Author Topic: GE Hydro Wave Washer -Mode Shifter Ghetto Repair  (Read 8091 times)

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Re: GE Hydro Wave Washer -Mode Shifter Ghetto Repair
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2013, 08:31:00 PM »

  The inverter applies 135vdc to the mode shifter coil to energize the solenoid for around 15 seconds or so and then reduces that to 30vdc as that is all that is needed to hold the armature in. If you open the lid at the wrong time in the agitate cycle, 135vdc will again be applied for too long a period of time causing the thermal overload to blow. The firmware in newer versions of the inverter has been modified to prevent this from happening.

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Re: GE Hydro Wave Washer -Mode Shifter Ghetto Repair
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2013, 09:23:26 PM »
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Re: GE Hydro Wave Washer -Mode Shifter Ghetto Repair
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2013, 08:02:01 AM »
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Re: GE Hydro Wave Washer -Mode Shifter Ghetto Repair
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2013, 02:40:24 AM »
I have a mode shifter job this weekend.   I have one customer,  he has about 20 GE Commercial washers,   I have already done 3 for him.    Im gonna take the old mode shifter and try this.    I think the external fuse would be a good idea,  maybe an auto fuse and holder.  You can get them at radioshack for about 5 bucks for both.   I'll sell him a " rebuilt " mode shifter for less,  we both win.   I hope this works.   
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Re: GE Hydro Wave Washer -Mode Shifter Ghetto Repair
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2013, 10:17:13 AM »
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Re: GE Hydro Wave Washer -Mode Shifter Ghetto Repair
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2013, 08:13:24 PM »
I would replace the inner fuse. It's a thermal fuse, an external fuse would not trip if the coil overheats.

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Re: GE Hydro Wave Washer -Mode Shifter Ghetto Repair
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2013, 01:06:25 AM »
Good Idea JW>    Got company this weekend,  letting the job go to sometime this week.   I was now even thinking some kind of little "circuit breaker"  if it goes out,  all I would have to do is stop back and reset it.   

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Re: GE Hydro Wave Washer -Mode Shifter Ghetto Repair
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2013, 08:37:34 AM »
  As tgoods has suggested, this is a thermal fuse and operates on the overheating of the coil, not the amperage draw. The thermal fuse is rated at 2 amps. The shifter requires 135vdc to the coil to engage the solenoid and then switches to 35vdc to hold the solenoid in. At 135vdc, the coil is drawing less than 1.5 amps. The problem occurs when the lid is opened at certain times and the 135vdc is applied for too long a period of time. The coil overheats and opens the fuse. An external standard fuse that I suggested before or circuit breaker is not going to provide protection.

goodsusedappliance: what was the coil resistance on yours? There are two different versions. One uses copper wire and has a coil resistance of around 98 ohms and the other uses aluminum wire with resistance of around 65 ohms. That may be why there are two different fuses used.

Eric
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Re: GE Hydro Wave Washer -Mode Shifter Ghetto Repair
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2013, 10:30:53 PM »
I'll have to wait to get another used one.   Guy decided to wait and plunk in an old maytag he had that just needed belts.    I'll get one eventually.  I can't wait to rip one apart now.
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Re: GE Hydro Wave Washer -Mode Shifter Ghetto Repair
« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2013, 07:13:37 AM »
Has anyone replaced the RS6006 bearing which is available from most industrial bearing suppliers. My shaft mode assembly is performing properly in the engage and disengagement process, but the tub seal failed resulting the tub sleeve bearing wearing and gauling, and the RS6006 bearing inside the mode shifter is also not spinning smoothly. I disassembled the assembly and I am ready to press out the bearing, but before I do, just wanted to see if anyone has successfully done this.

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