Thank you. After a few loads in which the agitator started right away, the washer went back to normal again! This has happened in the past...I even had a service appointment a couple years ago, which I canceled because the same thing happened. Asked my husband if he felt like replacing a part, and he said NO (and he's much better at "mechanical stuff" than I am!). Also, the machine will be 8 years old in a couple months, so is it getting close to replacement time?? Thanks again!