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Your Questions About Ge Appliance Repair Jobs

Donald asks…

my GE washing machine Model: WHDSR209DAWW wont do the spin cycle..can some one help?

my washing machine will do everything fine except the spin cycle. please help me find out what i need to do to in order to fix it

James Conley answers:

It doesn’t pump or spin
If it doesn’t pump water out or spin, check to see if the motor is running, then proceed as follows:

If the motor is running, your washer probably has a frozen pump pulley or a broken pump belt. To check the pulley, remove the pump from the washer and try to rotate the pulley manually. If it doesn’t turn freely–if it’s frozen or stiff–replace it. If the pump belt is broken or looks quite worn, replace it–but be sure to check the pump pulley before you change the belt.

If the motor isn’t running, the lid switch may be defective. If so, the washing machine can’t spin and may not function at all. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it’s defective, you need to replace it.

It pumps, but doesn’t spin
If your washer pumps out the water but doesn’t spin, check these:

The lid switch may be defective. If it is, the washing machine doesn’t spin. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it’s defective, you need to replace it.

The motor coupler may be broken. Many Whirlpool®-manufactured washers use a small, relatively inexpensive motor coupling. It’s plastic and rubber and is mounted to the shaft of the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other. Over time, the coupler wears out and fails. You may need to replace it.

A belt may be broken. Many washing machines have one or two belts. If a belt is broken or badly worn, you need to replace it with a genuine belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts are designed with special characteristics not found in automotive belts.)

The clutch may be worn. If your washer is a GE, it may use a clutch to come up to the proper spin speed. As the clutch wears out, it may prevent the unit from spinning well or at all. If the clutch is worn, you need to replace it. For this job, you probably want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician.

The drive motor may be defective. Many washer brands use a reversing motor. For agitation the motor runs in one direction, for spinning and draining, the other. It’s possible for a motor to burn out in one direction and continue to operate in the other. If this happens, you need to replace the entire motor.

The transmission may not be shifting properly. Older washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially defective, the unit may drain the water but not spin. This is a complex system, if your washer has a shifter problem, you may want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician to repair it.

The spin bearing or basket drive may be worn or seized. These components allow the inner tub to spin freely inside the outer tub. When this is the problem, you usually hear a loud sound during the spin cycle. Call a qualified appliance repair technician.

Sandy asks…


I live in an apartment and when we moved in 8 years ago a brand new GE dishwasher was waiting (all the appliances were new when we moved in). Okay, because it IS in a complex, of course the washer isn’t ‘top of the line’ but until about a week ago it was doing a great job. Now my silverware (stainless steel) comes out with white blotches and film and I see the same residue on other dishes.

I have tried:
1) changing detergents (went from a packet of powder back to liquid)
2) using white vinegar in the rinse cycle
3) using a dishwasher cleaner in an EMPTY washer to clean and disinfect it
4) washing half loads and trying to keep the dishes from ‘nesting’
5) running the kitchen tap on hot for a minute to increase the water temp in the washer
6) pre-soaking the dirty utensils/cutlery before putting in the washer
7) made sure the Jet Dry dispenser is full


As I said, I know this washer is not ‘top of the line’ and a maintenance man indicated that this model doesn’t even have a ‘waste filter’ that might need cleaning because it is a basic (aka: cheap) model.

When I open the washer mid cycle, there is plenty of hot water and steam so I’m guessing the cal rod heating element is working. Is it just time for a new washer? I was brought up with GE products (Dad worked for GE so all the appliances we had growing up were HOTPOINT and GE–he was a ‘company man’ alright!) and I used to think they were pretty good. Now I don’t know…

Maybe a repair person can give me an idea of something else to try. Okay, it isn’t a world shaking crisis, but it is annoying and I would appreciate some ideas of a solution.

Many thanks in advance for your kind assistance!

James Conley answers:

Honey…. Do this three times… Fill the base of the dish washer with one gallon of vinegar. Yes it will smell for a while. Run the machine on the full and then repeat the process three times. Vinegar is a mild acid and will remove the lime scale that is causing your problem. Works fine on mine once every 12 months.


Michael asks…

College help? Should I get the AAs or go straight for SE?

I was originally thinking about getting my AA in CIS, networking, business, and other basics at my local very close very cheap community college, then get my masters in software engineering online through either CTU or UOP.

But I’m wondering now if I should just go to the com. college for my GE, then go straight to the universities for my masters? Do you think it’s worth the extra time and money to get the other little degrees and certificates?

I’m mostly planning on making my own software, and ultimately a company from that. But I may work for startups.

Let me know, appreciate it.

James Conley answers:

If your ultimate goal is the masters degree, then plan around that. You can go to the public community college to get general education requirements taken care of. You could get a college level associates degree based on that. Be sure to take only courses that will transfer to the university that you plan to attend later. Community colleges often have both non-college vocational classes as well as college level courses. For example, you cannot get a true college degree in auto body repair, hairstyling, welding, HVAC, appliance repair, or carpentry.

Talk to an academic adviser at the community college to make sure you pick only college level transferable courses. You could also visit a university to check their gen ed transfer requirements and get some additional guidance there.
Getting a college level associates degree in general studies might look good on a resume for a part time job while you were working on more advance degrees. Another benefit of the college transfer associates is based on agreements between public community colleges and universities. For example, in my state, a college level associates degree meets all the gen ed requirements towards a bachelors degree at any public university in the state. The colleges have worked out an agreement that helps guide the student into choosing only college level courses that will transfer and meet the gen ed requirements.
The next step would be to get a bachelorsuniversitya univsersity, then move on to a masters degree. You don’t get a masters without having the bachelors first. The masters could be at the same university you got your bachelors from, or you could choose another university for the masters.

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