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5 year old Hotpoint washer won't spin


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#1 jakobcade

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 07:27 AM

Help!!  My 5 year old Hotpoint Washer ( OK..I know that's my first mistake ) will spin one day and the next day it won't. I got it to spin once by lifting the lid and manually depressed the button that engages when the lid closes and turned the drum at the same time. Worked fine for that load. Now today, that won't work so I just took the front off and stared at it. I guess my glaring stare must have done something because now it spins just fine and I can see the water being sucked out of all the clothes. It does seem to shake more than I think it should but then I don't know what it is suppose to look like in the spin cycle. Sometimes it does seem to be really LOUD when in the spin cycle. I know it is going to quit spinning again so can anyone give me a heads up on what could be wrong?

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 07:45 AM

could be water leaking into tub bearing,causing binding-look up to the bottom of the tub for signs of water. when you say it doesn't spin,can you hear the motor running/trying to run,or does the whole machine just go silent?

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 08:10 AM

The motor is going full blast just as it sounds when in the spin cycle...just no spinning at all. Thanks for the reply.

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 09:00 AM

can you see the belt moving with the motor,as these units have a weird clutch pulley that is attached directly to the output shaft of the motor.

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 09:23 AM

Yes, I can see the belt moving with the motor.

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 09:30 AM

Bad tranny time???  these have a 5 year warranty, parts only..

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 09:40 AM

yup,typical for g.e.- 5 yr plus a week. time to shop for a whirlpool.

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Posted 05 June 2005 - 01:16 AM

[user=1104]jakobcade[/user] wrote:

 will spin one day and the next day it won't. I got it to spin once by lifting the lid and manually depressed the button that engages when the lid closes and turned the drum at the same time. Worked fine for that load. Now today, that won't work so I just took the front off and stared at it. I guess my glaring stare must have done something because now it spins just fine and I can see the water being sucked out of all the clothes. It does seem to shake more than I think it should but then I don't know what it is suppose to look like in the spin cycle. Sometimes it does seem to be really LOUD when in the spin cycle. 

 

:huh:Do these units have an out of balance switch or sensor, as it sound like this could be the problem. Noiseyness could be loose balance weight or not level on the floor causing excessive vibration,and causing out of balance issues.

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Posted 05 June 2005 - 06:15 AM

Nothing like that in these. This design has been the source of many headaches with a litany of transmission-related issues. Usual signs are water/oil inside the cabinet accompanied by an "aeroplane taking off" sound during spin.
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Posted 05 June 2005 - 06:41 PM

Yes, good analogy... it starts out rather soft/smooth sound and then ends the cycle with a roar. Since I pulled it out and took the front off and just stared at it...it has worked fine. I told my wife it was overloaded but she says NO WAY!  All I know is I am looking at the ads in the paper for a Whirlpool as suggested as I feel that doomsday is fast approaching.




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