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Problem with WDT720PADM -- bizarre wash cycle
Model Number: WDT720PADM Brand: Whirlpool Age: 1 - 5 years
We own a Whirlpool WDT720PADM. Suddenly it is behaving rather strangely.
1) We start a cycle
2) It drains briefly, which is normal
3) Water trickles in, which is normal
4) It stops doing anything. No washing happens.
5) The clock keeps counting down.
6) At intervals which are normal to the cycle, it drains and sends water into the unit.
So, it's the motor that makes washing happen, right? (Sorry, I don't know what the various parts are called.) That's what I thought. But then... BUT THEN!!...
7) 2/3 of the way through the cycle, it begins running (rinsing?) as it should. The arms spin, water pumps through them. It functions normally!
So, my IT experience tells me that the main motor is getting power and it works for the last 20 minutes, then it works period.
So why is it not running in the first 40 minutes of a one hour wash?
(*It happens for any cycle in roughly the same proportions; I'm only using the one-hour wash as an illustration.)
Any help is greatly appreciated. I'm a computer guy, but I am mechanically inclined, so I'm not alarmed about repairing it myself. I do need a little direction.
Thanks for your time. Cheers!
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