I have power at the plug and through the lid switch but nothing happens when I push a button. If I unplug the machine for several hours it will work for one load but then have to go through the same process all over again. It is a Whirlpool Calypso Model #GVW9959KQZ
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If cleaning doesn't help, remove the top of the cabinet to get at the
switch. With the switch exposed, check the screws for looseness. Loose
screws can cause the switch to move when the lid is closed or as the
machine goes through its cycles. Check the terminals of the switch to
make sure they're tight. Tighten the mounting screws after the switch is
in alignment.Step 3: Test the switch with a VOM set to the RX1 scale; procedures for using the VOM are detailed here.
Disconnect the power leads to the switch terminals and clip one probe
of the VOM to each terminal. Close the lid of the washer. If the meter
reads zero, the switch is working. If not, the switch is faulty and
should be replaced.Step 4: If
necessary, replace the lid switch with a new one of the same type.
Connect the new switch in exactly the same way the old one was connected
Moving sometimes throws things out or disconnects wiring.
Unplug machine from power source.
First thing that you can check is the lid switch. Open the machine lid and locate the lid swith. With a flat screw driver, push down on the lid switch and listen closly to see if you can hear a clicking sound.
If that is OK then the wiring in the machine need to be checked. Something may have come loose. If you are not confident checking the wiring throughout the machine, call a technician.
Always have the machine unplugged when checking wiring .
I've had a similiar problem on my calypso. In my case the key pad would go dead after washing or pushing stop after a few minutes. If I unpluged the unit for a few minutes it would work again. This would appear to be in the controller board. I removed the board and inspected it finding no problems. After re-installing the board the washer appears to be working again. My conclusion is that there is a loose connector/connection. I'd suggest you remove and re-install all the connectors on the controller board. This is the board closest to the power chord.
If your washer doesn't seem to work at all, check these:
No power Lid switch No power
Check to see whether power is getting to the washing machine. Is it plugged in? Has a fuse blown or is a circuit breaker tripped?
If the lid switch is defective, your washer can't spin and may not function at all. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washer to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.
Some machines have a special lid-switch fuse near the lid switch, inside the control panel. If this fuse blows, the unit won't fill with water until you replace the fuse.
Check the lid switch. There should be a small pin on the lid that will push the lid switch down when it is closed. There are two wires going to the lid switch, jump these two wires together and if it works then replace the switch.
You ever hear of dog years? Well Calypso follows those same guidelines. So your machine is 35 years old. These are the Edsel's of washing machine fame. I had a Calypso for 6 1/2 years. 3 pumps, numerous circuit boards, drive motors, phone calls and arguements with Whirlpool, along with machine downtime. I finally junked it and bought a Whirlpool Duet 9200 HT (get the made in Germany machine). A world of difference in wash quality. Fresh smelling unballed clean clothes. The Calypso was removed from the market and the subject of a class action lawsuit. Just Google it and start reading. Get comfortable first. There's a lot to read.