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ShannonKalk

02:27PM | 08/20/05
Member Since: 08/19/05
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My whirlpool washer stopped working this week. It fills with water, goes through the first wash cycle, then drains down to about the size of an extra small load. It doesn't do anything after that.

I don't have any idea how are it is because it was a hand-me-down. It is a Whirlpool Design 2000. Serial #081724142, model #LA555OXPN7.

I would like to know the possible problem and the possible age of the washer. I am trying to decide if it is worth having someone come out and give me an estimate.

Thank you for any information you can give me.

DanO

06:14PM | 08/20/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2288 lifetime posts
Incomplete draining could be caused by a plugged or kinked drain hose (external or internal) or a defective pump. I can't think of what would cause it to completely stop except maybe a problem in the timer shutting down the motor prematurely. Will it work if the timer is manually advance to a different cycle, at the time of the stoppage?

- Whirlpool Washer Timer

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/data.php?rc=520891

If the motor was overheating and cutting out prematurely, the timer would usually continue on to the end of the cycle. I assume the timer is stopping at the point where the washer does?

BTW. The washer (including the timer) would normally stop at the *beginning* of the drain/spin cycle if the lid was open or there was a problem with the lid switch. But if that were the problem, it shouldn't drain *at all*.

** Serial # 081724142, model # LA555OXPN7. I would like to know the possible age of the washer. **

The age is determined with the serial number but yours doesn't look quite right. AFAIK, Whirlpool serial numbers should start with at least one letter. Assuming the "0" is some letter instead, it would make your washer manufactured the 17 week of 1988.

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Whirlpool+Washer

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ShannonKalk

07:34AM | 08/21/05
Member Since: 08/19/05
4 lifetime posts
I dumped all the water out of the washer and restarted it. now it won't drain the water at all. I can advance the dial to skip the draining and spinning and it will continue until it is time for it to drain the water again. Then it stops for good.

I double checked the serial number and it looks right. The only letter/number that I am unsure of is the O or 0 (zero).

Do you think I should get it repaired since it was manufactured in 1988 or replace it?

DanO

12:33PM | 08/21/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2288 lifetime posts
** now it won't drain the water at all. I can advance the dial to skip the draining and spinning and it will continue until it is time for it to drain the water again. **

So it just stops right where the drain/spin is suppose to start and never advances from that point on?

If so, there may just be a problem with the washer's lid switch (see the following link) or actuator. Maybe it crapped out in the middle of that cycle before which caused the half full tub?

- Whirlpool Washer Lid Switch

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/data.php?rc=3406

** Do you think I should get it repaired since it was manufactured in 1988 or replace it? **

Unless it was a fairly serious problem or the machine is in poor general condition (rusting, *extremely* noisy, etc.), that machine would usually be worth while to get repaired. They are still selling the same basic design today although newer models likely use slightly less water.

JMO

Dan O.

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DanO

01:53PM | 08/22/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2288 lifetime posts
** Can you tell me what an actuator is **

Something that actuates (aka. activates) something else.

** I double checked the lid switch and that doesn't seem to be the problem. **

You actually tested it using an ohmmter or continuity tester?

** how much I can expect to have [a lid switch actuator] replaced for? **

I have no idea what the service rates are wherever you happen to live but such a job would likely take less than a half-hour which should usually be less than $100... depending.

** do you think it might be the pump? **

A problem in the pump would not cause the timer to stall (stick in one position). So no, a defective pump is NOT likely to cause the symptoms you reported.

Dan O.

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joek817

01:22PM | 09/19/05
Member Since: 09/18/05
1 lifetime posts
hey shannon, i have the EXACT same problem... it stops in the middle of a cycle where i think it is supposed to drain the water, but i can push the knob back in and advance the timer a little bit and it will continue to agitate...

i tested my switch and it shows continuity when the lid is closed...

i replaced the pump and still no go...

how can u test if the timer is bad? why would it only stop every time when it's supposed to drain?

the spin cycle also doesn't work... will this only work if the tub is not filled with water?

thanks.

DanO

03:27PM | 09/19/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2288 lifetime posts
** how can u test if the timer is bad? **

Isolate the contacts for the spin cycle (the washer drains during the spin cycle, even if the tub isn't spinning at that time) and test them for continuity when the timer is in the appropriate position for those contacts to be closed.

Depending on the timer used in whatever make and model of washer you have, it may have an inspection plate on it which can be opened to visually inspect the timer's contacts for signs of arching or burning. Either would usually be a sign of a problem.

** why would it only stop every time when it's supposed to drain? **

The only thing I know of that would repeatedly stop the timer and only at the start of the drain/spin cycle is a problem with the lid switch or the lid switch's actuator. I suggest you give that another thorough look.

BTW. It is possible for switches to test Ok with an ohm meter or continuity tester and only open up (aka fail) when under a heavy load like regular operating conditions.

JFYI

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Clothes+Washer

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BV001347

12:07PM | 06/18/13
Have a Whirlpool washer design 2000 Model:LA5550XPW7
Serie: C81143622
2 speed 6 cycle is not doing the last cycle of spin to drain the water what could it be.
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