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I have a GE whre5260E1ww washer that runs cycles erratic. Sometimes stops mid cycle.

I see others have had the same symptom. Here is my story / question. I have a GE whre5260E1ww washer that runs cycles erratic. Sometimes stops mid cycle. Sometimes will hang with a single LED on. Also if the washer is bumped it will appear to reset (almost all LEDs flash), can duplicate by taping (enough force to scoot a bag of sugar about 1/4") the control panel near the cycle switch. I removed the control board and examined it for problems or defects. I found a couple component leads bent too close to the next trace, and a couple solder balls trapped in the comformal coating that appeared possibly bridging to a nearby contact or trace. I also found the cycle rotary switch (SW1) while looking great on the solder side, looked very corroded on the shaft side. The switch steel mounting frame is rusted, and the contact legs have green (copper) corrosion deposits on the tinned surface. I am unable to find the part number of the ALPS switch used, nor have I found a schematic or parts list for the control board. Any help ? Am I looking in the wrong place for the original problem ? Thank you.

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    junk24 May 21, 2012

    Update:
    I unsoldered & swapped the cycle switch for the water temp switch. All three including load size are same part number switch, but the temp switch had much less corrosion on it. That seems to have cleared up the original problem, and bumping the washer or switch has no effect anymore. However the level switch is also sensitive and will stopped filling, until tapped gently. Probably could not see that from all the resets. I think GE did not make this machine as well protected from the wet corrosive (bleach, etc) environment as it should have.
    If someone finds the common part number for the rotary switches I hope they will post it here as an answer. Thanks for looking. Hope it helped.

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You don't state your exact model number, and the number off the timer is not the actual part number (it's some sort of part stamping number). Most likely what has happened is a plastic tab on the timer housing (which normally goes into a slot in the metal, and thus holds the timer at that point) has broken off. The fix is to replace the timer, but instead of buying a new timer, I usually fashion a Z type piece of metal which I can put one screw though into the metal and the other side holding the timer against the metal. Takes a little work, but it's a lot cheaper than a new timer.
If you want to take the timer knob off, you have to pull it out and use a thin tool, like a small screwdriver, to push the plastic clip off the shaft behind the knob, allowing the knob to then come off the shaft. Push the clip back on the knob when off, so that all you have to do to reinstall the knob is push it on and it will lock on the shaft again.

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Washing machine is leaking Washing machine leaks are very common. There are many places a washing machine can leak from although most leaks come from the same few places. The most common cause for a leaking washing machine is the door seal. Door seals often get holes in them and water leaks down the inside of the washing machine which then runs out under the front. Water leaking down the front of the washing machine from the door can be caused by a worn door seal (the flange part that the door glass presses against when closed) or something trapped between the door seal and the door glass which breaks the seal. If the door seal doesn't look worn, or it's too young to be worn, then try cleaning the door seal's flange and the door glass on the inside of the door. Bits of cotton, un dissolved washing machine detergent etc can cause a leak.
Soap dispenser leaks
The next most common cause of a leaking washing machine is the soap dispenser. Leaking water from a soap dispenser is often caused by a blockage, or water pressure that is simply too high. Despite seeing many leaking soap dispensers, I've never seen a soap drawer with a seal, they just rely on water not getting to the front which is not really good enough. Some Hoover soap dispensers in particular, are renowned for leaking, and over the years Hoover have had to introduce modified soap dispensers twice.
Some washing machines, can flood water out of the soap dispenser when a hose gets blocked (usually with un dissolved soap powder) Indesit, and Candy, as well as some of the later Hoover washing machines suffered from this design flaw. The hose where the water is flushed down, was right at the front of the soap dispenser on these washing machines and the hose wasn't wide enough. Un dissolved powder from a tablet or lumps of detergent through poor hot water pressure can block this hose solid. (Note: water flooding out of the front of a washing machine's soap dispenser can also be an indication of overfilling or a partial pump blockage if it does it when spinning)
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Tips for finding a leak on a washing machine

  • If you have a leaking washing machine, and you can't see where it's coming from, shove some newspaper underneath the washing machine. The slightest drop will give a clue where the water is leaking from. Pull the sheet out regularly to check for water leaks.
  • Water can run round things and drip onto other parts. Be careful with your diagnosis, as water dripping from a hose at the bottom could actually be leaking from somewhere else higher up.
  • Leaks usually leave marks, so it's possible to see something is leaking even without witnessing it. The soap suds that come out with the leaking water leave white trails. Rust is a good indicator of a water leak too. However, if you have had a previous leak cured, the "evidence" of a leak may still be present so be sure you don't blame a part that was repaired in the past.
  • If the washing machine leaks only at the end of the wash, when water is being pumped out. Make sure water isn't backing up and cascading over the top of a blocked drain pipe in the plumbing.
  • WARNING: Don't get electrocuted trying to witness a leak. It's dangerous running the washing machine with the top or back off.

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