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Is there a relay switch someplace for washer

After a severe thunderstorm the other night which took out our transformer my washer doesn't work, won't even fill, there is water coming to it. the dryer works but not the washer. don't know if it is connected to the storm or not but it worked fine that day. my husband took the control switch for the washer to have it tested and they said that part hardly ever goes so what now? could there be a relay someplace to try?

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  • stombari Aug 05, 2008

    Since you think that is the problem I just won't have the money to fix it for quite awhile, but thank you for your advice, I appreciate it. I thought it would be a quick fix like a relay switch.

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I'll take a stab at helping you.. If what you said is true in regards to a thuinderstorm, you may have experienced a surge in your power lines that found its way into you control electronics for your washer. Most , if not all of the controls these days are low level voltage components similar to a radio or tv and are sensitive to surges of this kind. The washer may have 'taken a hit' when the transformer failed. The dryer may have also been exposed to the same surge and survived it.Even if they are both plugged into the same power receptacle, there is no guarantee that they would both get damaged or both survive but from your short description of pre and post thunderstorm, there is a good chance your washer controller took a hit. Typically, the control board will activate a solenoid /relay to open a valve and let water into the drum.. but if that board is damaged then that won't operate correctly. Hope that helps...

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

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    Rick Gelin Aug 06, 2008

    Please understand that my comments were based on the information you provided and I am merely speculating on what could have happened. The emphasis is "COULD" have happened. It may be more than coincidence that the washer failed to operate after the power line transformer was damaged by a storm. Having said that, it is possible that the water inlet valve is the failed component anyway. There isn't much to it ( an electrically operated valve containing a coil that when energized, causes the valve to open, allowing water to flow into the washer).. That coil may have been damaged by a voltage spike or surge.

    If possible, can your husband disconnect the water line and remove that water inlet valve from the washer? He may be able to have that part checked and if it is defective, simply replace it. It may be an inexpensive repair afterall. Hope that helps...



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