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Amana washer will spin, won't agitate


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#1 Mursilis

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 10:41 PM

We have an Amana DLW330RAW washer which won't agitate, but it will spin. When it's time in the cycle for it to agitate, we just get a clicking noise from the switch behind the main (cycle) dial. Nothing happens in the tub. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 11:59 PM

Would need to take some voltage measurements at motor with diagram in hand
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:39 AM

no hum or any other noise from Washer Motor ?
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 08:03 AM

no hum or any other noise from Washer Motor ?


Not during the agitate cycle. It will spin, however.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 08:41 AM

sounds like a bad Timer (or connections) (or wiring)
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:16 AM

sounds like a bad Timer (or connections) (or wiring)


Thank you. How would I test the timer?

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:28 AM

Thank you. How would I test the timer?

inspect the Timer plug connection .. loose ?

Voltage measurements at the Wash Motor.
Do you have the Washer wiring diagram ?
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:35 AM

inspect the Timer plug connection .. loose ?

Voltage measurements at the Wash Motor.
Do you have the Washer wiring diagram ?


Thank you. The plug connection looks good and snug. I'll dig out my meter and test the voltage. I think you're right that it's the timer. During the agitate cycle, the clicking noise comes right from the timer.

OK, on further testing, when the machine enters the agitation part of the cycle, it starts to agitate very briefly (1-2 seconds), then the agitator stops, but the motor is still spinning. The belt is not moving, however. Shortly thereafter, the motor stops as well (guessing the overload protector kicks in).

Edited by Mursilis, 27 January 2011 - 10:48 AM.


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Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:26 PM

Would need to take some voltage measurements at motor with diagram in hand

 

So, wouldn't voltage test at motor tell you if the timer is sending power to both direction windings ??

Having run into this in the past, I found that whence you discover the voltage in question is not being applied to the correct winding, the directional wires can be reversed at the motor to verify. The diagram is key for this though


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Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:52 PM

So, wouldn't voltage test at motor tell you if the timer is sending power to both direction windings ??

Having run into this in the past, I found that whence you discover the voltage in question is not being applied to the correct winding, the directional wires can be reversed at the motor to verify. The diagram is key for this though


I found the wiring diagram; it was inside the control panel. I think the wiring is fine - the motor pulley on the bottom of the motor turns the belt in both directions in agitate mode, but the belt simply refuses to move counterclockwise. The pulley at the bottom of the transmission won't turn in that direction.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:58 PM

- the motor pulley on the bottom of the motor turns the belt in both directions in agitate mode,


That don't sound quite right, motor should turn one direction to agitate and the other direction for drain/spin - remove the belt and try unit in agitate and spin, does the motor run in both cases?


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Posted 27 January 2011 - 02:01 PM

Yes, the motor turns in both cases.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 02:03 PM

Problem is not with timer or motor then, is mechanical (transmission/brake/clutch etc)

More than likely transmission ($$$$) .................... :sad:


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Posted 27 January 2011 - 02:07 PM

Yeah, I was afraid of that. Thanks for your help, and everyone else. Will probably just replace the whole thing. The part looks like it's ~$250, and the whole thing only cost $300 or so.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 02:08 PM

Check this thread: http://appliantology...503#entry184503
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 03:14 PM

no hum or any other noise from Washer Motor ?

Not during the agitate cycle.

OK, on further testing, when the machine enters the agitation part of the cycle, it starts to agitate very briefly (1-2 seconds), then the agitator stops, but the motor is still spinning. The belt is not moving, however. Shortly thereafter, the motor stops as well (guessing the overload protector kicks in).

looks like Transmission
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