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very Strange problem GE model gtw485asj0ws
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Post# 1018084   12/15/2018 at 06:46 by zebtax (ZEBULON)        

This washer is only just over 2 years old. I hate these computer controlled machines. So all of a sudden in the middle of the night, I hear the machine running. The lid was left open.. no clothes inside. nobody touched it. It just started on its own. It sounds like it is in spin cycle. it is not turning however. There are no lights running on any of the controls to stop pause etc.

I unplugged for 15 minutes, plugged back in, and it just started running again but controls working at all. I can not stop it.

I tried the reset...unplug.. plug in.. lift lid 6 times. Of course it was on when doing this. Still.. nothing.

Please help with any ideas

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Post# 1018092 , Reply# 1   12/15/2018 at 08:46 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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many factors as to why and how this happened....the result is you may never know...

I would call GE service center and ask if they know of the reset sequence to get this going....there may be a Q&A on their website...anything is worth a shot...

or check youtube vids, as someone else may have had these issues, and offered a solution...

even pull the tech sheet, just to see if there may be a correction or self diagnostic chart to open up...

many of these new machines are a gamble....a good surge suppressor and keeping unplugged, dryer too, when not in use....its what I do with any digital/electronic machine...

I had one machine that had to be left unplugged for a few a static charge built up inside....ran fine after that....

voltage spikes and the such can cause any electronic to go haywire....

Post# 1018138 , Reply# 2   12/15/2018 at 17:38 by Supersurgilator (Indiana)        

The only thing I can think of is that this machine will go into an automatic drain if the lid is left open for 10 or 15 minutes and it senses water in the tub. It will automatically do a pump out. Other than that I'm not sure what is going on. How long did it run for? I'd let it run for like 10 minutes and see if it finally shuts itself off or not. Have you tried starting a cycle, or turning the knob to see if it activates the control and the lights come on?

Post# 1018139 , Reply# 3   12/15/2018 at 17:48 by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Super may be on to something. Maybe you have a leaking fill valve and the washer is going into pump mode as it detects the water. (Now that is a genuine WAG)

Post# 1018165 , Reply# 4   12/16/2018 at 01:38 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Failed (shorted) triac in the control board.

Post# 1018267 , Reply# 5   12/17/2018 at 11:25 by deltablu (Eastern South Dakota)        
There is a GE service bulletin

regarding this problem that has to do with plastic flash in the tub pressure chamber port. One of the symptoms is drain pump starting up on its own.


Post# 1018273 , Reply# 6   12/17/2018 at 12:01 by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
Did you ever see the movie Christine.

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I will venture to say there is the spirit of a Filter-flo trapped in your machine.

Sorry, couldn't resist. Don't have a clue otherwise.

Post# 1018304 , Reply# 7   12/17/2018 at 14:55 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Oh Harley...

Extra Credit.

Post# 1018693 , Reply# 8   12/21/2018 at 07:32 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Thank you! That is gold- never knew this was possible but you learn something new everyday. Extra credit is indeed deserved.

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