Common problems with older GE washers include leaking oil or water, the washer not spinning, the timing knob not turning on the timer, and excessive noise. Many of these problems can be repaired without the help of a professional by simply replacing broken components or parts.
If an older GE washer is leaking oil or water, the problem lies with the transmission or the drain pipe assembly. If the washer doesn't spin, the owner should first check that the lid switch has clicked into place and, if that isn't the problem, look for a mechanical or electrical failure. A timing knob failing to work is generally the sign of a worn knob, which can be easily replaced, and excessive noise can usually be resolved by repairing the clutch assembly.