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Washer Does not go on.


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#1 rkharper58

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 07:50 PM

My washer won't turn on.Tryed turning timer to diferent positions but no luck. Is this problem a bad timer? Any suggestions?

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 08:15 PM

Are you sure it's plugged in?

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Posted 02 July 2005 - 03:19 AM

It's plugged in and the outlet works. I can here a buzzing coming from behind the control knob.How can I test to see if the timer is no good or if there is a different problem?

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Posted 02 July 2005 - 03:52 AM

Samurai's 6th Law of Appliance Repair illumines us in the time of darkness, "Begin troubleshooting right at the problem." In light of this timless wisdom, let us focus our newly-illumined squinties on the motor to see whether or not it's getting voltage from the timer. Your multimeter and the wiring diagram for your washer are required.

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Posted 02 July 2005 - 05:50 AM

Washer filled up but did not finish cycle and did not drain.Changing to different cycle settings gets no results.Can hear a slight buzzing by control. HELP!!! Should I try to replace timer???

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Posted 02 July 2005 - 05:51 AM

It does not fill nor will it spin???  With the lid closed???  If the fill valve is bad the washer will just buzz till it is full of water, but it would spin ok.
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Posted 02 July 2005 - 08:25 AM

I drained the tub and tryed it again. The washer fills up but does not spin with the lid closed.

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Posted 02 July 2005 - 04:53 PM

Ok, what seems to be the problem......First you say...."My washer won't turn on" ...Then you say...."Washer filled up but did not finish cycle and did not drain"...Then you say....."The washer fills up but does not spin with the lid closed"   You have gone from your washer will not turn on, to it is filling but did not drain, to washer fills but will not spin....  This  washer fills, then agitates, then draines, then spins.   Explain exactly what it is and is not doing, leaving the timer reference out of the mix.   Somehow I get the vision the washer does come on, and fills and agitates but then goes dead for drain and spin because the lid was dropped and the lid switch was broken which means the washer went dead after it agitated and just sits there full of water and dead.  But then I read..."I drained the tub and tryed it again"....How did you drain this tub????
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Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:16 AM

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 06:01 AM

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 07:09 AM

Sorry for the confusion...
From what my wife told me, the clothes were loaded, detergent etc and the lid was closed, it fully filled with water. The agitation cycle started. It was only opened again when we noticed the washer was not working. The lid did not drop down. The control knob was in the position just before the first rinse when it stopped working. The tub was still fully filled with water. We emptied it by syphoning with a hose. At this time the only thing that works or makes any noise is the water filling, no other cycle works under Perm press or delicate works. Hope this clears any confusion, if you need any other information please let me know.

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 08:12 AM

RK,   usually with no spin or drain you would be looking at the lid switch broken.   You did say it was agitating at first.  Now you get nothing just fill...this could be the coupler.   You can tip it back to see if you have some debris from the coupler under the washer...black pieces of rubber on the floor.   This would be evident that the coupler is broken.   Samurai has some good pics you can look at on this site.....let us know what you find...Ron

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 08:47 AM

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 12:41 PM

Would suspect the lid switch is broken.........
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Posted 03 July 2005 - 01:00 PM

since we seem to be collecting votes on the obvious,i'll second pegi's motion to at leas give the lid switch theory a shot- has the striker come off of the lid so it no longer depresses the lid switch,or did the lid switch mechanism simply break as previously suggested,and note that the lid dropping may of happened sometime in the past,but chose now as the proper time to raise your dander.(lid switches have feelings too)
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Posted 03 July 2005 - 01:12 PM

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 01:27 PM

Ron,
No black pieces on floor. Wouldn't the motor run or still make a noise if the couple is broken? I want to test the lid switch with a ohm meter but can't figure out how to get to it.Do you know a easy way on this model "LA5580XTW0" to get to the lid switch or how to remove the top to get to the lid switch??

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 03:20 PM

This link shows how to access the lid switch....
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Posted 04 July 2005 - 06:31 AM

Pegi,
Thanks for the reply and diagram on how to get to the lid switch. I found the leads to the switch which you can check by using the terminal block that is shown on your diagram.When the lid closes it makes a connection and when the lid is open I get no reading on the ohm meter.

It looks to me that the lid switch is O.K.

Any other suggestions??

Thanks ALOT to you and everyone for their help!!!!

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 12:50 PM

If it fills and agitates then goes dead for drain/spin, I have no other ideas..unless the plunger on the lid that pushes on this switch is missing, or the motor is not getting voltage to run in the oposite direction.
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