I have a Frigidaire Gallery front load washer, circa 1998, #417.39012890, that I'm having some puzzling issues with. Last weekend, my wife went to remove a load of laundry and "had to" (sigh) force the door to open. After reading about the myriad problems with this latch system, I left the door open and used a screwdriver to push on the safety switch with the door open, and the machine functioned properly. Sooooooo, I assumed a problem with the latch, removed ours and found the solenoid, coil, or whatever you call the spring loaded latch closer was fried (open circuit, plunger frozen). For grins I also tested the wax motor with a cheater cord, and it pushed out in <30 sec but took ~30 sec to retract when power was removed. Resistance was 1800 ohms.
This latch assembly is the "old school" version, replacement of which requires splicing in a new wiring harness, replacing a cement counterweight, etc, so I found a used latch assembly on ebay and installed that instead. Solenoid on that one worked great and wax motor on that one also worked OK, but resistance tested to be ~2300 ohms. Went to run a load, and washer filled with water but went no further (no fast or slow spinning, no draining of water). Puzzled, I closed the safety switch again with my screwdriver and door open, but again nothing happened. The latching system appears to be working correctly. The moment I pull out the timer switch, the "door locked" lamp lights, and the solenoid draws the latch closed. Thinking maybe there was a problem with the wax motor, I swapped the one from my original board onto the used replacement, but no go. Thinking perhaps there was a problem with the drain pump, I used a cheater cord on it and it ran just fine and sounded normal. After that, when I restarted the washer, it filled with water but went no further.
To summarize: initial problem was a bad solenoid on door latch assembly. With that original assembly still installed, I was able to leave the door open and close the safety switch with a screwdriver and the unit seemed to function normally (witnessed low speed tumbles and high speed spins).
With replacement (used) latch assembly, which appears to be functioning correctly, unit will fill but not tumble or high speed spin, and after initial water fill, timer will advance but nothing else seems to happen. Also, drain pump works fine with cheater cord.
So, is it still a problem with the latch assembly? Does the fact that both wax motors ohm out >1300 and retract ~30 sec after power is removed mean that they are interpreted by the controller as failed? Or perhaps my monkeying around fried the motor controller?
I'm planning to spend a couple of hours tonight rearranging my very tight laundry room so I can access the rear of the machine to perform the checks suggested on the tech sheet. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Thanks VERY much,