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Recently our LSQ8243H Washer stopped in the middle of the cycle. The first couple of times it happened all we had to do was open and close the lid and everything was fine. Now it stops and we have to adjust the timer dial. Is it a bad switch? Or is the motor going bad? Or what else could it be that sounds expensive? (lol) Thanks!

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Hi, I'd like to help diagnose your problem but I may need a bit more information. Based on what you stated, I assume you have a top loading WHR washer with an electromechanical timer... the kind that you turn and it clicks. Anyway, you stated that the washer stopped in the middle of the cycle and that simply opening and closing the lid would fix it for a while. I suspect that your lid safety switch may be cracked and isn't being actuated by the plunger on the lid. If this is the case, the washer would function properly until it reached the point in the cycle where it should spin. Then it would stop at that point in the cycle. This makes sense that opening and closing the lid might "fix" it for a while. Also, if the switch got bad enough that opening / closing the lid didn't work anymore, you could rotate the timer dial just past the spin area and the cycle would continue. Have you noticed the clothes are wetter at the end of the cycle?

Anyway, check the lid switch first and then repost if you rule it out.

Good luck.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011


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