Question about Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer
I'm having a similar problem with the buzzing and water not pumping out too. I found the problem is the plastic impeller slot has the teeth worn off by the metal water pump shaft. I didn't find anything clogging the flow or in the impeller. I guess something was binding the impeller and caused the teeth to get worn down.
Now I need to fine the part without having to purchase a complete pump.
Posted on Jun 09, 2008
Once a month you drag your machine outside, does this sound odd to you, we are in the 21st century, If you have to drag it out to the curb, you should shoot it and leave it there
Posted on Apr 30, 2008
I, too, have fallen victim to the Whirlpool Kenmore Calypso curse. The repair is easy.
Get a shop vacuum and set it up to vacuum water. Put the washer's drain hose in the vacuum hose and make a seal, as best you can with your hand where the two hoses meet. Fire up the shop vacuum. It will remove most of the water from the machine. It may take a few minutes.
At this point, I usually finish disconnecting the machine from the wall and dolly it outside. You could repair it in place, but there may be a bit of water get spilled when you work on it.
Once outside, lay it on its back. You will find that the bottom of the machine has a removable piece of sheet metal. There are three screws in the front of this piece of metal. take 'em out and the metal can be removed.
Now, you will be looking for your water pump. It has two hoses connected to it, and is sort of circular in shape. It is held on by two clips. Pop the clips off. You can now get the pump lose from its motor.
Remove the two hose clamps by squeezing them with pliers. Slide the clapms up the hose a little so as to free the hose from the pump housing. Yank the hoses off. Twisting them a little may help loosen them.
Now you have the answer to your problem in your hand. There is something stuck in that pump which locks the impeller in place. Fish around in there and locate it. You can reach in there with a finger or a knife and try to rotate the rubber impeller. Once it is turning, and the junk has been removed you can put it back together by reversing the procedure listed above.
One small thing to pay attention to is that when you put the hoses back on, there's a little notch in the hose with a corresponding tab on the pump. You should line those up before you put the clamp back on. It will help make sure the hose is on far enough and located properly.
If this sounds complicated, let me assure you this can be done in 10 to 15 minutes. Once you've done it, it gets easier.
I do this to my machine about once a month when it quits.
You get the OB code 'cuz it tries to spin the load with the wash water still in it. ("Cuz the pump locked up). So, it thinks it's out of balance. It will attempt to drain and spin three times, and then it throws the code. My machine has thrown several different codes for the same problem. Junk in the pump.
I hope this helps. Don't pay for a new pump. I have never needed one.
Posted on Apr 16, 2008
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