06:53AM | 09/23/09
Member Since: 09/22/09
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I have a GE WJSE4150B1WW Washing Machine. It is a top loading machine with a two-speed thermally protected motor, clutch, belt drive, and transmission. Motor spins clockwise for agitate, counter-clockwise for spin cycle. I'm having an issue that I would believe is the motor, but wanted to get advice first. It started a few months ago with a electrical burning smell. Cut off in the middle of a cycle. When running the machine it It has progressively gotten worse.

What happens now: It fills with water fine. It will enter the agitate cycle, powering the motor. If the unit has been off for quite some time (motor at room temperature) it will run for a 15-30 seconds, then kick off. Motor is pretty warm to touch, and I even saw it emit a tiny bit of smoke. Obviously overheated and the overloads are kicking it out. Controller doesn't realize it is out so cycle progresses. Motor eventually cools, kicks back on, and runs for 15 seconds or so, again getting warm. It will drain after some time, refill, drain, then start the spin cycle. Spin does the same thing. Gets up to speed, runs for 15-30 seconds, then kicks off. It does this regardless of having a Super load, or with no clothes or water in the drum (diagnostic mode).

Based on this I'm certain that the motor is reaching thermal overload, tripping out, and cooling back to safe temperature. I'd buy a new motor, but my only concern is the overload. The motor is connected through a clutch and belt to the transmission. Since the motor is overloading, I'm not sure if the tranmission is bad, causing too much load, thereby tripping the motor, or if indeed the motor itself is bad. Before I buy the motor I'm looking for advice or experience with such a problem, and hoping someone can tell me for sure that the motor is the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Tranmission doesn't seem to make any strange noises, however I just don't know how to test the tranmission to see if it is seizing up and thereby overheating my motor.

If you do recommend a new motor, any information on the old versus "upgrade" two-speed motor. Seems there is a new motor being recommended, but it doesn't have the same wire harness...

Thanks in advance.


09:47AM | 09/24/09
Member Since: 11/11/02
2288 lifetime posts
** Spin does the same thing... I just don't know how to test the tranmission to see if it is seizing up and thereby overheating my motor. **

A transmission failure would NOT usually cause a problem on both wash and spin, just one or the other. But removing the belt and turning the transmission pulley in each direction should give an idea if it is functioning properly or not. Turning the pulley in one direction causes agitation, in the other the tub to turn.

** Seems there is a new motor being recommended, but it doesn't have the same wire harness... **

The replacement motor kit should come with any necessary wiring changes. The new motor design is far superior to the original motor type that was used during production.

- Redesigned GE Washer Motor Kit



Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site



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