Question about Whirlpool LHW0050PQ Front Load Washer
The whirlpool repairman said we need a new control unit. $535. installed? I was able to download a trouble shooting quide from another site and I dont think this will fix our problem. It passes all the tests but will not spin with clothes in it. empty it spins great. Is there something on this machine that detects vibration or out of balance conditions? Do the support pylons wear out or need to be replaced? they work like little pistons while the machine is spinning. Can they be beefed up?
I don't like to second guess another tech that has looked at machine when if I haven't but I will try to answer a few things. The machine senses out of balance condition by monitoring the current draw of the motor, the more weight on one side, the more the amp draw fluctuates. The motor works hard raising the weight of the load up one side but doesn't work at all as the load pulls itself down the other side. The support pylons you see are shocks. They don't actually hold any weight. The weight is supported by springs at top of the machine. They do wear out but unless there is oil puddling under them this isn't likely to be your problem. As to your problem See if you can move the basket up and down inside the tub. Put your fingers at the bottom of the opening between tub and basket, pick up on the top of the basket with your other hand. You shouldn't feel the gap at the bottom get wider as you pick up. Also listen while machine runs in slow spin. Do you hear a clicking or popping sound as it turns? These things indicate a worn bearing or cracked basket support which will cause excessive vibration and out of balance condition. If this is the problem, the parts(basket and tub) should still be covered under warranty but you will have to pay labor. Usually about $200. Hope this helps. Post back to let me know what you found.
Posted on Oct 08, 2007
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