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Old 06-05-2012, 11:20 AM   #16
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I just had the same problem. Filled with water, but didn't start the cycle. Went to check it, nothing. Pushed the cycle button in and out, still nothing. THEN, I put the detergent on the closed lid, pulled the cycle button out, and it started!
Sounds like you were having lid switch problem
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:03 PM   #17
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Unplug the washer for 30 sec. then plug it back in and very quickly raise and close the washer lid five times within 10 sec.

Thank you so much for this tip!!! It worked perfectly on my Whirlpool this morning!!!
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Old 03-25-2018, 11:22 AM   #18
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Ditto; the switch might be intermittent and so it thinks the lid is open. Filling is not dangerous when the lid is open but agitating or spinning is.
Switch = ~$40 + your labor to replace.
New washer = less reliability? especially with electronic controls, and this is an elec. eng. speaking.


Do it with the power removed.


The switch is activated by the cover. Check that the switch is not covered with lint or soap scum. A small mirror and a flashlight would help to verify all is in order. A tooth brush or other could be used to clean that area.

Do it with the power removed.
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Old 03-25-2018, 11:31 AM   #19
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Don't we just love these new fangdangled electronic devices which repair themselves-as long as you know these little "tricks-of-the-trades"? On the OP's post it does sound as if there was a "weight" problem. There is a system within the unit which controls the water level and adding too many clothes, at times, confuses these "water level switches". When the "water level switch" thinks there is too high a water level within the tub, it will not let it agitate nor spin. Removing clothes and/or some water is the only way to reset the water level switch. "robert1633" Thanks for posting that useful information. Some readers here, obviously, will have that type of washer and can get theirs reset without having to make an expensive service call. David
To follow up with the David's posting. Always put the clothes into the washer and then turn on for the water. On some machines, the basin is weighed for the clothes. If the basin is empty, the water will fill to the level for "no clothes". That is where the washer thinks it should be, and after you add the clothes, the washer does not work well because it is overloaded with little water but much clothes.
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To follow up with the David's posting. Always put the clothes into the washer and then turn on for the water. On some machines, the basin is weighed for the clothes. If the basin is empty, the water will fill to the level for "no clothes". That is where the washer thinks it should be, and after you add the clothes, the washer does not work well because it is overloaded with little water but much clothes.


I second this - put the clothes in the washer then turn on water. But, tell that to laundry detergent manufacturers (pods, especially) that tell people to fill the tub with water first and the pods before adding clothes. If the water is already there, itís too easy for people to overload their washers with clothes because wet clothes compress and sink.
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Okay this is going to sound very stupid but I swear I am not punking you.

This washer has a board on the motor. If you remove the front cover by placing something like a putty knife at the ends at the front, the front of the washer can be removed.

If you look down at the motor and right on top of the motor you should see a blinking light. If the light is not blinking most likely the mode shifter has taken out the board and the mode shifter, board and lid switch needs to be replaced. If the light is blinking possibly good news. On the back of the unit if you remove the back of the control panel you will see a tech sheet. Open it up now count the blinks of the light, this is a diagnostic telling you why the motor is not working. The board can sometimes be reset by doing this,


Unplug the washer for 30 sec. then plug it back in and very quickly raise and close the washer lid five times within 10 sec. Then look at the light, if it is now blinking regularly once per second, the board is reset and you can wash a gain, try it a few times to make sure if it doesn't unplugging it each time. If it does not reset find the code on the tech sheet to determine the proper repair.
Genius... Same issues and thisfixed it
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