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Will not drain or spin

Makes buzzing noise when in spin cycle does not spin fast or drain

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  • jim bandish Oct 15, 2007

    pump was gloged with a nail and 52 cents works great now thanks

  • sugarless Jul 19, 2008

    I have a GE wassher will wash, but will not spin or drain

  • Beth Swartz
    Beth Swartz Aug 02, 2008

    Hi. 6 weeks ago, when my washer seemed to be filling and washing correctly, but simply would not spin, I took off the pump, removed bobby pins, a swiss army knife, barrettes, screws, nails, bolts, and $7.42 in change --- and I'm not joking about the change, I actually counted it out as I removed it.  This home repair seemed to work well, because the machine started working again. 

    Then, 2 days ago, the "I won't spin" problem resurfaced. I've tried everything suggested on this website except removing the pump. I thought that since I just cleaned it so thoroughly  a month ago, there could not be a substantial clog in the pump. So I thought of other possibilities. I checked the temp of the pump, figuring it would be as cold as the floor it stands on if it were not working. Well, the pump was hot.  In my mind, this means that the pump has been receiving its electrical signal; this in turn would mean that there aren't damaged wires or incomplete connections within the device.

    Is it possible that the pump won't work unless it is perfectly level? My pump is definitely not sitting flat on a level floor. Or might the problem be that the pump is just worn out and needs replacement, even  thought it is getting its electrical signal? Or could the fix for this situation be focused on a loose belt somewhere within my machine?

    Please HELP!!!! After 8 yr with a terrific front loader (really, I had a 5 yr service contract & never had one service call!  Never had trouble w/ the machine until 6 wk ago when it first refused to spin.), the thought of an inefficient, clothes-wrecking top loader is truly appalling to me. But with my 2 youngest kids still in college (great kids in great schools, & both have 1/2 tuition scholarships --- so we're only expected to pay about $60,000 per year to keep the 2 of them in school --- ), getting a new front loader, at approx $1000, is totally out of the question. 

    THANKS to anyone who has any potentially helpful ideas!!!!!!! 
    -----Supermom of Sugarland.



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Sorry to say I think you burnt out your pump. Same thing happened to me a few weeks ago - I thoroughly cleaned the pump & lint trap and all it would do is sit there, buzz and get real hot. I had to order a new one on-line (range of $100 to $200 with Sears being the highest). I am PO's ad GE because cleaning the lint trap is definitely a user maintainable task and they have absolutely no word about it in the manual. An obvious ploy to drive service and parts (pumps) revenue.

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There is another posted problem similar to this one if you look at GE front-loading washers.  I can tell you right now, though, that we just cleaned the filter (had the same problem as you) and everything is working perfectly now.  The bottom panel (on the front) of your washer comes off by removing 3 screws.  Our filter was full of lint, change, barrettes, etc.  I would highly recommend looking for that other post (has more information) or trying to clean the filter.  Hope this helps!

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