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Kenmore Elite Washer

We have an 18 month old washer that will not come on after you set the timer to your preferred selection. You have to pull the knob out several times or unplug and replug. We have changed the receptacle and the tech has replaced the timer twice. Ever heard of this problem? We are very dissatisfied with Kenmore at this point because the washer we first bought (same style) had to be replaced because they could not fix several ongoing problems within the first year of ownership. Now the second one is acting crazy.

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Re: Kenmore Elite Washer

Not familiar with this machine being in uk not us but would suspect problem with door interlock. very unlikely to be timer

Posted on Apr 19, 2007

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