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Controls are flashing but nothing happens when you press start

My washing machine control panel flashes but when I press start nothing happens. Is there a way to canel all programs? I have unplugged it for 24 hours and nothing happens.

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Belt came off! It has happened to me severeral times, however; my father usually puts it back on. Take the screws off above the drawer if you have a pedistal one. Check and see if the tiny little belt is off. Happend to me 3 times in the last 2 years

Posted on Aug 18, 2007

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I recently ran into this problem - searching for an answer lead me to your post. I chose the easy route and called Sears. In my case, the door sensor was broken. On the body of the machine itself, in the upper right area, there should be a small 'post' the depresses when the door is closed. That 'post' is prone to breaking, I'm told, and if it is broken off, the washer quits working. Since I had Sears do the work, I do not know the part number for the sensor. I did, however, watch the tech replace it. A very simple 5 minute procedure. ? First, remove the three screws holding the module in place ? Second, there is a wire retaining ring that surrounds the rubber door seal. Look towards the bottom of the seal, and find one end of the retaining ring. Carefully insert a common head screwdriver between the seal and the machine body - again - CAREFULLY (you don't want to scratch your paint, do you?) and gently pry the seal/retaining ring assembly towards you until you can remove the ring by hand. ? Third, gently fold the right hand half of the door seal backwards into the washer, out of your way and exposing the sensor assembly. ? Remove the door sensor assembly from the machine body, and unplug the connections. ? Plug in the new door sensor, then follow the above directions in reverse order to put your machine back together. One last word of caution - the tech told me that the retaining ring has a "spring that can remove your hide" so please be very careful when removing and installing it. When the tech was reinstalling it around my door seal, it seemed to be a bit awkward with just one set of hands. One extra finger to hold the top portion in place while the rest of the ring was stretched around the seal made it go much quicker. Again, this is what fixed my washer. Hopefully it will fix yours, and if not, at least help someone else searching for answers.

Posted on Aug 17, 2007

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