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Appliance repair > Washers > Whirlpool Washer > How washers work
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Understanding how your washing machine works
Whirlpool® washing machines (direct drive)

Ever wonder what happens inside the washer after you pull on the timer knob? Well, here it is:

In short, after the washer is turned on, it will first fill with water, then agitate for a while, then go into the drain cycle and the spin cycle.

Here is the detailed description:
Water enters the washer tub through the inlet hoses and the water inlet valve. As the water fills the tub, it forces air up a clear plastic tube that is connected to the water level (pressure) switch. The air pressure trips the switch from "fill" cycle to "agitate". During the "agitate" cycle, a plastic agitator, located in the center of the tub, is used to move the clothes from top to bottom.

When the washer enters the "drain" cycle, the water is drained from the tub and in to the main drain line by the water pump.

"Spin" cycle kicks in, putting the inner tub into spin. This is done to remove most of the water from the clothes.

Component overview:
Timer - controls the timing of all cycles.
Main drive motor - "runs the washer"... provides the power for agitation, pumping, and spinning.
Water pump - pumps water out of the washer.
Drive coupling - connects the motor to the transmission.

 - Troubleshooting guide
 - How washers work
 - Removing washer cabinet (Taking your washer apart)
 - Replacing timer knob
 - Testing/Replacing water level switch
 - Testing/Replacing water inlet valve
 - Replacing water inlet hoses
 - Repairing agitator problems
 - Replacing drive block
 - Checking/Replacing water pump
 - Testing/Replacing motor switch
 - Checking/Replacing motor drive coupling
 - Testing/Replacing washer drive motor
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