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I have an older-model GE washing machine. About 2 weeks ago I went down to put clothes in the dryer & the washing machine was still full of water but the dial was in the "off" position. I tried pushing in the dial and pointing it at the "spin" icon. It made a quiet noise like the motor was trying to spin and couldn't. I tried this a few times & finally it started spinning. This is how I've been operating it since, and sometimes it wouldn't make ANY sound when I moved it to "spin", but when I left it pointing to "spin", I would return an hour later & it had spun. A couple of days ago I did a load of towels & I nothing I did would make it spin so I ended up wringing out the towels and drying them. Is there anything I can do to fix this problem or am I better off just buying a new washer??

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Sounds like your timer is going out. Turn it to the spin cycle and see if it'll spin. If not jiggle the timer handle and see if that does it. If it works after jiggling the handle then you need a new timer which can be expensive. Or on the cheaper side it could also be a lid switch but sound more like a timer. Check the lid switch also.

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