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|Posted: Tue Aug 31st, 2010 12:36 pm||
Budget Appliance Repair
1) I assume the only downside to soldering the connectors is safety -- someone could open the door and stick their head in there. Other concerns?
No other concerns, you know it's a safety issue, it's your problem if any injuries are caused by it. As a professional tech there's no way I could leave it that way for a customer.
2) Willie, before ordering the whole assembly, I tried to find just the wax motor, but it was confusing to figure out what to order. The number printed on the motor does not seem to match a replacement part number? I seem to recall some discussion about this elsewhere, but I'm curious how you would have obtained just the wax motor? In any event, the difference in price -- $40 -- is cheaper than a divorce.
I've been an appliance repair tech for 25 years, with experience you learn these things. Manufacture doesn't want you to be able to fix a part cheap, they want lots of MONEY!!! The part# you want to just replace the wax motor is: 12002535, it's the wax motor that is used in Maytag front load washers to lock the door, so basically same application and duty cycle.
Here's the link to order just the wax motor.
3) Finally, to follow up regarding the resistance. Ya, I'm an amateur. The meter was in "continuity mode", which I assumed would also read the resistance. When I measured just the resistance, I came up with about 400 ohms. Seem right?
400 ohms sounds on the low side and also as far as the length that the plunger extends, I just tested one today so that I could give you a better idea of how far the plunger should extend. It only actually moves a total of 3/8".
Something is obviously wrong in some way with yours as you proved that by soldering the door locked sense contacts together, unless you have a broken wire or something wrong in the control system not sending 110 volts to the wax motor when the door is suppose to be locked.
William Burk (Willie)
Willie's Budget Appliance Repair
Eureka, CA 95501