypin, a button and a plastic butterfly (thank you girls).

Like other reported, the screws are on the front bottom, NOT under the washer. And what some failed to mention was that when you turn the drain all kinds of water poors out at you! ha ha

THANK YOU for the solutions!! And I'm still very jealous I had no money!!

Posted on Oct 22, 2007

Thank you.  Thank you.  My husband and I were dreading calling someone out because we knew the problem would cost us more for a service call rather than the actual problem.  Especially on a year and half old washer.  Thank goodness for the internet.  How did we live without it?  This solution solved everything, our washer is running like new and we will check it regularly to get the money and lego's out.  Thank you again.

Posted on Oct 18, 2007

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