Where exactly in the machine is the start capacitor located?
Answer Hello Fred, The capacitor is located odwn in the bottom by the motor.
My washer take water and drain (tested by turning the timer by hand), but the motor won't spin or agitate on cycle but you can hear a humm sound also the motor heats up. By the way the capacitor looks melted.
Answer Jose', The capacitor WH12X10462 should not be deformed in any manner(melted, cracked, bulging, etc.). This could be the cause of the motor humming and not running, not enough voltage to turn the motor. Thia is also an indication of a voltage issue, most likely to the washer. You need to check voltage at the outlet, when the washer motor is in the start winding and trying to start, the voltage must remain above 108 VAC. You would also want to test the motor winding resistances to verify the motor is not the issue. Across the M3 and M7 terminals(red and purple wires) on the motor would expect to see 4 to 7 ohms resistance. across the M2 and M6 (yellow and blue wires) would expect to see 1 to 3 ohms resistance.
drum does not spin, lid switch seems to be functioning, i was going to change capacitor, does that sound correct thing to do?
Answer Bob, Not really, especially if the washer fills and agitates ? Capacitors either work or don't work, most of the time. So you will need to check the lid switch circuits WH12X10531 to ensure the switch circuit opens and closes with the lid movement. You'll also need to test the water level switch WH12X10065 if the switch circuit does not reset to the empty position after the tub drains, the washer won't spin.
is the capacitor (part # WH12X10462) used to start both low and high speed on a dual speed motor..no problem with agitator but intermittent spin cycle...sometimes spins fast,sometimes slow and at times not at all...(motor gets very hot during this cycle) have replaced motor,and belt, checked switches etc. can engage spin cycle if manually turn belt and drive
Answer Dave, Yes a capacitor WH12X10462 controls and "steps up" the voltage to the motor in both start windings. But based on your information, the capacitor is not the issue, first, they either work or don't work, are good or not good. They usually aren't intermittent. You'll need to start looking for an issue in the lid switch, timer, or possibly a voltage situation, (less than 108 VAC at the outlet when the motor starts at a spin cycle).
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What task does the GE Capacitor perform?
Answer Hello Cris. The capacitor WH12X10462 is used to store energy for the motor to start and run the motor. Hope this helps.