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Not Starting
GE Hotpoint front serviceable washers


What to check when your washer is not starting

If the problem with your GE Hotpoint washer is that is not starting in any of the cycles that you try it on, you will need to check the following parts until you find the parts that is causing the problem.

Taking apart: To fix a GE Hotpoint washer that is not starting, the first thing that you need to learn before you try to fix it, is how to take it apart and how to put it back together properly. Once you know how to dismantle the washer, the repairs becomes easier to do.

If you need to check the timer, the water temperature switch, the water level switch, or the motor speed switch. You need just open the controls panel. If you need to check the motor, the pump, the clutch, or the transmission. Then you need to open the controls panel and remove the top and front panels.

The wall outlet: If the problem with your GE washer is that is not doing anything in any of the cycles, in other words the washer is dead, the first thing you need to check is the voltage at the wall outlet.

The easier way to check the outlet is by connecting a good working hair dryer to the outlet. If the hair dryer works ok, the problem is in the washer. If the hair dryer doesn’t work, then the problem could be a blown fuse, a tripped circuit breaker or a bad wall outlet.

If the problem is with the wiring in the house, you need to get a license electrician to take care of the house wiring. 

The power cord: If the problem with your GE washer is that is not doing anything in any of the cycles, in other words the washer is dead; the problem could be a bad power cord.

Disconnect the cord from the wall outlet, and examine the cord plug to make sure is not broken or burned. Open the controls panel and disconnect the cord from the wire harness. Set your multimeter on the lower scale to read ohms. Take a reading for continuity on the cord.

The timer: If the problem is that your washer won’t do anything in any of the cycles, the problem could be a bad timer. The timer is the brain of the washer. It is use to turn on and off all the electric parts on the washer.

The contacts inside of the timer open and close thousands of times during the life of the washer causing wear and tear on the contacts. When the contacts burn, electricity can’t flow to the intended electric parts, and the washer can’t do the intended job.

The motor: If your GE washer filled to the selected level, but the motor won’t start running to make the washer agitate, the problem could be a bad motor. 

The motor in your washer is the work horse of the machine. When the motor won’t run, the washer will not agitate or spin.

Sometimes the motor could start running ok, and after 20 to 30 minutes the motor could overheat and stop running.

It is hard to explained how to check & replace the motor with just words, just watch the video below to see how it is done.


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