Question about Frigidaire FWT647GH
Frigidaire front loading washer model FTW647GHS0. Would not agitate or spin. Cycle operates normally otherwise - fills and drains, fills and drains, buzzes when complete. Door lock light is lit. Belt is tight, drum spins freely by hand.
Found that by "prompting" it by using a stick to agitate the drum pulley, the motor would come to life and agitate for about 15 seconds, then stop. Repeat prompting, motor engages again for 15 seconds, and stops. When it's time to spin, a little encouragement on the pulley would get the motor to spin like a tazmanian devil, all the way through. Went through an entire cycle this way, constantly "helping" the motor get moving by slightly rotating the drum pulley with my stick. Very odd. Operation was exactly the same with the belt removed.
Replaced the speed control board, got the same results.
Returned the control board, replaced the motor, and it seemed to work fine. Closed up the machine, ran four or five loads, and suddenly I have the same results as before.
Interesting to note that it operates in exactly the same fashion whether the belt is on or off. With the motor just sitting on the floor, connected only by the 6-pin connector to the control board, the small pulley on the motor needs only the slightest inducement from the eraser end of a pencil to fire up and spin (agitate) for about 15 seconds, only to stop. (The only difference is that instead of spinning back and forth, as it does with the belt on, it just spins one way for 15 seconds, stops, and then (when prompted) spins the other way for 15 seconds.) Same for the spin cycle - a little boost, and it flies through the spin cycle. Again, I can run the motor through the entire wash cycle this way (belt disconnected) - I just have to keep prompting the small pulley with a pencil eraser, and it will fire up for 15 seconds, then stop. When the machine is draining and supposed to spin, with a little push to get started it whirs around like it's on fire. Without prompting, it just sits there.
It doesn't appear to be the control board (new control board, original motor, same results).
Doesn't appear to be the motor (original control board, new motor, same results).
Does not appear to be affected by movement (belt on/drum spinning, or belt off, just sitting perfectly still on the floor, same results).
This is the damndest thing. If it isn't the control board, and it isn't the motor, and it doesn't seem to be caused by a loose/jiggling connection, I can't figure out why it works so well with just a little nudge, but it needs that nudge constantly to keep going.
Any ideas? I'm pretty handy, but the tech sheet diagrams and instructions for measuring voltages ("the voltage at pins 2, 6, and 10 should read 120 Vac and 0 Vac at pin 1...") is out of my league. Thanks!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
sounds like the motor control board is bad. you could test the motor to see if it ohms out ok, the diagram has the readings. The diagram should be on the side panel (inside the cabinet) on the lt side in a brown envelope.
Posted on Jan 09, 2008
i would check the timmer. run it through a cycle and when it stops slightly move the timmer ahead. if that works than you need to replace the timmer... i had a washer that did that and it turned out to be the timmer on mine.
Posted on Aug 06, 2008
Don't have much experience on Frigidaire. Is the motor a brush type, capacitor type or one of those new DC types? If it's got brushes and they are ok, then I would say your armature is up the creek. If it's a capacitor type (unlikely) then the capacitor is most likely duff. If it's the new DC type it could be a lot of things, most likely the module which breaksdown and passes an AC component in the motor supply which make the motor tremble but not rotate
Posted on Nov 02, 2008
seawolrf your going to have to do a little work...open the door now looking at the washer i want you to take a knife or screw driver and take that gasket off right next to the door switch,,the black gasket is glued ,,yes glued pull it up..only by door switch..now remove door switch screws (2) now replace that connection...onthejob
Posted on Jan 28, 2009
SOURCE: Washer will not spin for
If your washer won't spin, check these:
It doesn't pump or spin
It pumps, but doesn't spin
It spins only with the lid closed
It doesn't pump or spin If it doesn't pump water out or spin, check to see if the motor is running, then proceed as follows:
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
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Hello paigeterrajr - Well, if there isn't any motor movement, it could be the door switch, the motor, or the main control board. Since the shock absorber could possibly be broken as well, it is possible that the unit thinks that it is not balance properly which will prevent it from going into a high speed spin/agitate. Because it could be a number of any one of several underlying causes, I would recommend contacting a professional to properly diagnose and repair the unit.
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