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GE WPSE4270 Washer - Won't Spin


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#1 mgould

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 07:46 PM

Hello,

I have a frustrating problem with my GE Washer WPSE4270.  The spin cycle is not working.  The agitator cycle, pump (i.e. it drains fine) work well.  The transmission seems quiet and does not leak.  The belt is in good condition, the lid switch works.  The issue is that after the agitator cycle, the spin cycle clicks on, the drum turns a turn or so, then stops.  I hear the motor humming and it gets hot.  I can turn the belt and drum freely. 

My fear is that the motor is bad, but I am not confident enough to take a flyer on a $165 part when I am not sure.  Is there a spin solenoid or something like that that could be the culprit?

Thanks for any and all suggestions.


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Posted 19 October 2005 - 11:41 AM

This doesn't sound good....can the transmission pulley be turned freely by hand in both directions?
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Posted 19 October 2005 - 12:46 PM

Thanks for the reply. The transmission can turn in both directions.  The tub only turns when I turn it clockwise.  The tranny seems fine to me.

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Posted 19 October 2005 - 12:49 PM

OK...next thing is to try the spin cycle with the belt unhooked, see how the motor behaves.
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Posted 19 October 2005 - 03:32 PM

Interesting, I removed the belt and the motor spins.  It is acting a bit strange though.  When the spin cycle is initiated, it starts up, then stops, makes a noise like it is rewinding, then starts up again.  It does this for a few times, then kicks into full spin cycle mode. 

Anyway, based on this, it sure seems like the overload switch is being tripped in the motor.  Am I right?  What do you think?  Any hopes of repair?. 


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Posted 19 October 2005 - 03:41 PM

I believe there were issues with the motors on these - I think this was mentioned here lately, Apparently, GE do a motor/wiring harness/capacitor kit. Can you post your full model number?
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Posted 19 October 2005 - 03:48 PM

Full model number is WPSE4270A0WW

It's several years old. Can't remember exactly when we bought it.  Maybe even 10 yrs ago.

I did see the new motor and capacitor, etc.  Can that capacitor be retrofitted or should the entire unit be replaced?


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Posted 19 October 2005 - 04:22 PM

I'd strongly recommend doing the full kit.

GE P/N is WH49X10035, about $165 from our friends at RepairClinic.com.
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Posted 19 October 2005 - 05:13 PM

ok, thanks for all your help




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