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Will not spin or agitate water level ok will pump lid switch ok

I have 120vac at red and black wire at motor

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It could be brush on the motor

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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Washer won't change gears from water fill to agitate


Hi and welcome to FidYa, I am Kelly,
If it does not agitate or spin suspect the lid switch. Listen for a microswitch click as the lid just opens or closes. No Click = bad lid switch.

If it spins then the lid switch is fine and there is a problem with the water level control pressure switch or possibly the control.

Since you did not include a model number this is my best guess for a 3.2 cu ft machine
MVWC300VW0

This lid switch is item 6 this link:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=5519632

The water level control switch is item 4 this link:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=5519632&diagram_id=28626536#d28626536

The timer item 7 of the above link can also cause this symptom. You must elimiate the water level control as a possible cause first. There is a FOLDED wiring diagram in the literature packet insde the top panel 3 x 5 envelope you can use to jumper the wires on the water level control switch. If the motor agitates then the water level switch is the problem. If it does not agitate it can be the timer or the motor. (More troubleshooting required via the wiring diagrams following power through the circuit to the motor.)

At this time I think you may just have a water level control switch problem. If you do end up replacing it... the wash tub must be empty or it will overflow when testing.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly

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Washer will not spin or agitate Washer will fil and pump water out motor will not come on Have replaced the motor and the lid switch After replacing the motor the washer worked ok for about 4 or 5...


This is sounding like either a timer or a water level switch problem. I would elimnate the water level switch first. Here is why..... You had to tip the unit to change the motor. Tipping the unit would ensure that the small tube that runs from the bottom (side) of the wash tub to the water level control pressure switch cavitated. Once this is clear the water level control was for a while able to sense proper water levels and the diaphragm inside the pressure switch cycled normally. If the sens line had a pin hole in it or the water level control pressure switch contacts have a problem it will present the symptom you currently have.
I cheat.... I hook up an equal sized tube to the water level pressure switch and add pressure and release pressure orally to force the pressure switch to work. (Automotive vacuum line works like a charm!) If it works by physically forcing it to work then the timer is fine. The Pressure switch is probably ok also. The sense tube running from the presure switch to the tub would be the problem. With all water removed... (drain hose lowered too to empty the machine) tip the unit again. Then see if it will fill and agitate on a small load. Also check to see if it spins. IF it agitates and spins... the sense line if most likely the problem. (pin hole chaffed etc)

There is still a remote possibility of the Timer causing the problem OR the contacts inside the water level pressure switch as the problem. If you can find the tech data sheet inside the console there should be a wiring diagram. Check the water level control for power in and out both with water level reached and empty. If the contacts are working on the water level control pressure switch... your probably looking at the timer as the problem.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly


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Whirlpool model # LLR6144BQ1 water fills but will not go to wash cycle.


Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.
This is usually caused by a failed lid switch that is item 9 this link:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=256996

First off put the washer in the spin cycle. With the lid closed see if the washer will spin. No spin also = bad lid switch. If the washer spins but will not agitate then the problem is most likely the water level pressure switch or associated air tubing. (any air leaks and it will not stop filling)
Water level switch is item 12 here:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=256996&diagram_id=28209075#d28209075
We test these with NO WATER in the machine and after connecting an external hose with the lid closed with power on by orally passing air into the small air hose we connected. It will click and the washer must agitate. If it clicks and does not agitate... again it points to the lid switch. Disconnecting this water level switch hose with ater in the maching and then re-connecting the hose WILL result in the machine overflowing. Tub MUST be empty.

You check the lid switch as you just open or close the lid. You should hear an audible CLICK as the lid is barely off of its closed position and again as the lid is almost closed. NO CLICK = bad door switch.

These are the 2 most common reasons that will correct the symptom your experiencing more than 90 percent of the time. There is a remote possibility that there is a problem with the motor / motor clutch. Motor clutch problems are noted by odd noises when motor is running and it will not spin or agitate. If the motor will spin the machine but will not agitate the machine it can be a motor winding.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly

Mar 13, 2011 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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The water comes out in the detergent/softerner liquid dispenser; instead in the main washer.


