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    Default ge washer motor humming

    Model - WJRR4170G1
    Serial - GR158527G

    This thing will only hum when it fills with water. It does pump the water out. When it is time for motor itself to work, it only hums. No agitate or spinning.

    I looked at the schematic but am pretty much lost as I cannot read that small printing. The lid switch had been bypassed.

    If it was as simple as the motor needing reset, it would not hum, correct?

    Capacitor?

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    This thing will only hum when it fills with water. It does pump the water out. When it is time for motor itself to work, it only hums. No agitate or spinning.
    Seperate drain pump for draining only.

    Slip the belt off, same effect?

    Any light flashes on the motor?

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    Will update as soon as I can.

    Thanks.

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    Just rotate the large pulley by hand. If not jammed, then motor/inverter is likely bad. You can check for proper voltages from timer to confirm. This chart gives voltages for various modes, LA (low agitate) HA (high agitate)...etc. C2 is leftmost plug on inverter (wht/red wire) and C4 is rightmost plug, pins 1-5 left to right (nothing on pin 1). If voltages are correct, then motor/inverter is bad. Here is tech sheet in pdf so you can zoom in and read it better. Oh well, can't upload it as it's 1.49Mb

    Eric


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    I appreciate that. I have a couple of magnifying glasses I might use to read the diagram/schematic tomorrow.

    I did reach in and turned the motor pulley today with no problem. Looked like the tub turned a little with very little effort turning the motor pulley.

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    From appliancerepair.net

    SYMPTOM: MOTOR STARTING PROBLEMS AND / OR BLEACH LEAK

    Another problem experienced with these washing fmachines is with a bleach dispenser / hose installed only on two-speed machines. Besides the fact that bleach is very hard on plastic and rubber parts, such as the hose itself, the hose chafes on one of the suspension rods until a hole develops. (Figure FA-3) Bleach then dribbles out and directly onto the drive motor connectors. The symptom is that the drive motor hums and will not start. There is a replacement wiring harness available; try that first. If the drive motor still won't start, it may need to be replaced. See section 6-4. Incidentally, you won't see this except in the earliest models; when this problem started showing up, GE quickly redesigned the bleach dispenser hose routing.

    This may be something to check also. That being said, this one may not go back far enough. It appears to be 1996 or 2008. I'm thinking 2008.
    Last edited by Boman; 02-02-2014 at 08:45 PM.

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    If not jammed, then motor/inverter is likely bad
    Most fault codes or issues on this machine comes back as "replace the motor/inverter".

    jeff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boman View Post
    SYMPTOM: MOTOR STARTING PROBLEMS AND / OR BLEACH LEAK

    Another problem experienced with these washing fmachines is with a bleach dispenser / hose installed only on two-speed machines.

    This may be something to check also. That being said, this one may not go back far enough. It appears to be 1996 or 2008. I'm thinking 2008.
    The machine your working on is a Hydrowave model. They came out in 2006. The leaking bleach hose problem pertains to early models of the older T models that have transmissions and single phase two-speed induction motors. The Hydrowave models use a three phase dc PWM motor and has no transmission.

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    Hydrowave? I thought hydrowaves all had the short agitator/wash plate.

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    Some have the traditional agitator, some have the wash plate. Hydrowave refers to the technology. Slow long arc movement of the agitator/wash plate without using a transmission, vs the older T style with fast short arc movement using a transmission.

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