Duane Davis

GE Washing machine Doesn't spin or agitate

GE Brand, model WDSR2080DBWW washing machine. It fills, drains, does not agitate or spin...and it seems that the cycle timer doesn't move. I removed the bottom access panel and the belt is taught and intact. I believe the problem is either the clutch and/or motor or the timer switch is shot.

What do you think it is? Is this something I can repair myself, and if so how. If you recommend a service tech how much does it generally cost to have someone come to my home and fix it, and considering that it might be cheaper, how much would it likely cost to load it up and bring it the repair shop?

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Fred M
If the washer will fill and drain then most likely the problem will be caused by a bad motor, timer or lid switch.

The WH12X10275 lid switch is the part that is often overlooked but a bad lid switch on this washer will not allow the motor to run in agitation or spin.

The wiring diagram in the image below may help you see the possible problems.

I'd suggest checking the lid switch first. This would require a volt/ohm meter and you be comfortable using it.

The lid switch at approximately $16 dollars would be a good do-it-yourself problem The WH49X10040 motor is closer to $183 dollars. The minimum charge for a technician to come out is approximately $129 dollars.

Keep in mind that brand new similar washers start at approximately $329 dollars.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services


The 2nd image shows how to raise the top and remove the front panel to access most parts. I'd suggest starting with the lid switch. It can be checked for continuity or it can be bypassed by using a small piece of insulated wire.

Remember to unplug the washer first.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If there are any additional details I may be able to assist you further.
by Fred M Earned 3,804 community points in Washers
July 22nd, 2010
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