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My Frigidaire Washing machine will no longer agitate.  It will fill, spin, and drain no problem.  But when it gets to the agitate stage, the motor just hums/buzzes.  I have removed the belt, but that did not change anything.  I can turn the drum in one direction, but not the other.  I have tried putting it on agitate and turning the shaft/transmission by hand, but it still only spins in one direction with and without the belt. 

Any ideas on what to check next?  I read somewhere that it could be the capacitor, but do not know what to check for or if that is even related. 

 

Thanks for any help.

 

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wouldn't be the Capacitor if it works in Spin

model number ?



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FWS933FS2 I believe, just emailed my wife to verify...

Its a topload washer.

 

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She confirmed that is the correct model.

 

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Deadpool9 wrote: ... the agitate stage, the motor just hums/buzzes.  I have removed the belt, but that did not change anything....

so the Washer Spins OK, but in the Agitate Cycle,
the Motor only "hums", even with the Belt removed ?



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On further investigation tonight, I have found that it is not the motor that hums.  I found that the humming was coming from the back of the washer, on the electrical connections that go to the water lines.  I found that by turning the water temperature knob that the humming got louder / quieter.  If I unplugged either the connections from the back of the knob or from the water hoses, the humming stopped.  I reseated all the electrical connections I could find, but no luck so far.  Could this possibly be a bad switch or a bad ground somewhere?

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the buzzing from the valve is normal...when its buzzing it should either be in the fill or rinse cycles and there should be water coming into the machine. By your complaint of the "no agitate" your not getting any water into the machine (wont begin washing without water). Remove the hoses from the back of the washer , you may get lucky and one of the screens may be clogged...probably the "cold".

If all that looks good and you know you have water to the machine then you will need to replace the water valve.

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Ah yes, I guess with the sound of the water filling I never noticed the buzz before.

But I did find the problem!

I tried twisting the agitator around and heard a sharp pop.  I thought maybe I had broke the transmission or something.  But I went ahead and filled the tub with water and closed the lid and heard the motor spin up, so I turned it back off and put the belt back on and turned it back on.  Out in the bottom of the tub came a small mangled up carabiner.  :shock:  And the washer started back working like normal.  I guess it had got something jammed up and was causing the belt to slip which caused the burning smell.

 

Thanks for your help guys, it was greatly appreciated.

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