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why won't my clothes washer go into Agitate mode?

Clothes Washer; Frigidaire model FWS1233FS0

The appliance will not change into the Agitate mode as required. What is causing this problem,
what replacement part is needed, and where can I find repair instructions?

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Hi Jacob! Welcome back to ManageMyLife.com! I understand how frustrating it can get when you are unable to use the washing machine. It looks like your Frigidaire washer uses a lid lock switch that stops the agitation operation when the lid is open. The lid switch also locks the washer lid when the washer is in a spin cycle. You can test this switch if you have a multitester and are comfortable with using it.

SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact your local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.

I have included instructions below on how to replace the switch if needed.

1. Unplug your power cord from the wall outlet. Pull the washer two feet away from the back wall. You will be raising the top panel and will need room in back of the washer.

2. Insert a 4-inch wide putty knife blade between the top and front panels. There is a retaining spring clip 4 inches from each corner securing the top panel to the washer. Press the putty knife blade over the spring clip, and pull up on the top panel to release the clip. Repeat for the other corner, and raise the top panel back to rest on the rear hinges.

3. Locate the lid lock assembly switch on the front right-hand corner of the top panel. Pull the wires at the metal leads with your fingers where the wires connect to the lid lock assembly switch terminals.

4. Remove the two screws securing the switch to the top panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Take the lid lock assembly switch to an appliance repair shop to get a new switch.

5. Align the securing holes on the lid lock switch with the holes in the washer top panel. Secure the lid switch to the top panel with the retaining screws.

6. Connect the wires to the lid switch by pushing the metal leads over the lid switch terminals until they lock into place.

7. Lower the top panel, and push down on each front corner to engage the retaining clips. Push the Frigidaire washer back to its working position, and plug the power cord into the wall outlet.

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

I have included a link to our PartsDirect page where you can purchase the part you need to complete your repair. Just click the blue link below to be taken to the page.

Lid Lock Switch for Frigidaire Washer Model # FWS1233FS0

If you have further questions please let me know. Thanks for using ManageMyLife.com.
by Manage My Life
August 7th, 2013
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My finding is that once the time i manually advanced the cycle does not complete.
Moving right along, I'm waiting for the next option to correct the failure to agitate.
by Manage My Life
August 6th, 2013
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Welcome back to ManageMyLife.com! Thank you for providing more information on this issue. Once you manually advance the timer, if it cycles completely without any more problems, this indicates a faulty timer. Below are instructions on replacing a timer. I have included a link to our PartsDirect page where you can purchase the part you need to complete your repair. Just click the blue link below to be taken to the page.

Timer for Frigidaire Washer Model # FWS1233FS0

1. Unplug the washing machine from the wall.

2. Remove the screws from the faceplate of the machine. Remove all the screws from the top of a front-loading washing machine, around the cover. Slide the top of the machine off to expose the inside of the faceplate. Slide a putty knife under each side of the faceplate when working with a top-loading machine to unclip the faceplate, then push back to expose the inside.

3. Pull off the knob of the timer control switch to expose the mounting screws.

4. Pull on the wire connectors on the back side of the switch to unplug the timer. Pull by the connectors, not by the wires, to prevent damage. Mark the wire with masking tape so the wires are not mixed up.

5. Remove the mounting screws on the front of the timer switch. Pull the switch out of the unit.

6. Insert the new timer switch and tighten the mounting screws. Reconnect the wires and replace the screws on the front panel.

SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact your local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.

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

If you have further questions please let me know. Thanks for using ManageMyLife.com.
by Manage My Life
August 5th, 2013
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Here are some specifcs that might help:
-Frigidaire Model# FWS1233FS0

-the washer fills with water and then stops

-there is no sound; it sits quietly

-the time has to be manually advanced to spin
by Manage My Life
August 5th, 2013
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Thank you for choosing ManageMyLife.com. I understand how frustrating it can be when the washer doesn't work properly. The most common cause of a washer not agitating is a broken belt. I have included instructions below on how to replace your belt.

SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact your local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.

1. Unplug the power cord to reduce the risk of electric shock.

2. Remove the screws along the bottom of the front panel. Lift the bottom of the front panel away from the washer to unhook the panel on the top. Set the front panel aside.

3. Move the idler pulley arm toward the front of the Frigidaire washer to allow the belt to loosen. Slide the old belt off of the large and small pulleys.

4. Position the new belt around the larger pulley. Loop it around the smaller pulley. Move the idler pulley arm back into position to create adequate belt tension.

5. Replace the front panel. Install the screws along the bottom of the panel.

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

I have included a link to our PartsDirect page where you can purchase the part you need to complete your repair. Just click the blue link below to be taken to the page.

V-Belt for Frigidaire Washer Model # FWS1233FS0

If you would like more assistance, reply to this thread and include more symptoms if possible. I will be glad to assist you further. Thanks for using ManageMyLife.com.
by Manage My Life
August 4th, 2013
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Having a properly working washer is important. The washer not agitating can be concerning. I found some information for you that I am hoping will be able to help you out. Please click here:

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by Manage My Life
August 2nd, 2013
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