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How to manually release the brake on a GE washer top-load washer and assess proper brake operation

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Washing Machine Repair 12 November 2013 · 1,070 views
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In order to see the brake release mechanism, you will either need to tilt the washer back and take the bottom panel off or use a mirror. When you rotate the pulley, the cam dog should rotate towards the brake hub dog and a gap should open up between the cam hub and brake hub. If this is happening, then the brake release is probably ok and if you rotate the pulley hard and fast and the metallic clanking sound you hear is the two dogs hitting each other, then the brake release is again, probably ok. This means something is jamming the inner tub from turning. Could be clothing between the tubs, a seized tub bearing, a worn split ring (drive block) or the inner tub hub is bad. A worn split ring or bad tub hub can causes the inner tub to rub against the outer tub preventing it from rotating. You will need to remove the agitator and inner tub to figure out the problem.

BTW, make sure the transmission pulley nut is tight. A loose nut can prevent the brake release from working.


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Source: How can I bypass door sensor on GE washer WLSE3150A0WW


How to fix the PE error code in an LG washer dryer combo unit

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Washing Machine Repair, Dryer Repair 06 November 2013 · 5,531 views
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"PE" error:

Water Level Pressure Sensor Error.

1) Verify that the black tube is still connected to the Water Level Sensor at the top of the washer---and to the Air Bell at the bottom of the tub.

2) Remove the black tube from the Water Level Sensor---and blow into tube---to clear a possible blockage. Reconnect and test washer.

3) Water Level Pressure Sensors (6601ER1006E) *rarely* fail.

Source: LG Combo Washer/dryer not drying


How to troubleshoot an LG front load washer with no display or power

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Washing Machine Repair 06 November 2013 · 2,009 views
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Remove the Top Cover of the washer.

Trace/follow the *plug* inside the washer---to the Electrical Noise Filter (6201EC1006L)

Pull off the *white* plug---use a test meter to check for 120V at the *white* plug (if no power---the fault is outside of the washer)

Re-connect the *white* plug back into the Noise Filter

Pull off the *pink* plug from the Noise Filter---test for 120V at the **Noise Filter** (NOT at the pink plug)

If no 120V at the Noise Filter---replace it.

If 120V is measured at the Noise Filter---replace the Main Board (EBR64144911)

Source: LG front load washer, no power


How to get the error codes in a Frigidaire Affinity front load washer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Washing Machine Repair 29 October 2013 · 1,146 views
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1. Wake the washer by pressing any button.
2. Wait 5 seconds.
3. Press and HOLD the Start/Pause and Cancel buttons simultaneously.
As long as the buttons are held, the failure code will appear in the display as an E followed by two numbers,
a number and a letter or two letters.
The control will beep and the Door Lock, Wash, Rinse, and Final Spin indicator lights will flash.

For model ATF8000FE1

Source: Affinity keeps shutting off


Troubleshooting a Whirlpool Duet Washer with an F11 error code and repairing it without replacing parts

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Washing Machine Repair 23 October 2013 · 5,303 views
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Many appliance servicers have been befuddled by the elusive and mysterious F11 error code in these Whirlpool Duet front loading washers (also sold under the Kenmore brand). In their confusion and frustration, many will go into Parts Changing Monkey mode and start blindly replacing expensive control boards without really fixing the problem (but still charging the customer, of course).

The Appliance Guru never does business that way. Customers hire me to solve a problem. Period. I give a quote up-front for the complete repair cost and I stick to it. If my diagnosis is wrong, that's my problem, not the customer's and it won't cost them a penny more than what I quoted.

How can I offer professional appliance repair services this way and stay in business? Well, it means I better know what I'm doing and be able to do real troubleshooting, not just throw parts at the problem and hope to get lucky.

The infamous and all-too-common F11 error code in these Whirlpool Duet front load washers is a case-in-point. The tech sheet inside the washer says this is a communications error between two control boards: the CCU (central control unit) and MCU (motor control unit). Even Whirlpool's own technical guidance for this error is abysmal; they say to replace the CCU and if that doesn't fix it, then replace the MCU. This is why there is so much confusion among appliance repair techs in the field. Each of these control boards costs well north of $200 and the CCU in particular goes on frequent backorder, adding lots more cost and inconvenient downtime to the customer.

As I show in the video, the F11 error code problem in these Whirlpool Duet washers can almost always be repaired without replacing any expensive control boards. It's at least an easy and inexpensive repair to try before replacing the CCU or the MCU.

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