Question about Whirlpool LHW0050PQ Front Load Washer
Posted this as a solution to a previous problem because I didn't see the link for posting a new problem (didn't realize you had to go to the model number specific area before getting the option to post a problem). So some of this assumes having read the solution to the previous post on this appliance. The LHW0050 does not have a traditional rotary timer and this makes cycle diagnosing a pain in the .... You can turn it off and restart it on separate settings but you can't easily advance it through the cycles to test them in a way I consider to be rigorous. Because what the washer is supposed to do at each cycle setting is a mystery. Even the spin cycle starts slowly and bleeds water in maybe to finish the rinse or whatever on a correctly functioning maching. On a rotary timer, careful spinning of the timer through the arc of its program actually allows you to use the timer cames to simulate each event and to understand what order they are supposed to occur in. I have a LHW0050 washer that is filling and then not doing much else although it seems to agitate a bit, even if I set it to spin. It does drain and then goes into various relatively slow spins in opposite directions and speeds but nothing like the real spin cycle. Maybe these are precursory to clear more water and weight out before engaging the high speed but a guy could have fixed 10 traditional timer appliances while waiting around to see what this one would do. I am assuming if it does anything after filling that it is not the door switch, but maybe the door switch is making occasional contact and then losing it giving unusual results. Are you speaking about an LHW0050 when you say pull up on the top. There are no visible means of dissassembly (I've had the back apart to clear a clog out of the hose that overwhelmed the clever front access filter),but I don't see how the top comes off. Do you pull it forward or backward while pulling up, any screws to undo first? Finally, where is the timing regulation on this machine, is it some solid state unit. Is there any available theory of ops material that can aid in these conditional diagnoses. If there is actually a spinning motorized timer hidden from view, I'm tempted to cut the covering and expose it so I have more control over the cycles, both for repair and operation. I have half dozen of these in service and was reasonably satisfied so I got one for my wife and the inability to address timing or change cycles on the fly or even know what is really going on during the wash cycle is very frustrating. OTherwise doesn't seem like a horribly engineered machine. It is high on the vibration side, obviously especially if a load gets unbalanced. I actually had one jump off one of its 4 shock absorbers during a violent spin cycle. Maybe they tried to put too much in a relatively small package, but, knock on wood, performance has nonetheless been pretty good. I recommend only in slab on grade or solid basement floor applications. I've tried to construct various vibration damping devices from layers of heavy 1/2" think rubber stallmatting attached in multiples to a wood frame with only modest improvement for my installation on a first floor that shakes the whole house. thanks, brian
There is a tech sheet in the washer. If you remove the 3 torx screws in the back for the top and then from the front of the washer you will push on the top from both sides with your palms the top will move back and you will be able to take it off. In the top front you will see a plastic bag that the tech sheet will be in. Remove it and you will find a series of buttons to push to put the washer in a diagnosis mode and from there you will be able to run the washer through out the various cycles. It should tell you whats wrong if anything. Sometimes you just need to clear the micro computer of codes and then the washer will function properly. And the dor switch is accesable from the front.All you have to do is remove the front of the bellows by the front spring, then remove the screws that hold the switch to the panel at the front of the switch and you can remove it. But I doubt its the switch if you do get some function from the washer. Good luck
Posted on Jul 19, 2007
HELLO ... JUST A SUGGESTION. MOST OF THE TIME WHEN FRONT LOADERS MALFUNCTION IT IS BECAUSE THERE IS DEBRI PLUGGING THE DRAIN-LINE WHICH EMPTIES THE WATER BEFORE SPIN CYCLE. DIFFERNT MODELS MAY REQUIRE TOLLS TO REMOVE THE DRAIN/STRAINER ASSEMBLY. VARIOUS OBJECTS LIKE SMALL ARTICLES OF CLOTHING (CHILDRENS SOCKS ETC. HAVE BEEN FOUND. GOOD LUCK.
Posted on Jun 20, 2007
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