My 10 year old Whirlpool model LSR5233AWO washer fills with the
correct temp & level of water and agitates the load normally. When
the timer knob pointer is between the WASH settings and RINSE,
everything stops. The timer pointer does not advance any further, the
soapy water doesn't get dumped and there's no spin.
I siphoned the water out the first time it happened, unplugged the
washer and let it sit for a day. Next day I plugged it back in and
tried another small load. Same thing happened, at what appears to be
the same point in the wash cycle.
I'm thinking the timer is shot but before I sink a hundred bucks into
a replacement I'm wondering if something else could be causing the
problem. I tried manually pushing the door interlock switch with a
screwdriver to see if the timer would advance on its own but it
I fixed the problem!!!!!!!
From other, older posts by people with similar washer problems, I
learned that the washer will not spin as long as it has water in the
tub. This prevents the motor from burning out and/or water being spun
all over the laundry room.
After I finally figured out how to read the timer contact matrix in
the schematics, I checked all the timer outputs with an ohm meter and
they were correct. Since my major problem was the machine not
draining the water, I started following the DRAIN gray wire output
from the timer. Lo and behold, the gray wire went through the lid
switch before running down to the water pump or discharge solenoid.
One of the first things I'd tried when this problem occured was
pushing the lid switch with a screwdriver. It made no difference, so
I assumed the switch was good. However, when I actually ohmed out the
leads going to the switch, I discovered it was always open. Seems
that the contacts inside the switch are completely shot, to the point
that even operating it with a screwdriver won't cause them to make.
I've disconnected the leads going to the lid switch and jumpered them
together. This in effect sends the voltage for draining the tub
straight down below instead of routing it through the lid switch
first. The machine works fine now. Eventually I'll get around to
buying a new switch. Or not.
I admire your troubleshooting and am glad you have it working. However, you
do need to be aware of what hazards the lid switch is designed to prevent.
If someone (you or anyone else) tries to remove clothing before the tub
stops spinning completely it is possible to have a hand or arm severly
twisted by a tangle with the clothing. It is also possible for the tub to
start up again if someone tries to remove clothing when the tub stops but
the timer has not completed its cycle. I would definitely replace the switch
as soon as possible. It's cheap insurance.
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