Kenmore direct drive washer puzzler. Model 110.29422801
Complaint: The washer agitates, but on the spin cycle the water does not drain and the washer does not spin, but there is a hum, it is not silent.
With a test cord with its own capacitor connected to the motor, the motor will drain and spin just fine.
With the lid switch bypassed, there is 120 volts to the motor on the agitate cycle and the motor turns.
With the lid switch bypassed, there is only 103 volts to the motor on the spin cycle and the motor does not turn.
Sorry, but I can’t remember exactly which terminals I tested for the above voltage checks at the motor, but I did it a few times in both agitate and spin.
I tested the start capacitor with an analog ohm meter and the meter’s needle deflected as expected.
I did a test on the timer. From timer terminal 2 (incoming black hot wire) to terminal 5 (blue wire which goes to run winding) the timer switch seemed to be opening and closing when it should (0.2 ohms in closed position). But it also should be doing this in agitate, and it was. So this was a waste of time, except I have never tested timers before so now I should do better next time.
I left the customers house thinking a new timer is needed, and realized I forgot to measure the timer switch #14 to see if this was closing during the spin cycle. Does this sound like it is the problem? Maybe it has a little resistance and is dropping the 18 volts?
I can’t figure out where else the unwanted resistance is for the missing 18 volts in the spin cycle.
The wiring diagram is very similar to the whirlpool direct drive service manual wiring diagram, except that the lid switch is connected to the neutral wire and thus the motor will not run in either agitate or spin if the lid is opened.
Can any one offer a good idea on this? It would be much appreciated. I found a used timer for $27 and I would like to just install that and see if that makes the washer spin.
P.S. It is not the drain pump, as the washer spins and drains with my test cord.
It is not the lid switch, since agitate works and there is no voltage drop across the lid switch in agitate.
I was also thinking of just swapping another capacitor. Is it possible that the capacitor is only good in one direction?
Thanks anyone for your suggestions.