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Old 02-13-2014, 08:25 PM   #1
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Need appliance advice

My 6-7 yr. old GE front loading washing machine does not want to pump water out. The pump is getting warm and humming but not pumping. I did notice that the drain hose was slightly plugged so I cleared it out. Still wont pump. I checked the impeller and it seems to spin freely. My guess is that the plugged up drain overheated the pump. I cannot decide if I want to take a chance and buy a new $150 pump, then find out the pump is not the problem, or just bite the bullet and but a new machine. Any of you appliance gurus have some advice.
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:51 AM   #2
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Can you get the pump out and take it apart?
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Old 02-14-2014, 05:20 AM   #3
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Typically, pump assemblies are just that -- assemblies that are replaceable but not serviceable, at least according to the Mfr.

But don't give up.

I'd remove it and see if I could identify what's wrong with it. Get a service manual and go through diagnostics. Even if it is a bad pump, $150 to get you going again is pretty decent.
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:26 PM   #4
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When mine did that a few months ago. I removed the rubber bellows below the pump. There is a screen/strainer in there. Somewhat difficult to remove, but it is removable. Clean thoroughly, reinstall and bob is your uncle.


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Old 02-14-2014, 01:21 PM   #5
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When it should run, have you tried to give i a small push in the turning direction? If it starts then and the motor uses a condensator, then the condensator could de defective. This can be replaced separately.
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:51 PM   #6
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Just lucked out. the local appliance place sold me a used exact replacement pump for $40. I ended up wiring the old pump up to a power cord and it is definatly done. The new/used pump spins well when powered up. I am going to install the new /used pump tonight. Thanks for all the advice
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