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Whirlpool direct drive washer - start wash cycle and no water

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Whirlpool direct drive washer - start wash cycle and no water fills in. Starts agitating with no water. This is intermittent over last week where sometimes it will fill and wash and other times doesn't.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks Chas. You don't think the temperature switch could be the culprit?

Will it fill on cold wash or do you have to fill it on warm or hot to fill for wash?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It will fill during wash on H, W or Cold.

But you say that it is agitating without water being in it, correct?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Correct. It was agitating without water in it so I replaced the inlet valve since it tested bad. Thought issue was fixed but now wont fill during rinse. I can get H,W and C during wash cycle.

Inlet valve would not cause this, as it is a valve only, the pressure switch tells the unit to agitate so it has to be the culprit, there is nothing else, this is a very simple machine compared to what is made now. Not saying you did not have a bad water valve, but for it to agitate with no water the pressure switch has got to be sticking in the full position sometimes...
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Chas- I installed new inlet valve and pressure hose/switch. No cold water. Checked hose runs fine
You said you had cold water?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Just tried it again. Will fill with cold water for wash but won't fill after it drains wash water. It starts agitating at rinse with no water. I then moved the load size from med to large and it started filling with cold water. Never have come across this
This is weird, on large load does it fill to proper fill?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Yup. I'm testing it on a different wash cycle they normally don't use to see if it will fill for rinse.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Chas- no cold fill at rinse regardless of cycle chosen. Goes into agitation.
It cannot do that unless the pressure switch sends the signal to close the motor switch, Let me see if I have the wiring diagram for this model..

There are how many wires and colors on the pressure switch?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
3-brown, pink n purple. Now when I start a cycle it doesn't fill period, just starts agitating
Pink to neutral during the fill cycle should show 120 on your meter? does it?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I cut about 10" inches off of new pressure hose. Now it filled for wash with whatever I selected-hot warm and cold. Going thru cycle now waiting for rinse. I can't measure pink and neutral, don't have my smaller pins with me to get into connector.
okay let's see what happens
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Chas, Well the washer went thru one cycle where the rinse water did fill and completed the cycle. The other times it will stop at rinse and start agitating without water UNLESS we change the load size from med to large or large to super when it gets to rinse and starts agitating. It then will fill with cold water and complete the cycle. I'm thinking maybe I got a bad pressure switch although its a genuine WP product. What's your thoughts?

I think also it is a bad pressure switch, no other reason, where you able to check the voltages on the pink wire?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No. I misplaced my smaller probes and the ones on my volt meter are too big. I ordered a new pressure switch so I'll let you know the outcome once its installed. Appreciate all your help!

sounds good......
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