Frigidaire Gallery Front Load Washer and Dryer questions
Posted 29 August 2005 - 07:34 AM
Dryer is taking more than one cycle, usually 2 cycles at 70 minutes/cycle to dry. I have been told that there are 2 elements in this unit and that one may be blown...of course, I haven't cleaned out the lint in the hoses latelly nor vacuumed out the lint around the filter slot which would probably help. Soem additional info - I have the dryer rigged so that the exhaust goes down into the basemnet before making a 12 foot run through the cellar window (is that too far of a run?). Now the dryer seems to be automatically shutting off before the cycle is complete.
Washer Model #FWT445GES1
Washer won't run unless door is pressed close. Its not autolocking the door....
Posted 29 August 2005 - 08:26 AM
Washer - check your door catch. does it look like this?
Also remove it from the door, these can crack across the middle and not be obvious.
Posted 29 August 2005 - 09:48 AM
Washer - the Picture of the catch is similar except the orientation (your pic is upside down compared to how mine is mounted on the door. The upper arm (as your pic presents it) appears to be thicker than mine. Mine is slimmer and (what you cant see) is the L - shape the part has on its tip that I think is the operative part of the lock. The L on mine shows no cracks, no obvious signs of wear and is solid (there is no crack where it mounts to the door and it feels rock solid).
From what I can tell the lock is activated by the other arm (the lower arm in your pic). This triggers a slide lock to come across and catch the L-shape as described above. Its almost as if the lock mechanism no longer can sufficiently hold the door to satisfy the pressure requirements of a switch(mounted somewhere) that, when sufficiently depressed, tells the machine its safe to run. Is that right?
Posted 29 August 2005 - 10:16 AM
As for the washer...there were issues with these door catches. Frigidaire revised the door lock/catch about 4 years ago, and no longer manufacture the style of lock mechanism used in your machine. They now do a conversion kit , Frigidaire part number 131888900. In your situation, I'd be inclined to try replacing the catch first. Frigidaire part number 131279001, just over $7 from the link above.
Posted 14 September 2005 - 10:54 AM
Should I purchase the "latch" instead? Is this something I can replace myself?
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