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Old 11-28-2012, 05:04 PM
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Model Number: WHDSR316G2WW   Brand: GE   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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Bought this washing machine second-hand. Looks like it had already been apart.

Tested it at various parts of a cycle and it fills, and drains fine, but I'm getting no action out of the motor. The repair manual behind the switches says that the motor control board should have a light that flashes on/off at .5 seconds each for "in-use" and 1 second each for "standby", along with other numbers of flashes for different problems. Right now I don't see it flashing at all. Anyone have any ideas other than a $230 motor assembly? Looks like they only sell the motor and control board together...

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On the leftmost connector of the motor, check for 120vac between the wht/red wire and the red/blk wire as well as between the wht/red wire and the orange wire. If you have it at the red/blk wire but not the orange wire, the lid switch is probably bad. If you don't get it at either, the fuse link in the neutral wire inside the cable harness is probably bad.

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Just looked at the board and didn't see any flashes, looks like there is some white goop at the base of a couple of the capacitors... Would that be to cover the solder to protect it from water? I check the connections later.
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That's just silicone rubber to protect the capacitors from vibration.

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On the leftmost connector of the motor, check for 120vac between the wht/red wire and the red/blk wire as well as between the wht/red wire and the orange wire. If you have it at the red/blk wire but not the orange wire, the lid switch is probably bad. If you don't get it at either, the fuse link in the neutral wire inside the cable harness is probably bad.

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Thanks Eric! That information is exactly what I needed. Unfortunately, it's not a happy ending just yet. Fuse link was bad, bypassed it just to see if motor would work, and it did... until it started emitting that magic smoke. Turned the washer off, then had to unplug it to get it to stop. Since this was some amazing deal that my dad got for next-to-nothing, we've ordered a motor and fuse link, assuming that the issue is with the motor. There was a pretty big current spike (measured with the clamp-on multimeter) while the motor was running, before the smoke started.

Anyway, unless something else might be the culprit, I'll update this as soon as we get the motor and fuse link replaced.

Thanks again!
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Replacement motor/inverters for these washers are a new design and the fuse link must be removed as the motor has a higher inrush current. The new motor, part no. WH20X10057 comes with a jumper wire kit to replace the fuse link.

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Replacement motor/inverters for these washers are a new design and the fuse link must be removed as the motor has a higher inrush current. The new motor, part no. WH20X10057 comes with a jumper wire kit to replace the fuse link.

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So there's no need to order the fuse link? I may order it and just ship it back if I really don't end up needing it. I just don't want to get this stupid thing fixed and I don't want to be waiting on parts...
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