My Whirlpool direct drive washer fills with water, but doesn't advance
through the cycles. If I turn the dial to different section of the
cycle, I still can't get it to agitate, spin, or drain. It doesn't make
any noise at all in any of those cycles, but will continue to fill if I
up the desired water level and move the dial to a spot where it would
Where should I look to troubleshoot this? Is it worth testing the lid
switch? I would think that that doesn't affect agitating, but I'm not
Any help would be appreciated!
The lid switch affects agitation in commercial washers. The few
residential washers I've used only have only the spin disabled when the
lid is open.
Do you have a multimeter? If so, I would: 1) Unplug the washer from
the electrical outlet. 2) Pop the washer top, which usually just
requires prying with a screwdriver at the front. and 3) Test for
continuity of the lid switch when open/closed.
I know this washer agitates with the lid open (or it did, when it was
working!). Could the lid switch still be the culprit? Or is it more
likely to be somewhere in the timer?
It doesn't use the motor to drain, right? So it isn't likely to be in
I would look to see if there is a little pile of rubber grindings under the
washer. If so, the direct drive coupler has disintegrated. I don't believe
that I could hear the motor running on mine when it went out.
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I have a whirlpool that does the same thing from time to time, usually it
happens when the washer is overloaded, or un balanced.
I've since made sure not to really fill it up, and had no problems, (10 +
IF the lid switch is bad, bypass it. If it still doesn't work, or if
the switch was good to begin with:
The three things it won't do all require the motor. Filling doesn't.
I'd check to see the connector is on the motor. check if the motor
is physically hot at all. Maybe something is jammed and won't rotate.
Check if there is 110v at the connnector when the timer is in one of
the three phases it won't do.
You don't have to be under the washer for all these tests, if you
don't want to be.. Get some wires with alligator clips, witth rubber
covers, on each end, and clip several in a row if you need to, adn
the meter to them. Or connect lamp cord to the loose alligator clips.
Lay any exposed metal parts on newspaper, or tape them temorarily,
before turning the power on.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
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