Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
I hooked up my washer, turned it on and water began spraying out of the seams in the back of the machine. I took the top off this morning and noticed a plastic part that the hot/cold hoses hook into is cracked. On top of this cracked piece is two cylinders (look like fuses) which attach to an electrical panel w/in the machine. Is this going to be a hard job for me to fix myself? I don't think so. I just need help in how to get the other small hoses unattached from this cracked piece. I tried to pull them off, but of course they are very tight. I was thinking of trying to spray them w/WD 40 to loosen them. Then I'm thinking, if these are so tight trying to remove them, how will I get them back on the new piece??? Should I just hire a repair man? I am strapped for money right now and am pretty mechanical. I just need to know if anyone else has had this issue and if you can help me. Marie
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
if its less than 15 years old its a direct drive whirlpool, no belt, remove the cabinet, not the back panel. look up direct drive whirlpool washer cabinet removal on internet, and replace the coupler, most likely, if it drains.
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
where your water lines connect there is a sc reen inside and if it is clogged with rust lime and or mineral deposit. it needs cleaned out. you can pull it out with a ice pick or something pointy. Check your screen first and if that doesn't fix ya then yes replace the unit.
Posted on Apr 18, 2009
Outstanding diagnosis. You are correct to assume a water inlet problem and, "yes", this can be a common problem. If you live in area that has hard water, or if you use well water, sediment, rust and calcified deposits can clog the small diaphragms inside the valve causing them not to close properly and leak by. You can attempt to clean the valve by removing it and submerging it in a 50/50 solution of distilled vinegar and hot water for about 30 minutes, Sometimes this can dissolve any clogs and restore the valve to full operate. However, if this does not work, you will need to replace the valve.
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If you have any questions about this repair, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.
Posted on May 30, 2010
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LF means Long Fill, this error flashes when the water level does not change for a period of time after the valves are turned on OR water has disengaged the basket but control does not detect a water level change. Check whether water supply is connected and turned on. Make sure the hose is not blocked and hose screen is clear. If so make sure pressure hose connection to machine/motor control is fine. Also check the continuity of water inlet valve, use a multimeter to check the continuity. Hope this helps... Please post back if you need more information.
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