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Thank you in advance for your help. I have a GE washing machine, model # S2100G2WW. It has done several weird things this weekend. First, the drain&spin cycle was not sufficient, as it left the clothes sopping wet at the end of the cycles. The water that could be squeezed out of the clothes was still a little soapy. I ran the drain&spin cycle again, and this helped a little bit. Now I cannot get it to do anything correctly, as it starts agitating as soon as I click the machine to start (with the lid down) - before it fills with one drop off water. nIf I lift the lid up, it stops agitating, just as if it was in that cycle already. I checked the knobs to make sure they weren't off in some way, but they all checked out okay. I have tried running the drain&spin cycles again as done previously, with no poisitive results. It agitates immediately, skipping the fill cycle altogether.

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  • newborndeads Nov 07, 2010

    Argh! This info is very helpful (and your response was very quick), but I kept trying the drain

  • newborndeads Nov 07, 2010

    - Argh! This info is very helpful, (and your response was very wuick, to), but I tried the drain&spin cycle one more time while I was waiting, and something else new happened. After the last D&S cycle, I tried starting it one more time ,and the water finally started to fill, but all the way to the top on small load!! Is everything related? Does your info stand to fix this, as well? Thank you so much!

  • newborndeads Nov 07, 2010

    I am so thankful for you! I will recommend this site to everyone!


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Concerning the water problem. It actually is in the agitate cycle it's just waiting for the pressure switch to let it start. Yours is probably stopped up or not working.
Your pressure switch stops the water and allows it to start the next cycle. It's a switch either in the control panel or at the top of the tub with a small tube connected to it which goes down between the inner and outer tub. As the water level increases the air in the tube is compressed until there is enough pressure to "make the switch" stopping the water from filling. This tube can get clogged and the switch won't work. Remove the tube and clean it out. Blowing on the tube when it's still connected to the switch will make the switch if it's working and clear.
Your pressure switch is part 10 in this diagram of your control panel.

It seems your drum isn't spinning fast enough to wring the water out of the clothes. Your belt may be slipping or the transmission could be causing it by not turning as easy as it should because of wear. Part 603 on this diagram is your belt.

Posted on Nov 07, 2010

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    Charles T Nevin Nov 07, 2010

    Yes. The water filling to the wrong level is also most likely to be the pressure switch after what you've already experienced. Once you inspect the tube to the switch you can probably tell.


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