I have a GE washer with this timer assembly:
The motor in this beast appears to be dead. Has anyone tried repairing it?
Can it be substituted with a similar motor (there are cheaper assemblies
with similar motors)? Also, is there a place preferably in Canada where I
could order a motor alone?
Probably not ( other than maybe a used dealer ). No parts for the
parts. But there are places that you can send the timer away to have
it rebuilt which normally costs much less than a new timer. Check your
local parts depot or service shop for this service.
Appliance Repair Aid
which normally costs much less than a new timer.<<<
Right! We used to have a fellow (he passed away a few years ago) in town
that rebuilt timers in his home. He replaced the contacts and motors, they
were as good as new at half the price. RM~
Buy the replacement. Had the same item broken in my sister's washer.
The timer gear teeth are made of bakelite of some hard plastic. Some
of the teeth were stripped and that caused the motor to fail, etc. It
a lot less hassle and cheaper just to replace the assembly.
Years back, Synchron made a motor similar to the one you are dealing with.
The motor was usually mounted on a gear box which substantially lowered the
gear ratio, maybe 60 to 1 -- that would be 60 revolutions of the motor to 1
revolution of the output of the gearbox. The motor had very little torque
by itself, and the cover could be removed to examine the rotor. I found a
motor in a water valve for a hot water heating system one time that had a
steel chip -- just a sliver -- stuck in the rotor, which stopped the rotor
from turning. After removing this sliver, the motor continued to run as
previously. I don't know how the sliver got into the rotor. Someone must
have removed the cover from the motor at one time and somehow the sliver got
into it. Maybe you could take the cover off the motor you are dealing with,
if that is possible. See if the rotor can spin freely. Apply the indicated
voltage to the leads and see what happens. Those motors can last a long
time, even when stalled.
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