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Washer won't agitate or spin and hums when trying

Washer won't agitate or spin and hums when trying

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I had "humming but not starting" syndrome on my washer motor. Replaced capacitor, no help. Pump was clear. Put motor on bench with wiring jig and it worked fine!! So that ruled out motor and switch. I finally saw some mention of these series 90's having a weird phenomenon of the red start wire at harness going bad. I had checked continuity before but never between the cap and harness plug. Eureka!!! open circuit despite looking perfect externally. I spliced in a new 4" section of wire and it's good as old!! 99% of experts recommended new motor with my symptoms. Never give up lol

"Before you go to the transmission check:

Stator Assembly

How it Works:

The stator interacts with the rotor to create a strong electromagnetic field which rotates the tub in either direction. If the windings on the stator are damaged, the washer will not spin or agitate. Check the stator for damaged windings or other defects.

Rotor Assembly

How it Works:

The rotor interacts with the stator to create a strong electromagnetic field, which rotates the tub in either direction. If the magnets on the rotor are damaged, or any part of the rotor is defective, the washer may not spin or agitate. To determine if the rotor is defective, inspect the rotor for damage. If the rotor is damaged, replace it."

"Motors Humming and not rotating usually means the “helping” phase for motor motion to start, is not doing its job. (what the capacitor is there for, it creates a phase shift to create a “second phase”)

Washing machines, being what they are, sometimes overloaded or vibrating can hammer the wiring either through heat (overload) or fatigue (vibration). As previously mentioned, the humming should always be checked, either a dead capacitor or dodgy wiring could be the issue, even if the drum and agitator do start running after a previous “dislodging” of something."

Never ever trust a repairman most things you can do yourself. It is more than likely the rotor or capacitor and there are many videos that show you how. I am an active lung cancer patient and i did it. So you should be able to do it as well dont go buy a new motor until you check those 2 things.

To drain the water out of your washer, just take the drain line out of the drain and put it in a five gallon bucket. You can empty about 90% of the water. You will have to empty the bucket 2 or 3 times. To get the water to stop flowing, put the hose back in the drain or hold it up above the washer while someone else empties the bucket. To get the next bit of water out, you'll need to hold the bucket on its side and the drain hose needs to be as low as possible. Water will start to flow and you can sit the bucket up and siphon all but about 1% of the water out. Disconnect the drain hose from the washer. There will be water right up to the top of the fitting. Use a 1/4” plastic hose pushed into the drain fitting to siphon out the last of the water.

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