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#1 rkharper58

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 04:09 PM

My Whirlpool (LA5580xtwo) washer will fill up then just stops. No agitation,rinse spin or drain. Replaced timer,checked lid switch with ohm meter(checked out OK)and checked for broken coupling pieces(none).If the coupling is bad shouldn't I still hear the motor running??? Any ideas what I can check next and how to check it???

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 04:11 PM

I would jump right down to the motor and see if it's getting voltage but not running. No voltage, next stop is the pressure switch.

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 05:58 PM

I see no reference to a brand or model number, but the mention of a coupler leads me to believe this is a Whirlpool/Kenmore/Roper/Estate/Kitchenaide washer.  There is a service pointer out on some of these washers about the fill level switch not giving power to the timer after the washer fills.  This is what I would be checking first.
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 06:15 PM

Where is the fill level switch and the presure switch located.Any part #'s and how can I check these? Whirlpool LA5580xtwo

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 06:38 PM

The fill level switch and pressure switch are the same, it is the switch that you set the water level with in the console.  Unplug the washer, loosen the console, flip it over the back of the washer and use your ohm meter to see if there is power to the timer via the purple (V) wire and either tan or pink with the washer full of water.  Cannot remember if tan or pink is full or empty right now, but the schmetic on the back inside of the washer under the console will show you which is empty or full.
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Posted 07 July 2005 - 03:27 PM

I can never remember, either-- getting too old to trust my memory any-damn-way. Fortunately, I don't need to remember, that's why the pot-bellied Buddha gave us wiring diagrams.

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 03:35 AM

How can I check if the motor is bad?

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 03:55 AM

Wrong question.  You should ask, "How can I check the pressure switch?"

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 05:16 AM

Copy/paste of reply before the question "how do I check the motor"   The fill level switch and pressure switch are the same, it is the switch that you set the water level with in the console.  Unplug the washer, loosen the console, flip it over the back of the washer and use your ohm meter to see if there is power to the timer via the purple (V) wire and either tan or pink with the washer full of water.  Cannot remember if tan or pink is full or empty right now, but the schmetic on the back inside of the washer under the console will show you which is empty or full.
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Posted 08 July 2005 - 03:54 PM

Since I wasn't sure how to check the voltage on the presure switch, I went ahead and replaced it. Still no agitation or any other cycle. The washer fills up to the top and probably would overflow if I don't shut it off. Do I have to recalabrate the new pressure switch? What should I check for next??

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 04:05 PM

You have to get the water out of the hose that runs to the pressure switch. Get a pair if needle nose plyers, take the hose off the switch, blow air into the hose untill you hear it bubble it the tub, then pinch the hose with the needlenose( a few inches from the end ) and put it on the switch without letting the water come back up the tube.

If this don't work, check for a broken wire going to the motor. Also, check the red wires around the capacitor

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