Washing Machine-2, Me-0
October 4, 2010 11:18 AM   Subscribe

I replaced the water level pressure switch on my GE top loading washing machine (whdsr209daww) - but I didn't fix the problem. What now?

Initial problem: washer went through a wash cycle, rinse cycle, got to spin cycle and wouldn't spin. When I said oh, okay, I'll just wash the clothes again, I found that the washer wouldn't send any water in. Timer advanced normally, I heard a pump sound like it was trying to get rid of water even though none was there.

I replaced the water level pressure switch and tried the washer. It filled with water, and as it was filling and not stopping I said oh no, forgot to reconnect a little plastic tube to the pressure switch. So I did that and just spun the load dry.

Put in a new load - second load post repair - and the same issue as the original issue. Won't spin, won't fill with water again.

Do I keep trying to fix this? The switch was $65 total, the valve I think I might need to replace is another $50 or so - I am just frustrated and want to fix this!

If you've got an idea, or you're pretty sure I need to replace the valve, I'd love to hear it!
posted by mrs. taters to Home & Garden (1 answer total)
Best answer: The switches are relative water level sensors; connecting it while their is water in the washer will cause a misfunction. The fact you got water after replacing the switch means it is probably not the valve.

Disconnect the sense tube from the switch and then blow it out (just mouth pressure is fine). Do this while the washer is empty. There shouldn't be significant back pressure.

If it still doesn't work then you will have to gain access to the other end of the tube. Once you have the other end disconnected turn the washer to fill and then apply air pressure to the free end of the tube (as if you were blowing up a balloon). With no pressure the water should flow. With pressure the water should stop. Cycle the switch a couple times to make sure it's working. If it doesn't then check the tube for obstructions by disconnecting the valve end and blowing through it. Clear the blockage if it has one.

If you can't make the valve cycle then it is probably defective. Check it by disconnecting the wires and have a friend check for continuity with a meter while you apply pressure by blowing into the tube. If the switch is preforming correctly then you have some problem with your timer or water control circuitry.
posted by Mitheral at 12:43 PM on October 4, 2010

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