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GE Little swan frontload washer wcvh6800j1mr

goes into pause when washing

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:42 PM

We recently had to replace a suspension spring on our washer as it broke during a cycle. After replacing it, we followed the manual directions to check all functions which checked out and the only thing hubby adjusted was the water level from 2 to1. Since we have tried to start reusing it, on any cycle it will go a bit, then stop and start blinking as it is paused..I have to hit start several times during a cycle, although the time does go down, it continues to stop, so what I have been doing is switching it over to drain and spin after a few times on wash cycle until the timer runs out but it takes forever to complete just one cycle. We have again checked everything and were wondering if when the spring broke, if perhaps the tub fell on the motor or something causeing it to do this. My machine is not that old, so I am praying it is an easy fix. Thank you.....

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:15 PM

What soap are you using and how much?
How long does it take to pump out?

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:45 PM

I use Tide H.E. and i don't over fill it. I Used to be a washer repair man for speed queen so i know how to run through all the cycles and tests that only service men can access and it ran through all the tests fine including tumble(changed directions every 5 sec), spin out (400 rpm first and then to 1100+ rpm) , and pump (emptied fine) and i cleaned the pump filter out (nothing of any significance). I put it through the EOL test and it completed it without fault and i have done these tests several times and never have a problem but as soon as i exit service mode and start a load it will just stop and ive checked the code it throws and its code 42 which is motor drive overload im just at my wits end i dont know what to do it performs the service tests fine but only throws a code and stops during normal operation

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:02 PM

E42 Drive motor- instantaneous current
Motor excess current draw.
Check drive motor - t10 tumble, t11 spin, t14 spin.
Power down (unplug) washer, wait 30 seconds and retry.
If code reoccurs, check drive motor windings.
If motor windings OK, replace inverter. (You may see a burned spot on inverter.)
(Note: Cannot occur with open motor winding.)
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:08 PM

we have already done the first part, but how do you check the drive motor windings and where is the inverter located?

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:14 PM

The inverter is #260 in the #1 diagram.
It is located on the bottom.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:27 PM

ok thank you but how do I check the drive motor windings

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:40 PM

Motor Assembly
The motor assembly is checked from the front of the washer and removed from the rear.
There are 2 methods to check the motor assembly.
Method A:
Remove the service panel.
Disconnect the motor wire harness.
On the motor plug, check for an approximate resistance value of 6 ohms between any two of the three wires:
Blue to white - 6 Ω
Blue to red - 6 Ω
White to red - 6 Ω
The sensor has a resistance value of approximately 118 Ω between the two orange wires

Method B:
Remove the service panel.
Remove the single Phillips-head screw that holds the right front leg of the inverter to the base pan.
Slide the inverter rearward to clear the guides that hold the rear of the inverter to the base pan.
Position the inverter to access the inverter board.
Slide the inverter rearward to clear the guides that hold the rear of the inverter to the chassis.
Remove the inverter thru the enlarged opening on the left side of the front frame.
On the inverter board, check for an approximate resistance value of 6 ohms between any two of the three terminals:
A to B (Blue to white) - 6 Ω
A to C (Blue to red) - 6 Ω
B to C (White to red) - 6 Ω

Note: The sensor and sensor wiring can be checked at the control board.
Check for a resistance value of approximately 118 Ω resistance between the 2 yellow wires located on the wire harness located at P9.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:59 PM

Looks like the "Little Swan" is turning out to be a Big Turkey !
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:16 PM

ok i just got the inverter off and everything seems to be ok i ran a load and it only ran for a couple min, tumbled in both directions once, stopped, and pumped out and then stopped and unlocked the door stopping the cycle and did not restart when i went to look at the inverter i did notice that the stabilizing arm on the back left closest to the motor seems to be bent a little i dont know if that would stop anything? and i dont have a voltmeter anymore so i dont think i can check the motor winding

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:04 PM

From GE training bulletin TB04-10:



5. The Washer Paused and the Consumer had to
Restart Washer.

i. Check for faulty installation, clogged
pump  filter or drain, drain siphoning, or
too much or wrong detergent.

ii. Check for air leak in pressure switch
hose. An air leak can cause too high of a
water  fill, failure to pump out all water, or
unbalanced loads due to excess water
weight. If faulty in T06 test, the water
may not stop  lling at Foam level when
F is displayed. Run entire T06 test to
confirm.

iii. Check for leaking water valve: Error Code
E23.








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