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Old 10-01-2013, 08:45 PM
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I've got a top loading washer that won't drain, I pulled both discharge hoses off the unit and found no clocks and the water pump turned freely in my hand when I spun it.

When you turn the machine on you here the power on but no draining the unit won't spin etc. Any ideas?
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:30 PM
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Not sure but I just fixed my washer machine with a $40 part and 2 YouTube videos and google... Saved about $150 in labor. If no one can point you in the right direction here, may check there.

I'm going to guess its something with the pump though if the lines aren't clogged...How old is the machine?
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:05 AM
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Sorry no help but I did the same as Double J and Youtubed it. Changed out the control panel circuit board and saved myself a few hundred.

Check YouTube.
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:17 AM
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Most likely the motor itself. I've replaced a few motors on Speed Queens in a commercial application and fixed the same sounding issue. It wasn't all that bad to do at all and the motors ain't all that expensive either.
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:44 AM
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Lid switch
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:58 AM
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A little search on the internet for the exact model will likely get you the common problem. If it's new enough there should be some way to figure out whats happening with it. I have fixed a couple of them recently this way....in both cases it was the pump motor. Just because it turns freely doesn't mean it's working.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:28 AM
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Lid switch
That's what happened to mine. If that's the proplem, you can disable the switch.
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Lid switch

Simple test is to bypass the switch. I'd be careful to leave it bypassed though, that thing hurts when you reach into it while it's spinning.........at least that's what my wife told me.
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Most top loading machines have a small plastic union between the motor and the agitator that breaks when something jams so you don't trash the motor or gearing. If your agitator does not go back and forth, it is likely your problem. If broken, your agitator will spin freely because it is not connected to anything. If it goes back and forth but won't go into the spin cycle, then check the lid switch.

The coupling is $10 and I got mine from a local appliance repair place - they had lots of them and didn't need to know the model number, pretty common. It sucks to replace as you need to remove the entire metal cabinet housing. Not the end of the world, but takes some time and there are lots of screws that have nothing to do with getting it off.

When my lid switch failed, I cut the two leads and wire-nutted and taped them together.
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:14 PM
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Need make and model.
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Originally Posted by UT_VOLS13 View Post
Lid switch
My previous researched suggested this also.

Has www.repairclinic.com been posted?
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:31 PM
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Thanks will get make and model ASAP.

I'm almost sure it's a roper coin operated unit. it's about 7 yrs old in a 3 family house (no kids). Pretty sure the lid switch is working, when I open it the little yellow light goes out and the electric slight hum stops.
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Sounds like lid switch but still need more info. Is unit filling with water? Does washer agitate ?
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www.repairclinic.com will help with diagnosis.

Have M# and S# handy.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:04 PM
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This happened to me quite a but with my front loader. The first time it happened I called for service, but watched what the guy did. Basically there was a filter screen that was plugged with coins, toys, baby socks, etc. I'm glad I watched because it was easy to do myself.

I know you don't have kids, and you have a top loader, but maybe you have a filter screen in the drain assembly.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by China Rider View Post
Lid switch

Simple test is to bypass the switch. I'd be careful to leave it bypassed though, that thing hurts when you reach into it while it's spinning.........at least that's what my wife told me.
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Washer starts spinning when pumping out, and won't spin when it thinks the door is open, so it won't pump or spin

Bypass it to test, or just leave it bypassed
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:21 PM
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Thanks guys I'll look into it ASAP, it's not my machine and I don't have access everyday, worse is it's coin operated and my MIL doesn't have the key to the access panel, so changing modes is another set of quarters and start again. I'll look at the closer and see what I can do.
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