Is your GE washing machine not operating? Fortunately, this guide for repairing your GE washer will guide you through the necessary steps. These are the exact procedures I follow when professionally repairing washers. Therefore, carefully review each section, and your washer will function again in no time.
If your washer is not running, there could be several issues, but first, you need to narrow down the possibilities. Begin by turning the timer knob to the "spin" setting and then switching on the washer. Pay close attention to the sounds you hear. If it appears that the motor is running (you may also hear the pump operating), but the tub is not turning, proceed to the section on checking the belt. If you only hear the pump running, start from the beginning.
Reasons Why GE Washer Is Not Working
Mechanical Lid Switch
The most frequent issue causing GE washers to not run related to the lid switch. A malfunctioning lid switch can result in the washer not spinning or washing. However, it's possible that the problem lies with the lid switch actuator. Lid switch actuators are present only in washers equipped with mechanical lid switches.
These actuators consist of two components: one on the washer's lid and the other on the lid switch located beneath the washer's casing (at the top, beneath the lid where there is a hole). Often, the issue occurs when the actuator on the lid switch becomes dislodged. In such a case, when you inspect the hole beneath the actuator, it should appear empty.
To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
- Remove the front panel of the washer (insert a butter knife between the top and front, pushing on the clips).
- Search for the actuator, which is oval and white, usually found at the bottom of the washer.
- If you find the actuator, remove the top of the washer and reattach it (it should snap back into place). Applying some adhesive to prevent it from falling off again is advisable.
- Examine the lid to check if the other actuator has also detached. If it has, it requires replacement.
- If there are no issues with the lid switch actuator, the lid switch itself may be faulty. To check this:
- First, unplug the washer.
- Remove the top of the washer (secured by two screws behind the front panel).
- Use an ohmmeter to check for continuity between the two wires you had to unplug to remove the top. There should be continuity between the two wires when the lid is closed; if not, the switch is defective and needs replacement.
There are two types of mechanical lid switches available, differing in length. The part number for the six-inch one is WH12X1044.
Magnetic Lid Switch
Magnetic lid switches typically have a low failure rate, and when they do fail, it's often due to external factors such as something coming into contact with the top of the washing tub and damaging the wires. However, if you suspect that the magnetic lid switch is faulty (after exploring other potential issues), you can perform a check. Here are the steps:
- First, ensure the washer is unplugged.
- Remove the front panel (you can do this by inserting a butter knife between the top and the front panel and gently pushing on the clips to release it).
- Cut the wires connected to the lid switch, but make sure to leave enough wire in case you need to reinstall it.
- Using an ohmmeter, check for continuity between the wires going to the lid switch.
- If you have continuity with the lid in the closed position, the switch is still functioning properly. If there's no continuity, then the switch is indeed faulty and should be replaced.
Pros and Cons GE Washer
- Advanced Technology
- Limited Availability
Differences Between GE Washers and Maytag Washers
While GE appliances are generally reliable, repairs can sometimes be more complex, and finding replacement parts may require assistance from authorized service providers.
Maytag appliances are often lauded for their ease of repair and maintenance. Replacement parts are widely available, and DIY repairs may be more feasible.
Alternative to GE Washer
Speed Queen is a brand known for its commercial-grade durability. If you prioritize robust construction and reliability, their washers may be a good choice.
Timer Or Motor
Checking timers can be a complex task. However, if the lid switch is functioning correctly, a faulty timer could be the issue. The only other potential cause would be a malfunctioning motor. It's worth noting that timers tend to malfunction more frequently than motors. To determine whether the timer is the problem, you can examine the voltage at the motor. Faulty motors often emit a humming sound.
However, it's essential to understand that the procedure for checking motor voltage can vary significantly based on the washer model, making it too risky for me to provide specific instructions. If you are familiar with reading wiring diagrams, you should find one near the timer that may guide you.
Nonetheless, I strongly advise against attempting this procedure unless you are highly experienced, and if you do choose to proceed (which I do not recommend), exercise extreme caution and ensure the washer is on, taking care not to expose yourself to electric shock. Should you find no voltage at the motor during this process, consider replacing the timer. Conversely, if you do detect voltage at the motor, replacing the motor may be necessary.
If your washing machine isn't functioning properly, particularly if it's not spinning or washing, it's possible that the issue lies with the belt. To assess the condition of the belt, follow these steps:
- Begin by ensuring the washer is unplugged to ensure safety.
- Remove the front panel by gently inserting a butter knife between the top and the front, using it to press on the clips to release the front panel.
- Locate the belt beneath the transmission and carefully inspect it to determine if it is either broken or excessively worn.
The clutch serves as a mechanism that enables the motor to reach its full speed before engaging with the transmission. It's important to note that GE has discontinued the use of clutches in their washers for some time, so your washer may not feature a clutch. In such cases, there will typically be a simple pulley located at the bottom of the motor.
There are two common issues associated with clutches. First, the clip that secures it to the motor can break, causing the clutch to detach. If this occurs, you should replace the clip and inspect the belt, as it might have sustained damage when the clutch came off.
The second issue with clutches is when they break in half. In such situations, it's advisable to replace both the belt and the clutch.
when faced with the issue of a GE washer not working, it's essential to systematically diagnose and address the potential causes. Common culprits may include problems with the lid switch, belt, transmission, or clutch.
Carefully examining each of these components and seeking professional assistance when needed can help restore your washer's functionality and ensure its continued reliable performance. Remember, safety should always be a top priority when dealing with appliance troubleshooting and repairs.