After washing clothes, wouldn't drain or spin. Just makes timer buzzing noise. Check lid switch, pump, couplings and motor. Motor will spin when taken off of couplings and is plugged in. Couplings on gear will turn by hand and shaft turns in tub. What am I missing?
In most cases when the unit is not spinning or draining the first thing to look at is the pump and whether it is turning. The fact that the unit is not draining would be an indicator that the pump may be seized up and needing to be replaced or that there is something clogged in it.
I have a sears/whirlpool direct drive washer approx 5yrs old. The washer reaches the rinse cycle after agitating fine and won't pump out the water. I bypassed the lid switch took cabinet off and heard the motor humming at this time and getting hot. I was able to get it to pump and spin by helping it along at the coupler. I took the pump off ( no obstructions) it spins freely, the coupler is good, I took the motor off and was able to spin the coupler attached to transmission. The motor windings test ok with an ohmmeter and the motor switch as well. All that I can think of is the capacitor. I removed it and measured voltage across it and got zero, that should have been 120v in my opinion, using an ohmmeter it reads a open circuit across the terminals. Am I looking at a bad capacitor here? Thank you in advance
Answer Mark, The problem wouldn't be in the capacitor, you may have tested it wrong, and besides the washer motor wouldn't run in the agitate mode, either. Since the motor runs in the agitate mode, but hums in the spin / drain mode, the issue should be in the timer 8541945.
What does the capacitor actually do? Is it needed?
Answer Hello. The capacitor is like a boost starter for the motor and it is needed on the unit.