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tropmex 03-12-2008 10:12 PM

Old GE Washer Motor Overheat
Hi Everyone.

I have a old old model GE Washer. The motor can only run for about 20 seconds and get overheated and quit. It smells burn every time the motor runs.
I replaced the Start Relay and it did not solve the problem. I turn the machine by hand and it can spin freely.
I am just wondering if there is any other issue I should look into.
The machine had a leaky pump and was just replaced. Could water get into the motor be an issue? Also, the timer can not be turned very smoothly. Is this another possibility?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


girltech 03-13-2008 02:15 PM

If water did get in the motor it could have done damage.

Even if the motor turn freely when it is cold the bearing in the motor may be seizing up as the motor turns. This will cause the motor to over heat and cut out on it overload.

The timer will not cause the motor to cut out on the overload.

For a breakdown of your washer and your appliance parts get them here.

tropmex 03-14-2008 01:51 AM

should the motor be replaced
Hi Girltech

Thanks for your information.
Do you think the motor is fixable or it should be replaced?

Thanks again


girltech 03-14-2008 06:16 AM

Hi Gordon

Unfortunately the motor is a sealed unit and will have to be replace.

Before you replace the motor you should consider the age of the washer as the motor will likely run a round $150.00.

You did just replace the pump so if the washer is still in good shape and you don't have any oil under the washer it would be worth the repair.


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