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How can I bypass door sensor on GE washer WLSE3150A0WW

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I have been trying different solutions to fix my GE washer that won't spin. In taking the top lid off so many times and returning it for testing the washer, I have pulled the wires lose on the door sensor. I have already spent a good bit of money on parts. I sure don't want to buy a door sensor unless I know my repairs have worked. I've read several descriptions on how to bypass the door sensor but they all are about wire sets where the door sensor wires are on their own plug. The door sensor wires for this model go all the way back to a plug on the operations panel where all the knobs are, and the plug also has about 5 or 6 other wires in it. Can anyone tell me how to bypass the door sensor on this GE model WLSE3150A0WW?

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  If the switch is damaged, just cut the two wires, strip them, twist the strands together and place a wirenut on them as a temporary measure. What is the problem with the washer? You say it won't spin, does it agitate?

 

Eric

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dude the lid switch you have is activated by a magnet.  Just get a magnet and tape it on the switch. If that doesn't work then cut the two wires like fairbanks says.

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Just be aware that if they are wired together you may get another error depending on the machine.

 

If just a standard mechanical timer model then shouldn't be a problem but with an electronic control board unit it expects to see the lid open after a cycle is finished, so if you connect the lid switch wires together for testing just be aware that they may have to be separated to let the control know that the lid has opened between cycles.

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  That only applies to control boards that will flag a lid switch error. This one does not however you should not leave the switch bypassed anyway for safety reasons.

 

Eric

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You guys are so awesome!!! I wired the two wires together which worked fantastically! And thanks for the warnings too. Luckily this model has a button for on/off.

Eric, the washer does agitate just fine. Just won't spin.  I have checked the water level tube and it seems to be clear.

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You guys are so awesome!!! I wired the two wires together which worked fantastically! And thanks for the warnings too. Luckily this model has a button for on/off.

Eric, the washer does agitate just fine. Just won't spin.  I have checked the water level tube and it seems to be clear.

It won't spin with water in it.  Is the pump working?

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It does drain fine also.

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  What's going on when in spin mode? Does the motor run, just hum or all quiet? If running, what about motor pulley, belt, transmission pulley and transmission? All should be rotating. Try rotating motor pulley by hand CW (viewed from below). This should rotate belt, transmission pulley, transmission and basket.

 

Eric

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what do you mean it pumps also?  You said you hook it up direct with water and it doesn't pump.  You can't have it both ways.  Unless it's intermittent.  Maybe the pump works sometimes and not others.  Does the washer spin and agitate ok?

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Do you have a drain problem or a spin problem?

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Eric, I can't seem to identify anything that might be a motor pulley - I probably don't know what I am looking for. I did purchase a new belt to put on, but the belt on it looks pretty okay.  I can turn the belt but nothing else turns when I do - not even the inside drum.

You guys that were asking if I was having a drain problem - the answer is no.  Just won't spin.

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  Motor pulley is the smaller one on the bottom of the motor. Transmission pulley is the larger one below the transmission. So, when you turn the belt in either direction, neither pulley rotates???

 

Eric

 

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Eric, actually the both do. Sorry. Didn't know what I was looking for.

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  Motor pulley is the smaller one on the bottom of the motor. Transmission pulley is the larger one below the transmission. So, when you turn the belt in either direction, neither pulley rotates???

 

Eric

 

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nice to get the pump issue put aside.  Maybe now we can help you figure out what is wrong.

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Eric, last message wasn't too clear. Let me repeat to be clear. Both pulleys as you described do move.

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sorry, I was confusing you with some other washer problem.  Disregard my whole pump spiel.  Does the motor run and the pulleys turn when you put it to spin?  If so you are possibly looking at a transmission problem.  Is it noisy when it is trying to spin?

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  So, what happens while in spin mode? Is the motor running but motor pulley not rotating? If that is the case, you may just have a bad clutch. There is a clutch inside the motor pulley. If you rotate either pulley clockwise (viewed from below), the brake should release and the whole transmission case should rotate as well as the basket. Need some feedback on my suggestions.

 

Eric

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Eric, I can't seem to get the break to release when I turn the pulleys clockwise when viewing from the bottom up. At least there is something stopping it from turning after a certain point.

 

Electro-doc, when I put the setting on spin, the motor does run. It actually makes the same sounds pretty much as it did when it worked.  The pulley in the front does seem to be turning (I'm not sure if the one in the front is the transmission or the motor). But the belt is not moving. I really can't be sure about the pulley in the back. It has really gotten dark in the laundry room and a flashlight just isn't cutting it now and there is no room to tilt the washer back

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When you try to turn the transmission pulley clockwise it may turn a 1/4 turn or so and become hard to turn.   You need to keep turning it.  This will release the brake and the transmission will turn a little in the same direction and then stop until you get a hold of the pulley again and turn some more.  If you can get the transmission to move by hand and the motor pulley is turning but not turning the other pulley, then you may have a loose belt.  If you have a new belt you might want to put it on and tighten it up and give the washer another try.  Be careful when you have your hands down there playing around the belt and the motor.  Best to unplug the washer when trying this.  I'd hate to have it turn on while you had your hand in there, it wouldn't be pretty.  Better safe than sorry :-)

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When I did try turning the pulleys, I did not have the washer plugged in. Does it need to be plugged in for the brake to release?

I won't be able to get back to this until this evening. I'm in Tennessee on eastern standard time.  Gotta do the job thing right now. Thanks! 

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  No, doesn't need to be plugged in, brake release is all mechanical. You say the motor pulley seems to be spinning? Need to know for sure, when in spin mode and motor is running, does the pulley spin or not. If the clip on the bottom of the pulley is spinning but actual pulley is not, then the clutch is slipping, either because it's faulty, the belt is loose or something is preventing the transmission from spinning.

 

Eric

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When I did try turning the pulleys, I did not have the washer plugged in. Does it need to be plugged in for the brake to release?

I won't be able to get back to this until this evening. I'm in Tennessee on eastern standard time.  Gotta do the job thing right now. Thanks! 

no.  It's safer when you try to move the big pulley clockwise to do it when it is not plugged in.  You could get hurt really bad if the motor started by accident when your hand was in there.  It is normal to meet some resistance when trying to spin the transmission.  Grab the pulley tight and turn it hard to release the brake and  spin the transmission.  At this point it's starting to look like all you need to do is  to tighten your belt.  If you have a new one, change it and tighten it to where you have just 1/2 inch of play when you wiggle it back and forth while it's on the pulleys.  You should have no resistance when you turn the pulley the opposite way as when the pulley turns the other way the washer will agitate.  It is very slow and maybe hard to notice that it is moving but don't worry about that, turn the pulley the other way and see if with a little force you can get the transmission to spin.  If you can get it to move, even just a little, then try changing the belt and making sure it is tight.  Then try the spin cycle using the washers power and see if it doesn't spin.  Good luck

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Does the machine need to be plugged in when I try to turn the pulley to unlock the brake? It wasn't. I sure hope it doesn't have to be. Let me know. I am having to do the job thing right now so I can't try again until this evening. I am on eastern standard time. Thanks.


Sorry about that last repeat message. It didn't show up last time I logged on.

How do I tighten the belt. Remember, I am just a grasshoppa.

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