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Title: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on April 26, 2008, 03:05:16 PM
My waher just stopped working during the rinse cycle. No matter where I turn the timer to I get nothing. I think it is the timer but want to make sure before I buy a new one.

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Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on April 26, 2008, 03:10:59 PM
Your lid switch is probably malfunctioning.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on April 26, 2008, 03:15:03 PM
open the lid to the washer and look for a strike mounted on the lid. This strike goes down into a hole that pushes against said switch and lets the washer do its thang. A DIYer will find it easier to replace the switch by NOT removing the case but the smart homeowner will unbuckle the case instead of cutting wires. Your lid switch by the way has 3 wires. a green grounding wire and 2 other wires. These 2 other wires can be jumped out(for testing ) just to see if indeed that is the problem.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on April 26, 2008, 03:27:02 PM
I have been trying to get the top off of the washer to access the lid switch but have not figured out how to get it to come lose. This is a washer dryer combo
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: AJ on April 26, 2008, 04:55:21 PM
I have been trying to get the top off of the washer to access the lid switch but have not figured out how to get it to come lose. This is a washer dryer combo

See if this service manuals help. Page 14 shows you how to remove the top.

http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;id=30
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on April 26, 2008, 04:59:47 PM
yeah the top don't come off. The case does. In the case of a stack model you only need to reveal the S clips mounted on the back by remove the splashplate located between the upper drying unit and the lower washing unit. To make maintenance simple on this here model you are allowed to remove the case. Consult the above downloadable manual provided by our fearless leader Mr AJ PS I ain't read the manual so I am going by past experience with stack models.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: AJ on April 26, 2008, 05:04:30 PM
On the washer/dryer combo stacker unit he has just the top will come off.

They are a little different then the stand alone direct drive cabinet you show in your diagram there.

Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on April 26, 2008, 06:37:22 PM
Wow ,must be a newer design than my old increpid retired rearend has seen. Tell us how that top comes off Kimosabe. Got Pictures? The reason I ask is this old lame PC of mine cannot download anythang. It never has and never will. I cannot read any manuals or download any info so I have to just go by your explanation simply put. If you can just give it out in tech talk I will translate it into laymans terms my friend so go ahead and give it your best shot.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: AJ on April 26, 2008, 07:49:37 PM
See if this attachment works. :)
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: AJ on April 26, 2008, 09:27:18 PM
JW,

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It lets you read pdf files with your firefox browser.

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Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: AJ on April 26, 2008, 09:35:37 PM
Lets see if I can attach just the one pdf page from the service manual.

Can you open just the one pdf page JW and view it?

Title: Re:stack unit
Post by: Repair-man on April 27, 2008, 05:56:55 AM
Once you release the top panel from those clips, it will pull forward slightly. Then you lift the front of it up a couple of inches so you can disconnect the door switch harness connector, which will be right in front of you as you lift the top panel up. Once this is disconnected, replacing the lid switch can be performed on the top panel while it is out of the machine. This is somewhat easier than removing the whole cabinet as with freestanding models.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on April 27, 2008, 07:49:08 AM
Thanks for all the help. I took the top off and checked the lid swith with an ohm meter and it is working fine I guess it must be the timer.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on April 27, 2008, 08:36:06 AM
wow that top of the washer part kinda does like some of these newer dryers. Yes AJ the pic you posted I clicked on and it gets large enogh to view. That is cool. If it is your timer with a burnt contact then the washer should do in other cycles.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: AJ on April 27, 2008, 08:52:33 AM
Did you check to see if you have power to the washer?
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on April 27, 2008, 09:03:08 AM
I have power the timer just wont do anything. When I turn the load size to reset it lets water in so I know power is getting to the washer. Is there a fuse or heat trip that I should look for?
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: Repair-man on April 27, 2008, 09:19:23 AM
With the front panel off, you should see if current is getting to the motor or not. (Lid closed, timer on)
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on April 27, 2008, 09:47:20 AM
I assume you mean the timer motor and it is getting power!
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: Repair-man on April 27, 2008, 12:20:38 PM
Actually I said "With the front panel off, you can check the motor".

Front panel=drive motor

We don't care at this point about the timer motor, do we? You said the motor itself woudn't run. It would be good to see if the timer were sending power to the motor before you write the timer off as bad. Perhaps there's just a burnt or loose common wire at the motor.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on April 27, 2008, 02:49:30 PM
with that front panel off you can check out the pump too and see if anything got into it to make the unit quit.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: BrntToast on April 27, 2008, 08:56:33 PM
with the lid open reset the water level to see if more water comes into the machine, if water does enter it means your lid switch does not shut off the water during fill, your lid switch does stop the motor for agitate and spin

so if the lid switch doesn't stop the water i would be checking that lid switch for continuity first
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on April 28, 2008, 10:18:39 AM
I have checked the lid switch and it is ok. Is there any way that I can check the voltage at the controler to see if I am getting power there?
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on April 28, 2008, 02:55:01 PM
The reason why we are so concerned is a lot of folk plop down good money for a timer and that ain't the problem. It very well could be the timer but it probably ain't . Did you check to see if the timer was plugged in good. The other day I went on a call and the timer connection had vibrated out. I pushed it back in and it worked fine.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on April 28, 2008, 03:36:54 PM
I unplugged it and plugged it back in. I will check anything that you think I can check to keep from buying the wrong part.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on April 28, 2008, 05:05:54 PM
when you unplugged it did you take a good look at the pins to see if maybe some corrosion set in? I live very near the gulf and we have a lot of problems with salty air and humidity.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on April 28, 2008, 06:05:13 PM
the pins look great. Is there no sure way for me to check the timer to tell if it is good or bad.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on April 28, 2008, 06:22:59 PM
On the machine somewhere is a schematic of the timer functions but it is all Greek to me. Maybe one of these High tech genius's can splain it better than me.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on May 01, 2008, 06:58:43 AM
I bought a new timer and now the washer will fill with water but do nothing else. What else should I look for?
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on May 01, 2008, 10:13:00 AM
Maybe you have a faulty LID SWITCH did you change that?
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: whirlpooltech on May 01, 2008, 10:15:48 AM
I have checked the lid switch and it is ok. Is there any way that I can check the voltage at the controler to see if I am getting power there?

How did you check the lid switch?

Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on May 01, 2008, 10:39:34 AM
Top off of washer lid shut 0 ohms
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: whirlpooltech on May 01, 2008, 11:09:00 AM
check for voltage on your motor. Off the top of my head I would say check between the white and red wire.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on May 01, 2008, 11:11:25 AM
I checked that 125 volts
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: whirlpooltech on May 01, 2008, 11:47:39 AM
If you have voltage to the motor and the motor does not run then replace the motor.
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: whirlpooltech on May 01, 2008, 11:48:46 AM
The reason why we are so concerned is a lot of folk plop down good money for a timer and that ain't the problem. It very well could be the timer but it probably ain't .

You are correct JW :)
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on May 01, 2008, 12:16:36 PM
0 ohms on the lid switch means open circuit right? Hello?
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: JWWebster on May 01, 2008, 12:19:25 PM
the lid switch has 3 wires. one of them is the green ground wire. Usually the middle wire.
That leaves 2 wires. Jump them two wires at the male plug going into the harness and see if that sucker will run!
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: mjrobs on May 01, 2008, 06:04:54 PM
The problem was in the centrifugal switch. While I had the washer turned on, I moved the wires and it started. Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Whirlpool washer just stopped working
Post by: AJ on May 01, 2008, 06:08:42 PM
Glad to hear you found the trouble. Sometimes its the connection in the plug on the end of the wire harness too and not in the switch itself.