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 Posted: Wed Apr 25th, 2007 11:48 am
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So, my washer will not drain completely.  I checked all hoses and there are no kinks and the house drain appears to be working well as there are no slow draining sinks or tubs. 

At first, I noticed my clothes were very wet after the washer completed all cycles.  No problem, this has happened before.  I usually just set the dial back to final spin and let her rip.  Well this time an alarm sounded and the washer doesn't ever seem to enter the high spin cycle to dry the clothes and drain the water. 

I called GE, very nice people, not very helpful.  They instructed me to cut the power for 30 seconds and try again.  The Mrs. is going to try that today sometime. 

My questions are:

1. Does that seem to be a viable solution? Why?

2. If that doesn't work, what do I check when I get home tonight?

 

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I would suspect a clogged pump or drain trap....remove the front kick panel and access the pump assembly and check it  out....also remove the drain hose from the discharge tube and pump alittle water into a catch bucket or pan and see what kind of flow you have this should let you trouble shoot it pretty quick.......good  luck....check back

PS..you said that your washer doesn't drain completely and that your clothes were very wet, is there still water in the tub after spinning (if so pump)........it could be a problem with the washer getting up to speed to spin out correctly.....check for high spin at the end of the cycle



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Any idea about the alarm that sounds constantly during the final spin cycle?

There is definately water still in the drum.  It did not appear to ever get into the high spin cycle.

 

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Have not seen one of these GE washers, but do not believe any front loaders will go into spin with water in the tub, as was said, need to see why it is not draining...



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Basic law of front loaders:  No drainy, no spinny. 



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as said before then check the pump / trap area for starters as  MS. Pegi and the BOSS stated................ no drainy/ no spinny



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OK. Great, I get it now.  Not spinning and alarm sounding because water in tub.

I'll check it out later.

 

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I have another thought/question.  Can anyone tell me where the pump sucks from inside the drum?  I have a newborn that wears little socks and I noticed that they were getting stuck around door seal. I was just wondering if they could have been sucked into the drain tube or something.

Thanks for everyone's previous comments.

 

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here is a breakdown of the internals.........part 341/345 are what your looking for...hope it helps

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Pegi wrote: Have not seen one of these GE washers, but do not believe any front loaders will go into spin with water in the tub, as was said, need to see why it is not draining...

It is a FriGidairE with a rebadged control panel.

I'd wash that baby's socks and any other tuny washables in a lingerie bag to prevent future clogging probelms. Top-loaders are not immune to baby socks either.



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That gets interesting, AccApp... Frig-I-Dare made GE... the machine seems to have the same or VERY similar spin control board as this... http://applianceguru.com/forum2/12444.html ...so I was just wondering if it might have the same or very similar motor too, and if it goes down to that, if diacrisis between motor and board could be done the same way...

And no, I'm not telling our friend to concentrate on the brushes... :D



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Keinokuorma, that complete machine is a Frigidaire with G.E. name badge applied. Motor, speed control, pump, wash assembly, all the same parts and usually if you purchase parts labled with G.E. packaging you will pay 2 to 3 times more then if you purchased the same exact part packaged in a Frigidaire bag with the Frigidaire part#.

It helps to know this when purchasing parts or use a parts supplier that shows alternate identical parts under different manufacture part# to get the best deal on your parts, (Marcone is good for this).



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RCC only lists a fraction of the parts for this GE compared to the similar looking Friggy... and as it seems, the speed control for the Friggy could be used... it's 50% cheaper approximately, comes with a white bracket instead of the piece of sheet, but they look so much the same... so I bet the motor is the same too, only not listed for this GE...

Yep, starting to see the same thing happen with some domestic brands here...

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So, I went home last night checked the pump as instructed and everything is now working.  No, it wasn't infant baby socks.  Unfortunately, it was my fault.  As you can tell I would prefe to do things myself than to pay for labor.  Well, this holds true for everything in my house. Last weekend I was installing crown moulding in my daughter's room.  I had to remove a few finish nails from an old piece of moulding.  You guessed it I put them in my pocket and I washed the shorts.  Three nails in all were preventing the pump from spinning.  Note to self, let the Mrs. to laundry from now on as she always checks the pockets.

I know that must be funny to many of you. But wait theres more.  As I stated in my original post the drum was completely filled with water. Because I work fulltime and was a little hisitant to open up the washer at first the water sat there for three days.  It definately started to smell pretty rank.  Oh yeah, I opened up the hoses and woosh all the water drained onto the floor.  What a "home owner" thing to do.  Lesson learned!!!

Thanks to everyone at this site that provided instructions, images, and support.  This might be one of the best values on the internet.  Best $5 I have ever spent.  Hopefully I won't have anymore appliances break in the near future. But if I do, I know where to go.

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Joey

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bring it back to square one cleanliness wise.....1 cup of bleach no detergent and hot water and let it cycle through this should clean the gookus/ stagnated water smell out before doing a load of laundry .....also try to leave the door open if possible after and in between uses this will let the tub air dry and prohibit mold growth.those rubber boots are notorious for that.good fix and thanx for getting back to us



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I have a frigidaire 417.39012890 dated 1997. Last Saturday heavy loads like towels would not drain but light loads would. My husband and I attempted to follow the very clear directions to clean the pump and the rubber hose that lead to it. We removed dirt and two coins.
When we reconnected the red clamp, we were a bit off the mark. We got lots of water spiling out during the test wash. The plastic cover over the pump was not reattached at this time. We stopped the water and machine but gravity is a lovely thing. We used plastic bags and shop vac to clean up. We let dry for 4 hours with cover open.
After attaching hose clamp properly, it ran 3 loads perfectly. Now it does not drain again. The door lock light comes on and it does not go off when I tap the door. The timer advances but the machine does not spin. I read that front loader will not spin if they will not drain.

I have read several posts trying to determine what to do next. I am not familiar with the reading the volt sheet or using a volt meter. A used pump is only $20 and it seems to be easy to take out and replace. Please let me know if I am incorrect.

My local scrapper, repair person will also sell me a spin board for $20 but I have no idea how to replace that part. It seems that machine must be opened up for it, though. So I would need detailed directions. I can call my dad for help, too. He is much better with electronics, and volt meter.

So is the principle try the easiest, cheapest fix wise in this situation. I need my washer and a repair man cannot get to me until Tuesday and I do not want to spend too much on an older but faithful appliance. I would be happy to order from your web link if time were not a priority. Thank you for your advice.

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