Question about GE WDSR2080D Top Load Washer
My top loeading Ge washing machine stopped running the other day. I un plugged it and it will now run. During the spin cycle it will run for 5 seconds then stop. 1 second later it will start again. It does this repeatedly. Any help appreciated.
I had the same problem. The machine will do the washing cycle. At the start of the spin cycle it would start turning with a lot of clicking sounds and then would stop spinning. The water pump would continue working without problem. The motor tries to start again in about three minutes, however, repeats the same behavior. I have a reasonable mechanical and electrical knowledge. I was sure that the overload protection switch of the motor was tripping. I opened up my machine---a GE super capacity top loading machine. Took off the belt and turned the transmission pulley. It turned easily in both directions (washing and spinning). Hence, the transmission was good. Next, I checked any water accumulation in the spin tub. If the water is not drained properly before the spin cycle, it would overload the motor. There was no water clogged in the spin tub. Finally, I dismantled the electric motor. There was a clutch assembly underneath the motor pulley. I dismantled it and found the clutch very dirty with some grease that had turned sticky. I cleaned the assembly thoroughly with alcohol and assembled back the machine. The machine is running perfect after that. Conclusion: The clutch assembly was mis-functioning. Reason: When the spin cycle starts, the spin tub is very heavy and cannot achieve the full speed quickly. On the other hand, electric motors must get to their running speed fairly quickly or else overheating of motor would happen. A proper functioning clutch allows the motor to run at their optimal speed while transferring enough torque to the spin tub to slowly speed up the tub to its fullest. In my case, the clutch was sticky, thus overloading the motor which would trip as it overheats.
Posted on Mar 02, 2009
Mine had the same problem.
I removed the front door, disconnected the two wires from the water pump and put a voltimeter on the wires. In spin cycle it measured 127 volts, as expected (the pump is that voltage)
Next... prepare to get messy:
Try to empty the top drum as much as you can before proceeding;
Mine had about 1 or 2 gallons left inside that I could not remove;
The water pump will have 2 big hoses attached to it: one coming from the bottom of the drum and another that is the discharge tube;
Release both springs from those hoses and to minimize the mess;
wrap a big trash bag around the water pump and the hoses, then remove the hoses. If water comes pouring from the drum-bottom-hose as expected, the clog is not there.
If you can have someone to help to hold the bag in place, that will be great.
Once it stops dripping... remove the water pump out.
You will also check the discharge tube/hose. It should, of course, flow freely;
When I took the pump out, I could immediately see the cause... lots of pillow stuffing (grrr... doggone children !)
Anyway, the channel is pretty large and there is no filter whatsoever, but nevertheless, I took our the 3 screews to remove the clog.
When you separate the parts, make sure the pump turns ok, ie., the shaft is not locked or grinding or rough.
It is expected to have a certain resistance caused by the magnet inside but should run smooth. If you find that it won't turn at all,
time to replace it.
Wash all just to clean any rest of debris and put them back.
Install the pump back in the reverse order and it will work again.
Mine is 6 years old and still runs fine (after that clog was removed :-)
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
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