Washer Will Not Start and/or Agitate
If the washer portion of your Kenmore unit will not start, make sure
the lid is closed. The machine will not run if it is open. Verify that
the power cord is plugged in securely and that no fuse has blown and no
circuit breaker has been tripped. Ensure that the water supply faucets
are turned on. Move the cycle selector knob to the desired position and
pull out the knob. If none of these steps solve your problem, your
Kenmore's motor may be overheated. The washer is designed to
automatically stop working if this happens. Wait approximately 30
minutes for the motor to cool down. Once it does, the machine will
automatically restart--as long as the power is on.
your Kenmore washer starts, but won't agitate, the problem is likely a
malfunctioning water level control switch. These are sometimes called a
"pressure switch" or a "fill switch." Replacing this switch should
solve the problem.
Kenmore washers often have problems with the timer. Often, the machine
may miss or skip sections of a cycle. Perhaps you have to "wiggle" the
timer knob in order for the unit to run. If this is your problem,
disconnect the power and take off the metal or plastic timer cover. See
if any of the contacts are burnt or blackened. If your timer fails to
advance at all, find the two small, black wires that lead to the timer
motor. With the washer running, check these for 120 V, using a VOM
(Volt Ohm Meter). If there are 120 V going to the timer motor, and yet
it is still not running, it means you have a bad timer. Either rebuild
or replace it.
Dryer Will Not Start
If you find that your Kenmore dryer runs when you press the "Start"
button, but stops as soon as you let go of it, you probably have a
problem with the even-heat control. This control board is located in
the console of the dryer. You will need to replace this control board
if it burns out.
problem may also be with your thermistor, which is located near the
thermostat, and may need to be replaced. It could be sensing the
clothes are dry, when they are actually still wet. Thermistors are a
lot less expensive to replace than a control board, so it may be wise
to attempt replacing that first and seeing if it solves your problem.
addition, there should be a 48VDC at the motor relay. Using a VOM,
check the two pink wires at the motor relay. If you don't get the
proper voltage, replace the motor relay.
Dryer Cycling Too Long
If your dryer cycle is taking too long, the lint screen may be clogged.
Always remove all lint before beginning each cycle. Verify that the
exhaust duct attached to your Kenmore machine is at least 4 inches in
diameter and constructed of rigid or flexible metal. Check that the
duct does not have more than two 90-degree bends. If your dryer
(electric models) is connected to a 208-volt circuit, it will take 20
percent longer to dry than if it is connected to a 240-degree circuit.
Remove any obstructions from the outside exhaust hood or duct.