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LazarusLong

Member Since 06 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Sep 16 2012 08:26 PM

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Fridigaire Front Loader neither agitates nor spins

06 August 2012 - 02:51 PM

Fridigaire Front Loader Washer Model FWT449GFS1 Serial XC91xxxxx. Purchased 1999. This washer has performed faithfully (only replaced the pump boot due to hair pins, and clean it out) until a week ago. Then it suddenly refused to go into High Speed Spin. Went thru troubleshooting and decide it was door lock. Looked on line and found that I would need the upgraded kit (new door lock, catch, and wiring harness). Washer is semi-built in to a closet and would take quite a lot to open up and replace that harness, so decided to take out old door lock and work on it. Was able to coax part of it back into position. Tested wax motor (1500 ohms - good), microswitch worked (tested contacts). Put it all back. It worked for a week.

Now it goes thru the cycle - water goes in, timer works, no agitate, completely pumps out water, no spin.

The door locked light is on, and when door is locked if I pull power, it takes a few minutes to release the door (so wax motor is functioning). If in the spin cycle, I pull the timer knob out, wait, open the door, push the timer knob back in, (the solenoid engages, the wax motor pushes). Now if I take a small screwdriver and simulate the door catch, I can hear the micro switch click on, the timer motor continues, BUT NO spin (same action on agitate).

I can move the drum easily by hand and see the motor armature spin (so belt is okay). So I am stumped! From all the other posts I would think it is (1) the motor (windings? brushes?), (2) speed control board, (3) possibly a "reed" swtich on the soap dispenser tray (is that possible?). The motor lists for about $150, the SCU for $410. Where do I go from here? (If it is the SCU, I think I will just get a new washer - they run about $800).

Thank you in advance.


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