I have a Whirlpool LA9800XP Solid State Mark Series belt driven washing
machine. A few weeks ago the final spin stop working. In spin mode, the
engine runs and sounds normal but it does not spin. Power off/on and
manually press spin button did not help. Engine runs with no spin still. But
if wait for 10 minutes, power on and press spin button, it runs fine again.
However the break time is getting longer. Now I have to wait 3~4 hours
before the spin mode works again.
Initially I thought it was the lid switch went bad so I removed the switch
and connected wires direct to bypass the switch. It was not help. So it's
not the lid switch problem. Please advise what could be the problem and
what part should I get to replace.
Thanks in advance for suggestions!
The first thing I'd think of would be the belt - either worn out, broken, or
in need of tension adjustment. It's also the last thing I'd want to check
because I assume it's a pain in the neck to get to.
Circuit boards can develop bad solder joints which open (break contact) when
temperatures vary, which is why technicians will often spray boards with
freezer spray or heat them with a heat gun (small version of a hair dryer,
but hotter). This is probably just informative, but not helpful. However, a
bad solder joint could also be aggravated by vibration, and there's plenty
of that in a washing machine.
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