I just replaced a capacitor. My old one got burned out because water got inside it and it popped. Is the capacitor supposed to get hot? I'm very nevous that it might pop because it started to smoke.
Answer Hello Robert,
The capacitor should not get hot. If the capacitor is getting hot, the motor is either in a bind or the windings have shorted, providing too much voltage through the capacitor. The wiring and motor should be checked for proper resistances and connections. The voltage at the receptacle should be checked for the proper power supply and polarity. If you have further questions, please provide the model number so we can be specific to your unit and assist in locating the cause of the issue.
The washer will fill with water but won't do anything else on any setting. Could it be the timer?
Answer Hello Mary. You need to check the lid switch assembly 8318084 in the unit and see if it is bad. If so, it can cause the issues you are having with the unit.
How do you test the washer motor capacitor? Can it be tested with a meter or something?
Answer Hello David,
It can be tested with a capacitance meter CT1 easiest. It can be tested with a resistance meter, but this will tell you if the capacitor is shorted or open. It will not tell you the capacitive value if the component has drifted out of tolerance. You put the meter across the terminals and watch the display for counting up to infinity. This will occur quickly and disappear very quickly. Now reverse the leads on the terminals, (reverse the polarity). The same thing should happen, but a bit more pronounced. It will once again rise very quickly and go to an infinite reading. This tells you that the capacitor isn't shorted or open internally.