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I had a full wsh going and all of a sudden, it stopped agitating, wouldn't spin and wouldn't drain. In addition, a buzzing noise started to come from the back of the top panel where the controls are. I had to remove all the clothes and manually scoop all of the water out. The next day, I tried to turn on the machine. It does fill with water and the same buzzing sound, but nothing else happens. Now even the buzzing has stopped. Please advise. Thanks...

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It appears your timer/main controller has failed in this instance.

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PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


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