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2014 GE TL Washer Question
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Post# 924635   3/3/2017 at 11:02 (448 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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A friend has a GE washer, model #GTWN4250D1WS which he got new in 2014. A couple weeks ago he had a power outage due to a storm so he fired up the generator. At some point he flipped the breaker off and back on for the circuit the washer is on and he heard a loud pop inside the washer followed by smoke. After that the washer wouldn't work. He explained the motor has a board mounted on it and it looked and smelled burned. He purchased a new motor/board as the board isn't available separately. After installing the new motor the indicator lights in the control panel light but all the machine will do is fill and drain.

He says there are four separate wire harnesses that plug into the motor. One of the harnesses has three wires. Where that plugged in the original motor had four spades so one wasn't connected. The replacement motor has five spades where the same harness plugs. He wondered if that had anything to do with it not working so he took both motors to the place he got the new one. He said they opened them up and compared and said that shouldn't be the cause of it not working now. He said the board behind the control panel doesn't look or smell burned. But I wonder if that isn't fried also and the cause of the problem? Any thoughts on the matter are appreciated.

Post# 924640 , Reply# 1   3/3/2017 at 11:32 (448 days old) by henene4 (Germany)        

My first thought was if the motor wiring dosen't match, they gave them the wrong motor.

If that is not the case, it can verry well be a failure in both boards. Especially if there was anything occuring in the power grid, and that can be a storm and the generator both, it can happen that all kinds of electronics fail.
A few weeks ago our WiFi-router died after a power outage. Once, our kitcher radio failed after a lightbulb blew in the kitchen.

Was the washer running while he switched the breaker? Could be some sort of voltage spike that occured...

Post# 924724 , Reply# 2   3/3/2017 at 20:00 (448 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

There should be an indication light on the motor control board even when not in use it should be lit. If not, follow the wiring harness that goes up towards the main control. Near the lid switch area, you will see the wire harness wrapped in electrical tape. Undo the tape and you will find a very well hidden in line fuse. It is in shrink tubing. Cut it out and replace with a piece of wire.

Either install a surge suppressor or unplug those sensitive units when operating a generator. The power is very dirty and will almost always harm electronics.

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