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Old 09-22-2009, 03:31 PM
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Default Whirlpool spins agitates intermittently, smells
Model Number: GSN2000HQ0   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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My Whirlpool direct drive stops during agitation and before spin. I can sometimes get it to work by sticking something on the lid switch while twisting or jarring the tub. It might work for a while and then stop again. While stopped, its starting to smell burnt. Is this the capacitor, motor, both, neither?


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Old 09-23-2009, 03:03 PM
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Have you checked the lid switch and the pump as it was recommended by sidfink in your previous thread: Washer wont drain or spin... sort of
If you did - what is the result?

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I verified that the lid switch still works. when I close the lid, the machine will buzz or whine very faintly sometimes without advancing, like it's trying to do something. Thats when the smell starts. If I shut it off and wait a few minutes (as if to let things cool down) it will start, but only when I turn the agitator or bump the tub with my hand. If I stand by and babysit the machine through the rinse and spin, I can keep it going this way. (because I have to reach in the tub, I've got to jam something in the switch to keep it on) Thanks.
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You might have bad motor bearings. Pull the motor and check the bearings, and also see if the motor windings look burnt.
If ok, you might have either a bad start capacitor, or a bad timer.
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thanks. I'll check this weekend. btw, i replaced the timer less than a year ago.
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Should get an amprobe on the motor, excess current to the motor will burn out timer contacts.
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Ok, I replaced the start capacitor because is was the least expensive place to start. Unfortunately, the symptoms are the same. Sometimes I can still bang the tub to get it started if it gets stuck. There also seems to be a heat factor, however, because banging on the tub quits working after a half-dozen attempts. Then, if I leave the washer alone, sometimes for a few minutes, other times overnight, it will start again. But it just wont transition well from agitation to the cycles after that. So I fight with a tub full of soapy water and clothes. What next?
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You might have bad motor bearings. Pull the motor and check the bearings, and also see if the motor windings look burnt.
If ok, you might have either a bad start capacitor, or a bad timer.
The motor windings still look ok to me. I haven't checked the bearings yet.
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Should get an amprobe on the motor, excess current to the motor will burn out timer contacts.
how do i test this?
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how do i test this?
You have to have a clamp-on amprobe or a regular amprobe which has to wired in series with the washer. The max reading should be no more than 9.8 amps on the high speed.

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