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Malber p21 spin

I just bought a slightly used p21 washer. When it finishes its cycle, no matter the type, it WILL NOT spin. Suggestions? Ideas? Recommendations? GM

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  • Luhk Nov 28, 2007

    First, am new here. Second, have visited many many other washer repair forums in search of a quick solution---none so far.



    A top loading Amana washer, between 5-10 years old, Model LW8203W2 PL 8203W2B.

    I found the timer shaft totally frozen and damaged and the belt burned out.
    The lid switch was bypassed. I replaced the timer and belt acquired from Reliable Part, etc. For two weeks now, the unit will not spin in any of the three modes of wash. I manually checked all the wiring harness, motor windings included--they are ok per diagram from an online Amana Manual.



    But I noted the motor switch housing lost the lower footing for the white plastic switch. I replaced the whole housing. I also checked the new timer and noticed that the number of pins were not the same as the original timer so I switched internal contents.



    I tested the pressure switch and it seems to be ok.



    I totally dismantled it and checked the tub and agitator turn properly and easily.

    After all the above, the washer will fill, the motor gets acitivated to agitate only and that is it, the timer does not advance at all and so NO SPIN OR DRAIN, NOT EVEN A HUM to indicate it is going into spin mode. Sometimes, if I interrupt the pressure switch a loud hum but that is it, no spin/drain.I suspect the motor may also be bad but the windings test indicate OK.



    My focus now is some wires that I am not comfortable with their positions. Problem that I face is that the previous tech did not leave the wiring diagram/schematics so am having fits to get them in their proper places.These wires are: gray/black to terminal 1 of pressure switch; brown black to terminal 2 and two pink/blue wires to terminal 3. The next three wires go to the temperature switch: blue to terminal L, orange to terminal 4 and black to terminal 3.



    So what am I missing or not doing right? If I get this fixed before Christmas, my ulcers with go back to zero. Help.


  • moniczka33 Jul 08, 2008

    I have Malber p21 washer. When it finishes its cycle, no matter the type, it WILL NOT spin. Suggestions? Ideas?

    Thank you

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This can often happen on a top loader if the lid switch is not engaging properly.  The drum usually rotates (slowly at first, then much higher speed as the water is expelled) and, as a safety precaution, there is a locking mechanism for the lid. You will get the same result if you leave the lid open... cycle just pauses at the drain/rinse/spin part of the cycle.
Now, to solve the problem...
First we need to confirm the problem ...put the dial in spin cycle and see if you can open the lid, or if it is locked.  If the lid opens ,then you are probably not engaging the switch that enables the washer to lock the lid ( and turn on the pump).
THe switch is activated by a piece of plastic ( often in the form of a loop) attached to the lid which pokes through a slot in the metal top of the washer. a microswitch is located down in the slot. If part or all of the plastic piece is broken, the switch will not be activated.  If found to be broken, these are available at any appliance parats store, cheaply.
Sometimes the switch mechanism shifts down slightly or the internal workings of the switch wear down to where the plastic piece does not push the switch down far enough to activate.  You can test for this -*USING GREAT CARE*  by inserting a plastic stick or other non-conductive (electrical) material (a popsicle stick or plastic drinking straw works fine) that fits in the slot and can be pushed down an inch or so.  The test would be to put the machine in the spin part of the cycle and, with the lid open, insert the stick/straw down into  the  slot (you may hear a click from the  switch). This should turn on the pump if the problem  was that the switch had not been contacted properly by the plastic part on the lid.  Only do this for a moment as it is not safe to run the washer with the lid open (they lock the lid for a reason :).
If this procedure does start the pump, then you have isolated the problem and need to have the plastic part on the lid press down further into the slot to activate the  switch.   For a $50AU washer , i might try to build up  the plastic part with some tape to penetrate into the slot further (dont put on so much that it doesnt fit in the slot or gets in the way of the locking mechanism).
Alternatively you could replace the switch or plastic part, or both (replacing the switch will require taking off the front panel).

do the tests suggested and get back to me.

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2 things to check. take note if water is still in tub or not. If there is, drain pump is blocked.(clear blockage). if there is no water in tub, pull out mains plug then find door latch mechanism. need to bridge out the live in and live out supplying the circuit.put on spin cycle. if still not right, then either spin part of motor is faulty or the timer. Assuming no rodents or transport of unit recently undertaken.

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The likely thing here is you may have a drain problem....your drain oulet filter (or out pump) could be blocked. This requires cleaning; when the washer goes thru all the functions except spin it is most likely your drain is clogged. Aft u have cleaned the filter & pump check by a small spin. Before you attempt, wall socket off & keep bucket handy to collect water.

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If your washer functions when the door is shut it cannot be a door problem. The likely thing here is you may have a drain problem....your drain oulet filter (or out pump) could be blocked. This requires cleaning; when the washer goes thru all the functions except spin it is most likely your drain is clogged. Aft u have cleaned the filter & pump check by a small spin. Before you attempt, wall socket off & keep bucket handy to collect water.

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The lid switch must be broken if you know how to use an screw driver you can fix it remove the lid witch and replace with a new one, remember to unplug the machine frome the wall...good luck

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  • hector delacruz Aug 06, 2006

    check the paddle in the lid that acction the sitch could be broken

  • hector delacruz Aug 06, 2006

    you will need thi "s" to fix that "witch" ovethere and this "w" for the other one "itch" jesu...

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