GE WHDSR31 clothes basket not centered, off to one side
My wife went out of town for a few days and upon return she started to wash her clothers in our GE WHDSR31 washer. Our daughter had used the machine shile my wife was out, and now the basket is off to one side, not centered. If you move it to center, it goes back to the one side. We haven't turned the machine on as yet, kind of afraid to, don't know what happend to result in this...do you have any suggestions for fix? Thank you in advance for any help you can give us!
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Re: GE WHDSR31 clothes basket not centered, off to one...
Use a putty knife to push in the clips holding the washers front panel on. They are a couple inches in from each side at the seam where the front panel meets the washer's top. With the front panel off, check the four suspension rods to see if one has come out of it's holder on the bottom area of the tub.
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I believe that I had this same problem. The machine was skipping the wash cycle. After the water level rose to where you would expect the machine to go into an agitation cycle to wash clothes; it would start a spin cycle and drain the water. In the process of spinning it would stop to display the OL message over and over again as quick as you redistribute the load.
I found the problem to be clothes that got stuck underneath the impeller (round thing at the bottom center of the basket). Somehow I also had clothes get pulled down and got stuck underneath the basket next to the lint filter, these items were shredded to the point that they probably were not causing any issues, none the less they should not have been in there. Even though it was not the problem, I went ahead and took out and cleaned the lint filter since it was within reach.
This machine works a bit different then other machines. The agitation cycle is dependent upon the basket floating up and disengaging from the drive shaft. I guess the clothes that got stuck beneath the impeller did not allow the basket to float high enough to disengage from the drive shaft. Because the basket was still engaged to the drive shaft the drive motor would spin the basket and start a drain cycle rather agitate the load to wash it. The imbalance of the basket caused by the clothes stuck underneath the impeller kicked of the OL error since the basket was spinning at an unacceptable angle. I am not a repair dude but based on my observation of what I did to fix the problem this explanation works for me.
I've attached some pages of a repair manual that I found on-line to illustrate the areas that I am referring to.