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The machine fills with water but won't agitate. It drains and spins fine. Motor start switch tested ok. Lid switch

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Old 04-25-2013, 06:33 PM
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Model Number: RAX4232KQ1   Brand: Roper   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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The machine fills with water but won't agitate. It drains and spins fine. Motor start switch tested ok. Lid switch tested ok. Coupler is good. It will agitate when turning motor by hand, so transmission is ok. Found a burned white wire from motor winding to what I'm assuming is the thermal cutoff switch. there is continuity from lid switch to this white wire when all is connected. Please help.


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Old 04-25-2013, 07:45 PM
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Could be a faulty water level pressure switch. Switch is behind control panel. With washer full of water check continuity on pressure switch where violet and tan wires connect. Should read 0 ohms (short), if open, jump together violet and tan wires and see if it will agitate.

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Thank you. The water level pressure switch tested ok. What of this burned white wire from the motor wiinding to the motor starter? Could the forward (agitate) windings be bad?
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:32 AM
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There are no "agitate" windings. The same windings are used for both agitate and drain/spin. The only difference is that the polarity to the start winding is reversed to get the motor going in the opposite direction of rotation. After the washer stops filling, does the motor hum or is it silent? If silent, does the timer advance on it's own? The white wire on the thermal overload switch is the neutral line feed. If it was faulty, the motor wouldn't work in drain/spin mode.

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I hear the timer buzzing, for a few seconds (maybe 10 sec). Then I hear click from the motor area and the buzzing stops. I then push in the timer and a few seconds later it clicks again, as if resetting an overload.
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Then I'd say you have a bad timer but I would first check continuity on the tan wire from the pressure switch to the timer connector. The motor is either not getting power to the start winding or the run winding in agitate mode. This means the motor won't start and therefore drawing excess current through the one winding that is getting power, causing the overload to trip and the neutral wire to the overload getting hot. When the overload trips you also lose neutral to the timer.

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Is there a way for me to test this timer with a digital VOM?
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For you, no. I say that because you don't know how to read/interpret the wiring diagram, timer chart and the timer terminal chart. If you did, you wouldn't be asking. If you purchase the timer from APP and it doesn't fix the problem, you can return it. We can rarely be 100% sure when trying to troubleshoot your washer over an Internet forum.

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I can read wiring diagrams and charts, I just do not have them and could not find them online. Maybe you could help me with this. Can you tell me where to find them?
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They should be somewhere in the washer, usually either behind the control panel or attached to the inside of the back panel at the top.

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