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Offline Creemo

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GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« on: December 07, 2012, 02:04:01 PM »

GE Profile Front Load Washer - Model WPXH214

She runs fine through the wash cycles, but won't Spin when it comes times to Spin.  Times a tickin' and Mama ain't happy.  Now, the challenge to my newest dear friends, is to provide the perfect fix-it solution so I don't spend my entire weekend on this particular project.

I have become quite proficient on repairing parts on it's twin - the GE Profile Dryer.  This, however, is new to me. 

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012, 03:03:48 PM »
One other note - checked to ensure no water blockage at hose and water pump.  Reinstalled. 

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012, 03:38:09 PM »
Probably a bad door switch. This is a GE model made by Frigidaire. Maybe someone can find the Frigidaire part number for the door switch and save you a few bucks.

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« Last Edit: December 07, 2012, 10:04:08 PM by MajorApp »

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2012, 08:22:22 AM »
Question - wow, what a quick and easy remedy!  However, couple of quick questions;  1) Why would a faulty door switch allow for clothes to be washed, but not spin?  2)  Any way to pre-test this switch?  Don't want to just spend $70 on what could be wrong, only to learn it's something else(???).

Help - Mama still ain't happy!

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012, 09:48:16 AM »
Does it pump fast?
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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2012, 10:28:46 AM »
The friggy front loaders will wash, but won't spin if the switch is bad. It's weird. I've never had the chance to tear one apart to see why that happens.

On the models with electronic control you can get it to go into a spin test with a bad door switch. Like I said... They're weird.

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2012, 10:46:04 AM »
Check that you have both prongs on your door strike. It's located on the door. p# 131763302

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2012, 03:32:38 PM »
Pump seems to be fine - obviously, wasn't able to benchmark the pump rate prior to this issue - seems to be operating fine during normal wash cycle.  As for the prongs to the door, check, they are fine.  Have used a toothpick and compressed air to ensure no foreign debris was in there that could possibly negate proper connection to switch. 

Once this is fixed, I will post the solution....whenever that is!  At least, someone else that encounters the same issue will have quick remedy via this site. 

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2012, 07:24:58 PM »
Okay - now, the machine is not agitating.  Am going to declare this machine is of the female variety.  Help!  No spin - no agitating. 

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2012, 08:02:24 PM »
 Now $10 in the hole at the local washeteria.  Still looking for my remedy.  Just checked the belt and it appears just fine.  A ill' help?

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2012, 10:22:51 PM »
Have you done the diagnostics? You can return the door lock to Repair Clinic if it doesn't solve the problem. We can't help you if you ignore professional advice.

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2012, 08:31:24 AM »
Have not performed any diagnostics as I am not sure of the specific "diagnostics."  Will plan on ordering the door latch today if this is your recommendation.


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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2012, 12:22:24 PM »
95% sure it's the door lock...

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2012, 12:43:55 PM »
I'm liking the 95% prediction.  As for an even more recent update, I did follow the instructions this morning  on the Tech Sheet to first check for power.  Check.  Removed belt (which was in great shape), and set the timer to the Regular Wash cycle and pulled the knob out.  Motor does not rotate.  Says to check for a poor connection in the timer line switch or door lock switch (notes if good and motor does not run, go to step 3 which is measure voltages between pins 5 and 6 on the harness). 

I really appreciate the feedback.  I love fixing things myself as it presents a challenge and at least I can learn something new.  I do the same in fixing things on my son's Jeep.  My wife hates it and always wants me to seek a professional (in both sense of the term I bet).

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2012, 01:07:34 PM »
One other note, as I advanced the timer to other cycles, the light indicator for the closed door lit each time I pull the operate knob. 

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2012, 04:52:12 PM »
The door lock light coming on doesn't mean the door lock is actually working right. I know it can be confusing but the door lock switch is the most common part to fail on these washers.

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2012, 12:57:12 PM »
I have placed order on the replacement door switch.  Will provide an update once part is received and replaced.

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2012, 03:03:30 PM »
The only thing you need to check for on that style door switch in the case of a NO SPIN issue is the wax motor(Brownish red box with two male 1/4'' terminals) and of course its wiring and connections. This style switch engages a SECONDARY door lock mechanism by means of a WAX motor which will then actuate a set of contacts to allow High Speed Spin. If the wax motor reads OPEN it has failed and WILL NOT allow final spin. If i recall correctly, it should read AROUND 1500 ohms. :D

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Re: GE Profile Front Load Washer won't Spin
« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2012, 04:07:17 PM »
New door switch replaced.  Turned on washer - water pumped in, then water started pumping back out.  No agitation, no spin as I cycled the dial.  Back to square one(?).