A friend posted this on another group I belong to (not a Usenet group):
"We bought a new high efficiency GE washer in May 2006. It has worked fine
until today. When my wife started a load of wash last nite, it started
working and we thought everything was fine. This morning, the power button
does not work, the door is locked and the wash and water are in the machine.
We tried unplugging the washer. We tried resetting the circuit breaker( it
was not tripped). Any help would be appreciated as we called a repair guy,
but they can not come out until Monday. We are leaving this evening for the
weekend. Thanks in advance."
I'll pass along any suggestions.
This a front or top loader? Never had one other than top and nothing
kept door from opening while unpowered, water or no.
Sorry, no clue other than see if there's any reset or fuse one can find
on the unit itself.
Try googling the appliance repair/parts places--sometimes their FAQs or
tips are pretty insightful for common symptoms. I like simple so at
least if it stops while the tubs full I can use a drill pump or slip the
hose off the pump intake and empty it. If can't get door open, that's
Thanks all. The person I posted this for just wrote back that he was able
to get a repair person to come out a short time ago. The problem turned out
to be a blockage in the water discharge (which apparently caused the "lock
up" where the door won't open, the washer won't run, etc.).
I noticed that this computerized feature on newer washers makes it
impossible for someone to do simple things like stop the wash cycle in the
middle, add or take out an article of clothing, and resume the cycle.
Supposedly, it is some kind of safety feature so people can't open the lid
while the tub is spinning etc. Seems stupid to me, but I guess that's how
they work now.
It may not be as stupid as you think, especially with a front loader.
My machine spins at 1100 RPM. I'm glad I can't open the door while
it's spinning! I can, however, hit a pause button, wait for the door
to unlock and then have it continue where it left off.
In addition, with many of the upper end models which sense the amount
of water they need and how much dirt is in the water, adding/removing
clothes in the middle of a cycle might not result in the most
All in all, I'll take my high tech machine over anything I've had in
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