Question about Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load Washer

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I'm also having trouble with the Elite Calypso as it seems many mnay people are, what can we all do, Sears won't do a thing without charging top dollar

Kenmore Elite Washer with Calypso. We have one that is about 4 or 5 years old, we are the second owners of this home and washer was here. Yesterday it stopped mid cycle, and the clothes were soaked, so I cleared code which I did not notice and started it again, same thing happened with-in a minute but "Ld" code came up then I moved the drain hose around and it made it through the complete cycle. Today it isn't working again only and error code "SL" came on so I did what manual said and it worked for a minute then the error code "ob" came on so I opened the lid shuffled the clothes around and it was a very small load that this should not have happened; it made it through the rest of the cycle. I then tried to run an empty load to see what happens but cannot because "ob" keeps coming on and stopping the machine even with nothing in it.

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  • Anonymous Sep 03, 2008

    ld keeps popping up wont drain.

  • jbohringer1 Sep 04, 2008

    same thing. I think the whole calypso leveling system is wore out. I took it apart and it don't look good. 6 years old.



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After discovering the high cost professional repair, I accessed this website to determine whether the problem might be a quick fix. Thank you very much for your expert advice! Thanks to you, I saved hundreds of dollars.

Symptoms: Cycle halts with little/no draining, followed by error displays, especially "ob" and "ld". Occasional leakage of several cups of water.

Problem: Several underwires from various females' undergarmets had become lodged in the last drain compartment, just before water exits to the drain hose.

Solution: Once the clog/wires were removed, the machine functioned normally.

Process: First disconnect power and water supplies to the unit. Next, determine if someting is stuck in the drain hose or in the compartment that empties into it by removing the back panel. In my case, I could see wires and clogs of lint through the translucent yellow plastic of the bottom compartment.

To acces the clog, I drained most of the water by lowering the end of the drain hose as much as possible before disconnecting it, then sucked the rest up with a wet/dry vac when I removed the hose. Then I was able to pull the wires out through the drain holes (it was necessary to disconnect the other three hoses from that compartment) using a coat hanger bent and twisted appropriately.

Total time for a "handy" amateur that had never worked on a major appliance before: 1-2 hours. $ saved on a repair housecall: $200-300

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I'll bet the drain pump is slipping. See my post above. I was able to do a temporary fix by gluing the pump motor shaft in the pump rotor. It is still working 100%.

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