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Frigidaire FEZ83AS1 washing machine fills with water but won't start cycle

My (washer/dryer, stacked) washing machine fills with water but won't start cycle. It's intermittent. Sometimes it will start right away and sometimes it will sit with the clothes and water in it for hours and then it will start.

I will change the cycles (whites to colors), the wash time (4, 8, 12), i will stop and start the cycle or i will turn the tumbler (the thing that sits in the washing machine...and nothing works. please advise.

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  • Tony55440 Jan 07, 2008

    This unit is seven years old and has worked fine until a few weeks ago. It will fill but when agitation tries to start it makes a humming sound for 15 seconds and then sits for five minutes and repeats this until I turn it off or it starts. Could start in an hour, half hour, overnight or not at all. Will do this on and off for a week or two then work fine for a week or month.

    All other functions work. Jumped the lid switch even though it always agitated with the lid open. Checked the capacitor and seemed fine as much as and ohm meter can indicate. Disconnected the capacitor and it made the same sound but spin stopped working.

    When it happens there is no reason and nothing can be done to start it, just let it sit and will start running when it wants to.

    Can this be a thermal breaker problem and is it replaceable by it self or is it part of the motor?



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I bet it's the electronic card of the machine in both cases. If you are handy, you can dismount it and try to find some broken/burned component or something strange. I'd go for a broken capacitor, but it may not be at sight. You'll have to check them all with a proper tool (generally, a home tester is not useful for capacitors).

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I will answer this in two parts.

1. Sounds like a worn lid switch. Some Units will not start if this switch is worn/faulty. This can cause intermittent switch contact.

2. The motor thermal switch is a definite possibility. This switch is part of the motor assembly and cannot be replaced by itself.

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