I recently purchased a Kenmore Model YPE111 top loading washing machine
to replace a twenty year old Whirlpool washer which had given us
faithful service for far longer than I could believe.
Shortly after we started using our new machine we noticed that sometimes
when the timer advanced to a point where a drain/spin cycle should start
the machine "stalled". The motor did not run and an electrical hum could
be heard for about a minute, until it stopped with a "click" which
sounded to me like a thermal circuit breaker popping. This happened even
with a VERY light load of clothes in the tub.
The machine would remain completely "dead" for about 15 minutes, and if
the timer knob hadn't been moved by hand the hum would start again (When
the thermal breaker reset?).
If we nudged the timer knob ahead a tiny bit during that humming sound,
the drain/spin cycle would start and the remainder of the wash would
A Sears tech came out and blamed it on the timer. He replaced the timer
a few days ago and that "stall" with a "hum and click" hasn't happened
But now, at some points in a "normal" cycle the machine's motor stops,
everything is quiet as a mouse, and after about what seems like one
"advance" of the timer knob (about 30 seconds) the motor starts and the
cycle proceeds again.
I asked the tech who replaced the timer and he stated it was "normal",
he'd observed it before, but he didn't know "why" it happened.
I never noticed that "stopping" on our old Whirlpool, and this machine
isn't supposed to have any "soak" cycles. I can't think of why it would
be a designed in feature, unless maybe to make sure everything has
stopped moving before they reverse the motor, so there's no shock like
you'll get from shifting a car into reverse while it's still rolling
Is the tech correct about those "pauses" being normal or are they maybe
something I should be concerned about while the machine is still in
(W1BSV + Brass Rat \'57 EE)
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