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Whirlpool LSR7233E does not fill agitates right away

I have a Whirlpool Supreme 7 cycle 2 speed washer. At the beginning of the wash cycle the machine starts to agitate right away but does not fill with water. If memory serves, the cycle used to wait for the tub to fill before agitating.

Filling the machine manually with cold water will cause the washer to agitate and then stop, then agitate some more, etc. I can hear clicking noises ... sounds like some sort of solenoid going on and off. After a minute the washer will stop with a low buzzing noise. Letting the machine sit for 30 minutes allows the scenario to repeat.

Manually advancing the program to spin/rinse causes he machine to empty the water in the tub and enter the spin cycle. No rinse water is used but the machine does spin, emptying the water, then shuts off.

Any ideas how to fix

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  • Richard Burke Aug 24, 2008

    Verified the following at the pressure switch: 120V to purple and pink, no voltage to purple and tan while at the "fill" stage of the cycle.

    The hot and cold water lines into the washer have good pressure and the screens are clear.


  • Richard Burke Aug 25, 2008

    Using an ohm meter with power disconnected shows purple to tan is a
    closed circuit with no pressure. Purple to pink is an open circuit.
    Blowing into the switch does nothing. Confirms results from voltage
    tests I guess (diagnostic tests thanks to catriver). This means power to motor and none to water inlet I think.

  • jjmerritt340 Jan 18, 2009

    My kenmore 80 series is doing simular stuff. Mine fills and agitates at the same time.The water level switch will shut off when the water gets high enough. The agitation is very fast, faster than normal and faster than heavy duty..agitation is the same too fast speed at all settings. The problem started when Iafter I took the machine apart to clean it. Tub, pump,gear box and all.so what did I mess up?

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It sounds like the motor drive coupler has broken. This means the motor is no longer turning the gearcase, but it is turning the pump. It will be repaired under warranty if it is only 7 months old. You should have a full one year warranty on the washer. If not, he can probably fix it, but it will need a new coupler. He can tilt the machine back and see the coupler between the motor and transmission from underneath. I can walk you through replacing it if you want, but I wouldn't recommend it if it is still under warranty. There could possibly be something more major wrong that has caused it to break and some of the factory servicers are real picky about customers working on a machine under warranty. If you need it running tonight, he may be in trouble.

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Your door lid has a switch that makes these functions work.First open the lid and look at the right side of it.Does it have a arm on it?If it does follow the direction where it is going to hit and now listn closely while your lifting the door up & down at this contact  can you hear it click?If its not clicking  or the arm is broken  off the lid replace  the lid switch/or the broken lid switch arm.

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