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Washer fills up but does not spin or agitate - Kenmore 3.2 cu. ft. Top Load Washer

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  • llycabl Jun 15, 2009

    we have a maytag washer model number pav5158aww, the wash tub will fill up but then it will not agitate or if you put it on spin it will not spin out the water. It will trip the circuit switch if it is left on.
    I would like to also know how we could fix this ourselves..with diagrams..instructions etc...

  • llycabl Jun 15, 2009

    Thanks

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Hello,

Kenmore machines are made by "Whirlpool" and whirlpool washers have a peculiar timer on their direct drive models. (if there is no belt on the motor, then it is direct drive)
The symptoms are, when you open the lid at the end of the cycle,the tub hasn't drained. You can hear the motor running during the entire cycle, but it doesn't spin or drain. These units have a 'direct reversing' motor and to reverse the direction the timer interrupts the power to it. When (if) the timer becomes worn, the timer doesn't (can't) tell the motor to reverse. It continues running in one direction and can't perform its cycles properly.
However, every time you open the lid, you stop the machine...interrupting power and 're-setting' the timer. It will now run in the opposite direction until you lift the lid again.
Because of the reversing motor, you may get different "symptoms" at different times. The solution is to change the timer. These (timers) run between $150 - $200 PLUS the service call .If you are handy and the machine is not terribly old it is not a difficult job. If you are not handy or the switch is TOO much, buy a NEW machine (sorry)
check the motor, check the belt ,check the lid switch. If it's not one of those....it's the timer!!!

Cheers!
Ryan

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HI. there are two issue that can cause this malfunction. one is the top lid pressure switch. This switch is connected to the timer/control and the motor as well. if this switch is malfunctioning or damaged, it will not allow the washer to spin or agitate. Check the lid pressure switch for its operational value. make sure it is not loose or broken. check the wires that connect to the back of the switch as well for a good fit. if the lid switch is working and, the wires are connected properly to this switch, this will confirm timer/control failure. you will need to replace the timer/control asap if possible in this case.

The most common cause of the malfunction will be timer/control failure but, i recommend checking the top lid pressure switch before replacing the timer/control module.

The switch can be tested with a Ohm meter.

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