Frigidaire Washer Problems
The most common problems with these machines are:
The drive belts in these machines are subject to wear as described in “Problems Common to All Brands.”
A worn belt can cause a variety of complaints; no spin, no drain, noise, burning smell, etc.
A broken lid switch will cause the machine not to spin, and leave the tub full of water.
Water leaks may be coming from the usual places; pumps, hoses etc.
If the machine is leaking water and you cannot turn the basket easily by hand, you may have a major problem.
What happens is that the chrome surface of the spin tube wears out or gets rusted, and wears out both the water seal and the upper spin bearing.
You can replace the water seal and it will probably be good for maybe another six months. The solution, of course, is to replace the transmission, but it’s not cheap. See below.
These machines experience the usual pump problems and leaks . These machines seem to be particularly susceptible to overloading; if you overload the machine, small items such as baby socks spill over the top of the basket, and get sucked into the pump.
The old-style Westinghouse and Franklin pumps can be rebuilt. The new clip-on pumps and pump/motor units cannot.
The motor-driven pump in late-model machines is of a little lower capacity than the old pumps driven by the main drive motor. If the end of the drain hose is too high, the pump may not completely drain the tub before the drain cycle ends. If you have water left in the tub at the end of the cycle, investigate this possibility.
Some of these machines have a transmission pulley that is held on with a set screw, which has been known to back out. This can cause a number of different symptoms, such as noisy operation, burning belts, or if the pulley falls off, no agitate or spin. See below.