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Washing machine problem: timing switch or motor?

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  1. Meat Plow

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    A mechanical timer should continue to advance regardless of the water
    level should it not?


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  2. Not usually intermittent which seems to be the symptom.
     
  3. James Sweet

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    I had that exact problem with an ancient GE dryer. Turned out the timer
    motor winding was open, how that happened I don't know, but it was a
    120V timer so maybe the dryer lost ground at some point. At any rate
    after a fruitless search for a reasonably priced timer or motor I wound
    up opening the motor with a hacksaw, removing the hundreds of turns of
    hair thin wire from the spool then re-winding it with #28 magnet wire. I
    connected the rewound motor to a 7.5VAC transformer and 3 years later
    it's still working.
     
  4. James Sweet

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    It depends on the washer, the timer in mine stops at various points and
    waits for the cycle to complete.
     
  5. Not on some washers, perhaps most. To account for vaying water pressure
    and thus flow rates, the timer motor power is cut off in the fill cycle
    until the water level is correct for the selected size of the load. So,
    if that pressure switch fails to close, there could be a mess I guess. :)
    But if the contacts were intermittent and the logic was set up such that
    the switch still prevented the timing motor from running if they opened
    even during the agitate cycle, it could explain the beahvior described
    by the original poster. Maybe. :)

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  6. Jack

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    Could also be the motor is resetting the overload switch -- Result
    resets switch overheats, turns the motor off, resets after cooling
    down and recycles again.
    Better see what's happenings with the cover of and clamp on ammeter in
    place.
     
  7. BE

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    Well, I solved the problem the easy way. I found a used Whirlpool washer and
    dryer set (pretty old but working fine) on Craigslist from a guy who needed
    to get out of his apartment by the end of the month. He was so eager to put
    his apartment in clean, inspectable order that he even got a friend to help
    him and they DELIVERED the set to me. He only wanted $100 (I gave him an
    extra twenty and told him to take his friend to lunch for helping).

    Then I put my old set up on the For Free section of Craigslist, and had 15
    inquiries within a couple hours. I had a guy come by and pick them up.

    Set moved in and set moved out without leaving the house!

    I love Craigslist!!!

    Bee
     
  8. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    Heh, cool. There's a Freecycle list in this area. We bought a new sofa and
    put the old one and love seat on it and had 50 people that wanted them.


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  9. neon

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    go to repairclinick.com they will tell youexactly what is wrong and sell you the part cheaply.that is my advice
     
  10. jakdedert

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    BE wrote:
    Shoot! Now we'll never know....

    Me too. Had a house which we sold for the property only. We recycled
    what we could, Craigslisters took much of the rest. The buyer was happy
    that he only needed one dumpster to haul off the remainder.....

    jak
     
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