Question about Whirlpool Ultimate Care II LSQ9549L Top Load Washer
First of all, if the model you have this question listed under is correct, this washer does not use a drive belt. It is a direct-drive transmission that uses a motor coupling in place of a drive belt. If the motor coupling were bad, the washer would not agitate at all.
Secondly, the pump on this washer is ALSO used to recirculate the water during the wash cycle. It is not true that it is only used to drain the wash tub. These pumps are driven by the drive motor and only have one moving part - the impeller. If the pump were seized, the drive motor would shear off the drive shaft of the pump.
Check your lid switch.
If the washer fills and doesn't do anything, or stops right after the wash cycle and then does not advance to the rinse cycle and drain is commonly caused by a lid switch malfunction. The lid switch is usually mounted under the washer top casing, on the right hand side on most top load models. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the rim of the wash tub opening. In many cases the lid strike breaks off the lid, or the lid switch becomes loose and no longer makes contact. Inspect the lid to make sure the lid strike is still intact, and then inspect the mounting screws (adjacent to the small opening on the wash tub rim) and make sure they are snug.
If the switch is not activated by a lid strike, it will activated by a hinge actuator located next to either the left or right lid hinge. You will need to remove the operator console in order to access this type of switch.
If you determine the switch to be defective, the following link explains how to replace one:
A new lid switch (if needed) can be purchased on line at searspartsdirect.com, pcappliancerepair.com, repairclinic.com, appliancepartspros.com. All these sites offer competitive pricing, so shop all them for the best price.
If the washer still drains, but will not agitate or spin, the problem is your motor coupling. The following link explains how to access and replace one:
The part number is included in the link I provided and only costs about $11 at appliancepartspros.com. These couplers do wear out due to normal wear and tear and need replaced from time to time.
If you have questions, or need additional assistance, please let me know. Please post back with a complete model number (located on a nameplate around the wash tub opening) with your questions, so that I may be able to provide you with better assistance. I hope this is helpful.
NOTE: You do not need to bail or empty the wash tub to complete this repair.
Posted on Sep 07, 2009
I had that problem. I had to replace the belt on the motor.
Posted on Sep 06, 2009
Sounds to me like the pump has either seized or failed.
The pump is only used to empty the machine so the washing cycle runs fine until it hits the bit when it needs to empty the water out, i.e. rinse and spin.
Older machines just used to switch the pump on for a fixed time and then assume the water was out. It then tried to spin at high speed the drum full of water !! End result, water everywhere !
Posted on Sep 06, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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