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Frigidaire Gallery FWT449GF agitate, spin issues


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#1 AZ Washer

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:43 PM

We've got a 1998 front-load Frigidaire Gallery (Model # FWT 449GF). Machine has stopped agitating and spinning, but will fill and drain.

I disassembled the covers and checked inside. By pressing the door with my knee, I got the drain and spin cycle to function briefly and then the timer moves to the 'off' position. I replaced the electronic door lock and plastic activator on the door, but it continues to drain and spin only when I pressed the door with my knee. So, I know that the motor itself works, as does the drain motor. But no water filling or agitation & spin only sometimes with knee to door.

In 2003 I replaced the timer and the lock. In 2004 I replaced the speed control. The fault now may be one of these (the timer or the speed control, but not the lock). Nothing happens with the motor or water-fill during any of the wash cycles - only during the drain and spin cycles and only when I press the door shut.

The detergent tray door seems to function (I've tried it by setting the long black plastic arm at top front at both settings). I know nothing of the water sensor. Could not having water in the tub cause the machine not to agitate while trying to diagnose it? How do I check for a problem here?

My major questions are: would replacing the speed control or the timer likely solve the problem? Is there some control switch I haven't considered (water level, uneven load, door or detergent tray door) that would cause the machine to pump and spin only and not perform the other functions of fill and agitate?

Thanks so much for your time and expertise. If we're gonna replace this dog, we ought to do it during the Labor Day appliance sales this weekend.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 10:01 PM

... By pressing the door with my knee, I got the drain and spin cycle to function briefly
... I replaced the electronic door lock and plastic activator on the door,
... drain and spin only when I pressed the door with my knee.
... spin only sometimes with knee to door.
... drain and spin cycles and only when I press the door shut.

sounds like the Hinge / Door / Latch may be damaged / out of adjustment
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Posted 04 September 2011 - 12:20 AM

Thanks for the quick response.

There is no agitation under any scenario. Would that conform with a hinge/door/latch issue?

Is there a way to test a door/hinge problem without replacing the door?

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 01:10 AM

all L1 power (except Door Lamp and Door lock) goes through the Door Switch

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