GE Washer Repair – How to Replace the Drive Motor and Inverter Assembly (GE # WH20X10093)

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Hi, it’s Jack. Today, we’d like to show you how to change a drive motor on your washer. On this style of washer, the drive motor has an inverter built into it.

The motor is used to control the spin and agitation functions on your washer.

That’s a really easy job to change. Let me show you how we do it. Now, before we begin this repair, the first thing we’ll need to do is to disconnect power to the washer.

Then using a stiff putty knife, we’re going to remove the front panel by sliding it in between the main top and the front panel to depress the locking tab. They’re located about four inches in from either side.

We’ll slide our putty knife up on top of that clip, and that will release the front panel. Just tilt it forward a bit and then lift it off the two mounting tabs on the bottom, and we’ll set that aside. Now, with the front panel removed, our next step will be to roll belt off of the motor and drive pulleys.

You can either do that by hand, or take a flat-blade screwdriver just in from the top to make sure the blade of the screwdriver goes below that large pulley, and then we’ll just rotate the pulley around and the belt will drop off. Just pull that out and set that aside. Now, next, we’ll need to remove the wire harnesses from the motor.

There are little locking tabs, so just depress those and pull the harnesses off. The third one over from the left can stay on there as an internal harness.

Once we’ve removed those three connectors, next we’ll depress this wire tie retainer clip. Just squeeze it with a pair of needle-nose pliers, and that will allow us to pull it out of the motor frame.

We just tuck that out of the way. With the harnesses out of the way, our next step will be to remove the four mounting nuts for the motor. Using either a 3/8” wrench or a 3/8” socket, loosen those two front ones first, then they should just spin right off.

Now, the two rear ones are a little harder to do that, but we’ll lose in those next. Now, we’ll just loosen those back ones a little bit, to begin with, those with sharp metal edges back there, so you may wish to put some protective gloves on.

You can’t remove those all the way because they’ll hit up on the drive pulley. Once you’ve loosened them a bit, you just lift up a bit on the front of that motor to disengage those two locating tabs. That will allow us to slide the motor a little bit forward, and then you should be able to spin those nuts off the rest of the way.

Now, there’s a fairly tight fit between the outer tub and the motor base mount, so we’ll need to tilt the motor backwards until you can clear that open and then we can remove it. Next, we’ll position the new motor into the housing or tuck those rear studs down and behind the front of the bracket.

Then we’ll install two of the rear nuts. Start them a bit by hand. Then we can tilt the motor back completely into place and make sure the two locating tabs at the front sit down into the respective holes on that motor base.

Install two nuts and then tighten them all.

Now, once we have those tightened securely, you can then reconnect your wire harnesses.

Make sure the locking tabs engage. Reinstall that wire tie clip. Now, next, we’ll need to put the belt back on.

It does help if you have the installation kit that is available for this particular style of washer.

Basically, we assemble the two halves of this pulley extension with a rubber O-ring. Then we’re just going to fit it over the lower flange on that motor pulley. To install that, we’ll just spread that apart slightly to fit it over the pulley.

We’ll just make sure that it is all the way down at the bottom of that pulley. We’ll take our drive belt and we’re just going to slide that in underneath the motor and the drive pulley.

We want to wrap that around the motor pulley. Then we’ll take a zip tie and we’re just going to go in the side of the large pulley round the belt and the pulley, making sure that we have the grooved side of the belt against the pulley.

Then while holding the belt against the motor pulley, we’ll just rotate that large pulley clockwise when face it from the top. Make sure the belt stays up on the large pulley. Keep rotating it.

Once we have it all the way around, we’ll be able to access that zip tie and we can snip that off with a pair of cutters.

We’ve just rotated that belt in the opposite direction far enough that you can see where the wire tie has held it held it in place. See if you reach in, cut the tie and remove it. Then next, we’ll need to remove the little installation tool.

You can just roll that rubber ring off of it.

Just roll that O-ring off of the tool and the two halves will separate. Verify that the belt stay centered in the motor pulley.

Now we’re ready to put the front panel back on. Now, when reinstalling the front panel, we want to make sure that we line up the two slotted openings on that bottom lip with the two clips on the base frame. There are also four plastic pins that fit into round holes on the front panel, we need to make sure those line up as well as the metal pin on the panel itself.

Just moving it a little side to side, we make sure that the lower locating pins line up, and then just press the top corners into place. We’re now ready to plug the washer back in and our repair is complete."