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Washer estate brand ETW4300SQ Model

I have had my washer for less than two years and yesterday it stopped at the rinse cycle. It is full of water and will not drain or spin. It only clicks like the agitator is trying to agitate but appears stuck. Same model as above, won't do anything! I checked the lid switch, (pulled the top off of it). The contacts are engaging, I even cut & hard wired the leads going into the switch just to make sure. Nothing! Any help would be appreciated.

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  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem with my Estate washer

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    I think the agitator is just locked up. It hums and I had a rough smell to it, but I don't believe the motor is burned up. I sure wish there was a free manual online.



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Sounds like the motor may be bad but the only way to know for sure is to do some electrical testing with a volt/ohm meter and the wiring diagram located within the appliance. If possible use the meter and the wiring diagram to check input/output voltages looking for discrepancies between the diagram and the actual meter readings.

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http://www.fixya.com/support/r397101-replacing_lid_switch

If you need further assistance, such as where to get replacements parts, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: You do not need to drain the wash tub to replace the switch. Once the switch has been replaced, the washer should spin and drain, which will prevent you from needing to bail water.

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