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Kenmore Heat Washer & Dryer Problems

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.
    If 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.
  • Timer Problems
  • 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.
    The 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.
    In 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.

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    my kenmore 80 series washer will not agitate. fills, drains, &spins great. coopler motor is good

    inspect the lid to make sure it is closing properly. If the lid switch does not click into place correctly, your washing machine will not start. If the lid is simply bent, you should be able to bend it back into the correct shape to allow the switch to work. Otherwise, remove and replace the lid switch according to the manufacturer's instructions. move from wall, use a flash light and see if motor is running or it is a broken belt. check the lid switch first ! the easy way to check it is to open lid. hold down switch with a screw driver or simillar object. and see if it starts to agitate. if it does its the switch.

    Oct 18, 2011 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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    Spin cycle or agitate doesn't always engage. I

    Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,

    There is likely to be a problem with either the lid solenoid/lock or the 'lid closed' sensor requiring a service engineer's attention I suggest. Sorry ;-0(

    If this has assisted and/or clarified the situation for you please consider a 4 thumbs up on our rating.
    Thanks and good luck!
    John C

    Jun 28, 2011 | Kenmore Elite Oasis 27052 Top Load Washer

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    does not agitate or spin - fills and drains - checked belt & pulleys seems fine

    Welcome to fixya.
    I'm Huuum and happy to assist you,

    The washer is equipped with a lid switch failure detector. If the lid switch
    should malfunction, the detector will stop operations for your safety.

    Read below

    First,turn the control dial to proper cycle and pull dial out to start the washer. If
    equipped with buttons, be sure they are fully depressed.
    Close lid and pull dial out to start the washer. For your safety, washer will
    not agitate or spin unless the lid is closed.
    The washer is equipped with a lid switch failure detector. If the lid switch
    should malfunction, the detector will stop operations for your safety. Call for
    Pauses are normal. Wait and see if the washer will start again.

    Please remember to leave a rating before you go!
    Thank you

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    it sounds as if your lid switch is out of position. in the past depending on the model i have taped a penny or two to the top of the switch so the plunger makes contact

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