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Keeping Your Automatic Washer Troublefree

The best way that I have found to do is to make the diagnosis first from the symptoms of the machine, then from further tests in the areas where the particular problem is likely to occur. Symptoms are listed in the order they are most likely to incur in the cycle of the machine.

SYMPTOM: Water will not enter the machine

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Check the obvious first: An inlet hose may be crimped, or perhaps is turned off. Water-inlet hoses have filter screens. Sand or rust scaled off within the water line may have clogged the screens. Another filter is located in the inlet valve at the point where the hose attaches to the machine. Remove these screens and clean them under a running faucet, using an old tooth brush to remove all of the accumulation. Often these won’t appear to be clogged yet they won’t pass water, due to thin transparent film of algae. If cleaning doesn’t remove all, replace the screens. Don’t operate the washer without screens, as particles might lodge in the valve and prevent it from closing. If no results use your ears for a moment. Is there a low buzzing sound when the water should be coming in If not, go to the water­ in valve. To get to this valve you must raise the top of the washer. Remove the screws, raise the top tilt the back, and slide it forward. Before exposing any electrical conneclions in this manner, always unplug the machine. Water inlet valves in automatic washers are operated by a solenoid. When current flows through this coil, a magnetic field is created, raising if plunger inside the valve and allowing water to flow into the machine. When the magnetic force is removed, spring action seats the plunger and the water flow is shut off.

Your washer will have one, two, or three of these solenoids, de­pending oil the number of water-temperature selections. To check the coils, look for the wires leading to the water valve. Each coil will have two wires connected to its terminals. Check the coils for continuity and ground with your meter. A deflection should occur when the meter leads are placed across the terminals of a solenoid, denoting electrical continuity through the coils of wire within. To check for a ground, touch one meter lead to the frame of the cabinet, the other to each of the solenoid terminals in turn. No meter deflection should occur, no electrical leakage to ground. If either test shows that the solenoids is faulty, remove the screws that connect it to the valve and replace it with a new one obtained from your dealer. If all checks well, refer to the wiring diagram on the machine for it component marked “water-level switch” or “float switch.” This switch controls the amount of water entering the basket. The diagram shows one of the wires from the switch leading from the timer, and another leading to the inlet-valve solenoid or to the water-temperature Continuity should be read across these two terminals, water in the basket, and with one of the wires disconnected at the Dash on terminals. Now go to the water-temperature switch, and check for continuity from the terminal from the water-level switch file terminal leading to the solenoid in question. Keep in mind the short cuts possible when you use one of the best test instruments available your own ears. Listen to the machine. If you hear a slight hum, the solenoid is buzzing. This tells you that the solenoid, water-level switch, timer, temperature switch, and other washer components are good. The problem is mechanical. Check for restriction in the water line. By the same token, should no hum be heard, eliminate the mechanical operation of the water-inlet valve and devote your time to testing the electrical components with your meter. Applying your efforts and thinking along this line makes your diagnosis more accurate and much quicker, and prevents traveling up many blind alleys. It’s as easy its 1, 2, 3. Observe, listen, and analyze accordingly

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