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Front-loading Frigidaire FWTR445RFS1 won't spin (after basement flood)


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#1 steveklein

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 06:48 PM

Our washer doesn't spin. It does go through the cycles, filling and draining. It just doesn't spin.

 

I'm not an appliance repairman, but I'll go out on a limb here and speculate that this symptom just might be related to the 5 or 6 inches of water we had in our basement yesterday.

 

(We got off easy; some folks got more than 6 feet of water in their basements. 24 hours later every major freeway in the Detroit area still has some sections closed due to flooding. Take a look at this photo, which shows water on I-75 so deep it almost reaches the I-696 overpass, which is probably 14 feet above.)

 

Any suggestions about what to check first?

 

I'm hoping it's something that's cheap and reasonable to fix.

 

I don't want to dump a lot of money into a 15-year-old washer, and I don't really have the money in my budget to buy a new one right now.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:28 PM

The motor speed control board is probably fried. At 15 years old you will probably be better off buying a new one.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:27 PM

also motor bearings are probably gonna make noise even if you fix it and get it spinning



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 11:42 PM

The motor speed control board is probably fried. At 15 years old you will probably be better off buying a new one.

 

Yup, I'm pretty sure you got that right.

 

I followed the Samurai's troubleshooting video for Troubleshooting A No-Drum Movement Problem In A Frigidaire Front-Load Washing Machine.

 

And just like the Samurai saw in that video, I got 120 V on the aqua wire when it was disconnected from what he calls the pressure switch. (The schematic calls this the water level switch, but I'm pretty sure it's the same thing.)

In that video, he says that means the speed control board is dead.

 

And the part is over $300.

 

So I'm shopping for a new washer. My wife said the new one has to have at least the same capacity as the old one. (We have four kids, ages 7-11, and we do a LOT of laundry.)

Any idea on how I can find out the capacity of this washer?

 

I have the original owner's manual, but it doesn't include any specifications. (And my Google-fu is failing me.)


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 11:49 PM

Pretty much any front load washer will have that capacity or bigger. Usually bigger. You can buy the the LG Titan which is 5.1 cu ft. It's a monster. Most newer front loaders are over 4.0 cu ft.

I would also stay away from frigidaire products. Whirlpool also seems to be having problems with their front load "alpha" series washers. I would stick to LG or Samsung.

Kicks major Samsung booty first, asks diagnostic questions later.

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