Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
Bought a new front-load washing machine. At no time during any cycle is water visible in the machine, but clothes are damp at the end of operation. Is this normal?
Yes, it is normal. There is water in the machine. One of the big draws for this style machine is that they use much less water than top load machines. If you stopped the cycle and opened the door, dug down in the clothes, you would find water. The machine fills a small amount of water (below the level of the door) and tumbles. As the water is absorbed by the clothing, the water level drops, so the machine adds more to maintain the water level. This is basically how the washer figures out how big your clothes load is and how much water that load needs. (Of course most sales persons at the big box stores and Sears have no idea how this works)
If you'd like, try running a cycle with no clothes to see how much water is in the machine. (It's not a lot) Now remember this: Because there is so much less water use than a top load machine, you must cut way way way back on the amount of soap and fabric softener used. Use no more than one tablespoon of HE (High Efficiency) soap (even less if it is 2x or 3x concentrate) and one teaspoon of fabric softener per load !!!!!
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Posted on Dec 14, 2008
I have a Whirlpool DUET (almost - it's actually a Whirlpool AWS 931-1000, which is almost exactly the same machine) and I got sick and tired of clothes that didn't seem clean.
1) Unplugged the machine
2) Opened it up (2 "star" type screws at top of back panel)
3) Looked for the water level sensor (right side, behind timer)
4) The water sensor looks like a flying saucer
5) Screwed in plastic set screws about 5 times (clockwise)
6) Placed top on washer, screwed it in
7) Plugged in washer
8) Placed a bathrobe in the machine (to give it a load)
9) Turned it on
The machine now has visible water at the bottom of the porthole.
I have a video blog of this experience underway, just look for MY MAN THE MAKER on google and you'll see the whole adventure in photographs so you don't make any mistakes.
After doing this modification (took about 5 minutes) my clothes are now coming out of the washer clean, fresh and NICE
Posted on Mar 05, 2013
MNTECH mentions that with HE front loader machines you need to cut way back on detergent and fabric softener. He says no more than 1 Tbsp. of HE soap and less if concetrated and one tsp. fabric softener? I was so surprised to read this. My question is, why then on the bottle of HE detergent, does it tells you to fill the measuring cup provided to line 3 for large loads 2 for med. etc. this is WAY MORE THAN! a Tbsp. or tsp. Besides them obviously wanting you to buy more of there product why do they tell you so much If it will effect the final result. We just had ours installed 2 days ago. I have been doing quite a few loads trying to catch up from our old top loader kicking the bucket a week ago. I have noticed that the clothes seem to leave a bit of a residue feeling on my hands after folding. i'm assuming it's from too much detergent and fabric softener? I feel like the clothes will not clean properly if I use so little product. Just stuck in my old ways I guess :}
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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