Common Calypso Washer Problems
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My Calypso Won't Drain
My Calypso won't drain is the most common complaint I get with Calypso washing machines. In most cases the washing machine's pump has become clogged with something like a small sock or bra under wire. In some cases the pump may run but the impeller fins are damaged internally and it will not circulate or remove water. Here is the next action list to get your washer working.
1. Check the connections to the Calypso pump motor both at the pump and at the machine control board.
2. Drain as much water as you can out of the tub and then remove the pump to check for a blockage (note: unplug the washer first! be ready for a large amount of water.)
3. Check the fins inside the pump for damage.
4. check the pump's motor windings for resistance. (pump motor resistance value chart)
5. Check the sump area under the wash plate for a blockage.
My Calypso Motor Overheats
If your Calypso washing machine likes to stop working from time to time and then magically starts to work after a short break, chances are you washer motor is overheating. Washing machine motors can fail over time, but there are a few things you will want to check before replacing the motor.
1. Check for free movement of the drive system. If the Drive pulley is difficult to turn there may be other problems.
2. Check the drive motor's windings for proper resistance values. (Calypso drive motor testing)
3. Check that the voltage at the wall receptacle is very close to 120 Volts AC. Improper electrical supply can cause serious motor problems.
My Calypso Is Tripping The GFI
Calypso washing machines use two switches located behind the front panel to ground the motor circuit when the panel is off. The switches should be normally open and closed making a connection to ground when the panel is removed.
Repair: Check that both the switches are open when pressed in and closed when released.
My Calypso Is Vibrating
The most common cause of a Calypso washing machine vibrating is poor leveling, or a load of dissimilar items such as a bunch of light clothing with one towel.
For the most part the Calypso has a very reliable suspension system. If you have checked that the washing machine's legs are level and solid and you are still having a balance problem you may want to check that the liquid filled balance ring mounted on top of the tub is not cracked or loose. The other mechanical possibility for a Calypso washer that is off balance or vibrating would be the tub block located under the leveler has become loose. (a spanner wrench must be used to properly tighten the basket block.)
My Calypso's Water Temperature Is Wrong
So your water temperatures are all wrong...
The first things to note is that Calypso washing machines use a thermistor to sense the temperature of water entering the washer so the control board can adjust the amount of hot or cold water accordingly.
The most common cause of incorrect temperatures would be one of the water valves being clogged or jammed or not opening and closing properly. You may also want to check the valve's thermistor for the proper resistance levels using the "Calypso Valve Thermistor Repair Table".
My Calypso Won't Recirculate Water
Unfortunately Calypso washing machines are well know for their pump problems. The Calypso uses one pump motor to both drain and recirculate water. If your washing machine is not recirculating you may have a problem with the pump motor. However, more often some small item like a baby sock or bra under wire has worked its way into the pump and has put the breaks on your clothes washing fun. Try using the Calypso diagnostic tests to narrow down your washer's issue. You can also remove the pump motor and check for blockages. If the pump is not being energized you will want to check its contacts to the P5 connector on the motor controller board and check for 120 volts between the 1 and 3 pins on the motor controller board's P5 terminal. (Shock Hazard!)
My Calypso's Display Flashing
More importantly what is it trying to say?
See Calypso washing machine error codes and diagnostic tests.