Water Problems
Sometimes water will not enter the machine in order to properly wash clothing. In that case, the water may be turned off or the water fill valve, water temperature switch or timer may not be functioning correctly. A defective water valve or timer can also cause the machine to not enter the spray rinse cycle. Another issue that arises is when the water will not drain out of the machine. The drain may simply be clogged, or the drain hose or pump may be malfunctioning. Water will splash on the floor if the pump or water valve is not working, or if the machine is operating on a low level of water with a high level of agitation, which means the force that promotes all the functions of the machine.
Cycle Problems
Malfunctions of the various cycles are common as well. If no agitation occurs, the agitator spine may be stripped, or the motor or internal transmission system could be broken. If the machine will neither agitate nor spin, the belt or coupling is most likely the problem. There are a number of issues associated with either no spin or a slow spin including an open lid, defective lid switch, spin tube, wigwag, timer or wigwag wire or a drive belt that is not properly adjusted. When the motor will not run at all, first check the power cord to make sure that it is plugged in. If that does not solve the problem, issues are found in the timer, lid switch, motor or water level switch.
Other Issues
Sometimes washing machines will excessively vibrate or "walk," meaning that they begin to inch forward while the motor is running. Check inside the machine to see if there is an unbalanced load. Heavier items, such as sneakers, cause vibration as well. The load can be fixed and any unnecessary items removed. If the problem persists, other possible issues include an improperly leveled machine, a worn-out snubber, broken suspension springs or shipping pins that have not been removed. Another problem that arises with washing machines is oil leakage caused by transmission failure, which is one of the more costly issues to fix.
Sometimes water will not enter the machine in order to properly wash clothing. In that case, the water may be turned off or the water fill valve, water temperature switch or timer may not be functioning correctly. A defective water valve or timer can also cause the machine to not enter the spray rinse cycle. Another issue that arises is when the water will not drain out of the machine. The drain may simply be clogged, or the drain hose or pump may be malfunctioning. Water will splash on the floor if the pump or water valve is not working, or if the machine is operating on a low level of water with a high level of agitation, which means the force that promotes all the functions of the machine.
Cycle Problems
Malfunctions of the various cycles are common as well. If no agitation occurs, the agitator spine may be stripped, or the motor or internal transmission system could be broken. If the machine will neither agitate nor spin, the belt or coupling is most likely the problem. There are a number of issues associated with either no spin or a slow spin including an open lid, defective lid switch, spin tube, wigwag, timer or wigwag wire or a drive belt that is not properly adjusted. When the motor will not run at all, first check the power cord to make sure that it is plugged in. If that does not solve the problem, issues are found in the timer, lid switch, motor or water level switch.
Other Issues
Sometimes washing machines will excessively vibrate or "walk," meaning that they begin to inch forward while the motor is running. Check inside the machine to see if there is an unbalanced load. Heavier items, such as sneakers, cause vibration as well. The load can be fixed and any unnecessary items removed. If the problem persists, other possible issues include an improperly leveled machine, a worn-out snubber, broken suspension springs or shipping pins that have not been removed. Another problem that arises with washing machines is oil leakage caused by transmission failure, which is one of the more costly issues to fix.

Mar 12, 2011 | Washing Machines

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The machine fills and will not start agitating unless the lid is open and closed several times.


The most likely failure is the water level pressure switch or a failed lid switch. If the washer will drain and spin then it's not a failed lid switch. If it will not drain and spin the likely failure is the lid switch.

The water level switch (pressure switch) has 3 wires attached to it, V (violet), P (Pink) and a T (tan) wire. When the tub is empty of water, contact V&P are closed to allow the tub to fill with water. Once the water level reaches the desired setting, contact V&P opens and then contact V&T closes to start the motor agitating. So, with this said if you were to unplug the washer and remove the wires from the water level pressure switch and test to see if terminals V&T is closing by using an ohm meter would indicate if the contact is closed or not.

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My kenmore won't pump out the water. what could


couple of possible reasons and this will vary by brand of machine...lid switch could be bad...some machines will wash or agitate with lid up but will not spin unless lid is closed..others will not do nothing with lid up....some brands will not spin if the water level switch can detect water in the tub...this means your machine didnt pump the water out of the machine so it could spin couple of reasons for this 1 bad pump or bad pump motor(some machines have a pump that is driven by a drifferent motor than the one that drives the transmission)usually these machines use the water level switch to activate(turn on/off) the pump when the machine goes into spin cycle... some machines the pump wil come on and stay on for the entire spin cycle...some machines the belt will be bad and you just need a new belt....first thing to do is see if raising the lid will turn the machine off when it is in wash cycle if it does not..then it will in spin cycle..if the machine will not work in spin cycle the lid switch will be the reason why..

Sep 13, 2009 | Kenmore 3.2 cu. ft. Plus Top Load Washer

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My GE washer won't spin or agitate


check the motor capacitor if your motor doesn't turn when powered, otherwise the "wig-wag"coil could be faulty,these coils shift your transmission for different cycles

Aug 23, 2009 | GE Profile WPSR3100W

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Agitator will not spin.


Hi,
Try these
  1. Test the lid switch
  2. Inspect the motor coupler
  3. Inspect the drive belt (belt drive only)
  4. Inspect under the washer for soot (clutch)
  5. Test the motor
  6. Inspect the pulley
  7. Test the transmission
  8. Inspect the agitator
  9. Inspect the pump coupling
  10. Test the water level switch
pls rate my suggestion.....

Jun 20, 2009 | GE Washing Machines

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Waterpump won't pump and spin cycle won't start.


one of 2 things are happpening iether hte timer is not sending down the power to operate the pump , or switch is not closing correctly to allow power to the pump

Mar 19, 2008 | Frigidaire FWS833A Top Load Washer

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