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GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« on: October 03, 2009, 09:15:43 AM »
I have a GE Top load washer that is not spinning or agitating. Everything else working fine (Filling/Draining/etc). I took off the front cover and it doesn't seem to be obstructed in any way, the belt is fine and not loose, the lower pulley spins freely and spins the tub when you move it. I have seen a lot of posts from bad lid switchs to clutches and motors....any thoughts?

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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2009, 09:25:45 AM »
The lid switch is where I would start. Sometimes the switch itself is fine but the mechanism is screwed. The outstanding AJ Manual
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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2009, 09:30:39 AM »
Page 3-1 shows how to get to the lid switch by removing the front first then removing the top. The lid switch has a quick connect. Unplug that and check for continuity or simply by pass it at that point to see if that washer wakes up.
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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2009, 12:23:25 PM »
ok....so not an electrician, i have the magnetic switch type for the GE, how do i test for continuity?

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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2009, 12:42:33 PM »
Do you have a meter?
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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2009, 12:54:46 PM »
yep

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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2009, 01:06:35 PM »
Set the meter on ohms and see if you have continuity between the 2 pins of your lid switch assembly.
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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2009, 01:12:54 PM »
alright, don't have pins, the tops side is smooth plastic and the bottom has the wires but they are incased in a hard clear jell...I would assume to protect them? Can I pry that out, or are you talking about something else?

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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2009, 01:41:25 PM »
No don't cut no dang wires. You get the front cover off and then you remove the screws to the top, then unplug the top and you can then check that plug so we can see if the switch assembly is faulty.
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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2009, 02:46:34 PM »
ok..my father in law stopped by, and he knows more than me, switch was tested and its ok...what's next?

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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2009, 04:09:18 PM »
You are down to the motor or the timer. In my opinion it ain't worth the investment to buy either one for this machine. Too many other things could pop up after you done plunked down a lot of cash on a piece of junk.
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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2009, 06:17:08 PM »
If the Timer Motor and / or Pump works, then the Lid Switch is OK

Does the Motor run at all or make any noise ?

Check to see if the Green Light is flashing on the Motor Inverter Board (top of Motor)

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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2009, 06:51:11 PM »
Try this if you have a light on the motor ... unplug for 30 sec... plug back in then with 10 sec open and close the lid 5 time then put into spin ... you may have to try 3 or three time to get the timing right...

this will reset the invert...

the green light should blink 1 once a sec... if not let me know how it blinks ..

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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2009, 08:14:00 PM »
The Pump does work, don't know how to check the timer ?? as for the motor, I can't hear any noises from it at all, just the pump during the spin cycles. But the green light does come on, it flashes 1 time about every 8 seconds
I will try to reset the inverter board tonight and see if that works

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Re: GE Top Load Washer Not Spinning
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2009, 09:02:59 PM »
 One blink with 8sec pause is a motor error...make sure the motor will turn freely.hope the reset work.  motor/invert $200
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