Hi DIY Friends,
The motor on my GE FWT445GES1 washer won't agitate or spin.
Followed the "Motor Movement" fault diagnosis on the Tech Sheet (found it inside the washer) and all the steps checked out OK including the Ohm check of the motor windings (rotor/stator full and stator tapped), speed tachometer, and thermal protect (all at or within tolerance) - so I order a new motor and still no spin or agitation. Confounding.
With ohm meter, I probed motor plug pins on the motor's side of the plug (from front side & underneath front load tub) and found 110VDC on pins 5/6 (rotor) and 3/4 (stator full). Also observed polarity on rotor & stator pins, when direction of spin goes from CW to CCW and back again. Spade plug contacts to the rotor armature and commutator have continuity with motor plug pins 5/6. Brushes have continuity.
Fault diagnosis includes testing of Timer contacts 9 to 9A and 24 to 24B for 120VAC, and that is OK. Timer moves through all cycles. Tub fills, drains, etc - just no movement.
I thought there might be a loose wire so checked continuity on all wires between Timer, Speed Control & Motor and all are good.
Checked door lock switch by opening door and pulling out Timer - nothing happens. Close the door and washer fills. Detergent fill door does same. Open it and nothing when Timer is engaged, or close it and the washer fills, cycles.
The motor is energized but does not move. It spins freely by hand.Does any one have an idea of what to test next?
Appreciating your aid and direction.
ANSWER Hello Leon. If there is power to the motor, and it does not run, you will need to order and replace the motor on the unit.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Monday, January 20, 2014