Frigidaire-White Westinghouse Washing Machine Help

Frigidaire - White Westinghouse ( some Kelvinator ) Top load washers....

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  1. Changing a common lid/lock switch assembly help
  2. Frigidaire washer, White Westinghouse general information
  3. Having trouble removing that timer knob?...this should help you out
  4. Help for storing an appliance
  5. How a washer works, good to read this first
  6. How to prevent socks from getting into your pump
  7. How does the agitator come off my washer?
  8. Important Disclaimer
  9. My clothes have a whiting on them that looks like lint.
  10. My washer has a funky odor
  11. Newer style Frig - White/West washer spring and idler assembly
  12. Ohm testing an capacitor
  13. Slow water fills
  14. Squeaking noises in the spin cycle
  15. Washer Basics: Filling with water
  16. Washer sample wiring diagrams
  17. Washer belts: If your belt on any washer looks like this, replace the belt(s).
  18. White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer: How to access the working parts of the washer
  19. White Westinghouse, Frigidaire stacked washer and dryer: How to take apart some take apart helps for a Frigidaire built stacked washer and dryer ( Frigidaire also builds many of the GE and Sears Kenmore units )
  20. White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer: - spins and washes at same time
  21. White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer: - wont spin often the motor won't run.
  22. White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer: - burning belts
  23. White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer - leaks
  24. White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer - noises

White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer:

This washer is a belt driven washer. Older versions of these washers had the pump built on top of the motor, e.g. one.....e.g. two..... newest style of this washer has a separate pump and motor for the draining of the water. One style has a stationary transmission and newer one has a transmission that turns during the spinning of the washer. If one part of your washer quits, split your problem in 1/2....try to turn the belt by hand, either in agitation or spin to find out if it is capable to mechanically work, if yes, possible electrical problem (timer, switches, motor, etc). If washer still won't spin or agitate when you turn the belt by hand, possible mechanical problem (belt, transmission, pulleys, bearings, etc).

Wash basket breakdown of older style White Westinghouse, Kelvinator, Frigidaire

White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer: How to take apart

This is the newest washer front, remove these screws and pull down on the front panel to remove it. This is a break down of what you will see, the most common parts of the drive can be accessed from the front.

White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer: - wont spin

One of the largest problems with this washer has been the lid switch, you must check it out with a ohm meter, if the switch quits you will lose power to the motor. Things can get caught between the tanks as well, this machine is bad for the center bearing tightening up and the spin will quit. This is a new close up picture of a typical lid switch. You can temporarily join the wires together to test the motor and washer operations.

White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer: - burning belts

Using the correct belt on this style of washer is important, there are several different belts depending on which model and year washer you have. The belt is a cloth belt which slips in the spin mode and acts like a clutch. Here is some possible reasons for why the belt might burn off....

  1. Rusty motor pulley. Residue from burning belt must be cleaned off thoroughly from the motor pulley.
  2. Spring adjustment-must allow the belt to slip and act as clutch when getting up to spin speed.
  3. Something stuck in the pump.
  4. Drain hose must be clear and allowing the water to clear machine properly. The rubber backflow flapper in the drain is giving some problems. Some say to dispose of it.
  5. Do not try to pump water higher than five feet.
  6. Water siphoning from the washer and washer agitating dry.
  7. Warped and wobbling transmission pulleys. I sell a lot of these that have come loose and wobbled out the center of the pulley.
  8. Tight center bearing. Replaced along with belt and water seal kit. Something between the tubs causing drag on the wash basket. This would also cause slow draining problems that could burn the belt.
  9. These washers are known for the transmissions locking up in agitation and cooking belt...turning transmission pulley will free it again (like installing belt) and it will work for a couple loads....look at the transmission carefully.

White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer: - spins and washes at same time -

Unfortunately the transmission causes this almost all the time :-( You will probably need a new transmission.

White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer: - leaks

Check the pump assembly ( this is a common pump ) first for a leaking problem, ( changing a common Frigidaire pump tips ) check fill valve, hoses, and center seal under the outer tank in the middle where the transmission goes inside the washer. The button catcher ( on older style washer ) on the side of the outer tank is also bad for leaking. See #'s 16, 17, 18 for the button catcher, grommet and clamp. Replace them all at the same time, the grommet is glued as well as clipped into the outer tank. With the use of plastic drain hoses on many machines today, this has become a common leak trouble maker. The drain hose can rub the wall or a pipe and this will rub a hole in the drain hose.

Changing a pump tips:

The pump is pressed onto the motor shaft. The motor shaft often starts to rust and the shaft swells out and holds onto the pump...tightly!! Often need to...remove power, remove the pump clips, remove the hoses from the pump assy. if the pump assy will not lift off of the motor shaft, you may need to remove the motor & pump together and break off the pump assy. A hammer and flat screwdriver can usually crack the old pump so it can be replaced. Sand/clean the motor shaft before installing the new pump.

White Westinghouse, Frigidaire washer: - Noises

Often something works it's way into the pump and makes a clicking or scraping noise. Another bad spot on this washer is the snubber ring that sits between the base and the drive unit.

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