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Ge washer does not agitate; fills and spins okay

I have a ge washer. it fills up okay, but will not agitate. the water spins out okay also. the model number is WDSR2080D2WW. i called where i bought it, and of course, the warranty just ran out on it. they will charge approximately $300 to fix it. i only paid $350 for it when it was new. the belt is intact. i took the front panel off and don't see anything that is worn out visually. can you troubleshoot the possibilities for me? ty :)

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  • timneace Jan 25, 2009

    My GE also does not agitate or spin. I took off the front cover and turned the spin cycle on and noticed white smoke coming out from the connector at the motor. I removed power from the washer and unplugged the connector to find that it was melted at the connection where the blue and red wires go. I am not sure if a loose connection caused this or I have bad motor. Any help appreciated.

  • Carl Schulzetenberg
    Carl Schulzetenberg May 11, 2010

    Does the motor run when it should be agitating? (just out of curiosity, was this purchased from a major retailer?)

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Can't do anything about the one that's smoking. As with most electrical stuff, once you let the smoke out it no longer works.

Mine had the same original problem. Would fill, but would not agitate. It just sat there with a tub full of water and clothes.

I scoured the internet, and came to the conclusion that it was either:
The timer (unlikely, according to most posts I read), or
The motor. The motor in these is a reversing motor - one direction for spin, the other for agitate.
If half the motor quits working, you'd get spin but no agitate or vice-versa.

I took the motor out to take it and have it bench-tested to be sure before I spend the money on a non-returnable new motor. Unfortunately, no one here can (or will) bench-test the motor.

In the meantime, my wife called the retailer where we bought the machine and asked if they could test the motor. They said there was no need - that the control board in the machine probably just needed to be reset.

So far, I have taken off the front panel, taken off the control panel, removed the top of the machine, removed the ring on the top of the tub. Removed the agitator. Removed the four bungee-cord things that keep the machine from rolling over or something. Removed the bell thingy under the agitator. Removed the big nut under that to be able to remove the tub. Removed a plate on the top of the machine so that there is room to remove the tub. Removed the tub. Removed the big tub by lifting it to disconnect the shock absorbers, and disconnecting the drain hose and the air tube that controls the fill level. Tilted out and removed the big tub with the motor frame attached to the bottom. Removed the pulley, belt and motor frame. And removed the motor from the frame. All just to get the motor out to take it to the shop. Who would not test it.

But I digress.

The procedure to reset the control board is this:

1) Unplug the washer.
2) Wait 30 seconds or more. (This allows all capacitors to discharge and make the "computer" forget everything.)
3) Plug the machine in.
4) Open and close the lid 10 times. (The magnets in the lid are the only method you have to "talk" to the "computer.")
5) Run the machine.

It sounded stupid. It sounded like a Monty Python skit, but I did this. I reassembled the machine, and did the reset procedure. The machine worked just fine. Filled, agitated, drained, rinsed, did the spin cycle. Just like a wash machine should.

Makes me wonder about $300 repair bills.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

  • Brinjer Sep 22, 2013

    I had an issue where the washer drained correctly and the spin cycle worked perfectly, but it did not agitate. My problem was a loose nut on the bottom of the mode shifter that hold the pulley. After tightening the nut, all worked fine.

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