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Calypso - ob that's really off balance

I've had all the usual Calypso problems, mostly associated with draining. Its been running for a while, but now it really does start thumping and jumping around and shutting down w/ an ob code. I took everything apart, made sure the pump was clear and working and ran a rinse and spin cyle with nothing in it. It still went off balance. What to try next?

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  • TomFish Jan 16, 2009

    That suggestion really doesn't help and only suggests what my queston already said I tried. It goes off balance when run empty, and I've already completely taken the pump and plumbing apart and subsequently confirmed that its properly emptying.

  • TomFish Jan 16, 2009

    That suggestion really doesn't help and only suggests what my queston already said I tried. It goes off balance when run empty, and I've already completely taken the pump and plumbing apart and subsequently confirmed that its properly emptying.

  • TomFish Jan 16, 2009

    I had previously confirmed that there was no clog, including blowing air back through the system, since this had in fact been a problem in the past. Also, when I ran a cycle with no cloths, the system pumped out water quickly and I believe, completely, but it still started thumping around and shut itself off even without a single item in the drum.

  • TomFish Jan 17, 2009

    Can anyone tell me if the top plastic ring, around the top of the drum, is supposed to float or is it supposed to fixed solid to the drum? Also, I'm assuming the agitator must be spring loaded to want to return to center. I'm trying to figure out how to troubleshoot that and determine if that's working properly or if it might be the cause of the off balance problem.

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You need to banace the appliance, it is returning drain error because the vibrations cause the problem.

Check struts and shock absorbers.

find parts and diagrams by entering model number here.

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Did you remove the security shipping pin that comes w machine when you first got it?sometimes there are 4 bolts on the back that you have to remove>>

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Follow this link http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?page=142 Explanation of Ob code: If the motor controller detects an unrecoverable off-balance condition, the machine controller will shut down and display an ob for Off Balance

The lid switch must be opened at least once before restarting the cycle, if this condition occurs. Opening the lid will allow the customer to view and redistribute the load.

Press STOP/CANCEL to clear the display. And this is service and repair manual http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;id=58 Hope that helps Good Luck

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The code which comes up on your screen means:-----------
ob Off Balance If the motor controller detects an unrecoverable off-balance condition, the machine controller will shut down and display an ob for Off Balance
The lid switch must be opened at least once before restarting the cycle, if this condition occurs. Opening the lid will allow the customer to view and redistribute the load.

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• California Class Action Settlement. For anyone looking to replace this product? I is this product? I had initially been intermittent Ohio is nearing the front bottom panel to access is 13 months old is nearing the “Ld” (”long drain”) problem on Whirlpool Calypso washer because it has been intermittent Whirlpool faulty Calypso Washing Machine: Whirlpool Calypso? GVW9959KT 27 Whirlpool Calypso gvw9959k. Whirpools site code book has no code OB Unplug for a hour. so it will reset.

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If the motor controller detects an unrecoverable off-balance condition, the machine controller will shut down and display an "ob" for Off Balance
The lid switch must be opened at least once before restarting the cycle, if this condition occurs. Opening the lid will allow you to view and redistribute the load.

Press STOP/CANCEL to clear the display.

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    Starnley Johnwells Jan 16, 2009

    hope this helps

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    Starnley Johnwells Jan 16, 2009

    Washer must be level front-to-back and
    side-to-side. Each of the washer leveling legs must set solidly on the
    floor at all four corners. Check by rocking the washer from opposite
    corners. Adjust the appropriate leveling leg(s) until no movement is
    noticed. some washer has self-leveling rear legs which are
    adjusted by tipping the washer forward (the rear of washer should be
    off the floor about an inch) and setting it back down. For tumble
    action washers, remove the front access panel, loosen the lock nuts,
    turn legs in or out slightly until the washer sets solidly on the
    floor, then tighten the lock nuts. For maximum stability, leveling legs
    should not extend more than 1/2 inch below the washer bottom.


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    Starnley Johnwells Jan 16, 2009

    Refer to the installation instructions that came with your washer for more information on the installation which may effect the washer balance

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I couldn't find a diagram of your washer to save my life, but it seems to me, (if the drain and everything else checks out ok), that the 'tub' itself may be allowed to far from center because of a worn part (bushing and/or bearing) underneath. This would cause it to rotate too far from the 'center of balance' causing the ob code.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Offhand, even if the error message indicates ob (out of balance) and not an Ld (long drain) error, address the issue like it was a drain problem. Check, clean, clear drain system. Additionally, you may want to use an air compressor or garden hose and spray water or air back into the black drain hose on the washer. The idea is to break any clog or blockage.

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Please see on the link>>
http://www.hometips.com/repair-fix/washing-machine-troubleshooting-problems.html
hope helps.
let me know for further assistance.

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