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Humming from Water Solenoid area

I have a Kenmore 70 series washing machine. The info on the unit:

Mod: 110.22712100
Ser: CL 4078808
Type: 111 10 amp/120 volt/60 Hz

Now the story... I was walking by the washing machine and noticed a burning smell. It didn't smell like rubber or electrical, so I didn't immediately think it was the washer until I noticed it wasn't running anymore. I looked in the washer, it was full of water still.

I tried turning the knob and setting a few different cycles, but when I pulled the knob, nothing would happen. I heard a humming noise coming from what sounded like the knob area.

After doing some research, I found out how to take the cover off the unit. I did some testing on the motor, all the ohm'ing came back ok. The capacitor tested OL. I plugged the washer in and tried the knob again and noticed the humming is actually coming from the water solenoid area.

Would the water solenoid keep all the rest of the cycles from working, or would the washer still drain and just not fill up if that was case? I'm starting to think that a few systems have failed all of a sudden. I'm hoping to avoid buying random parts and pray they work, haha. Any help would be very much appreciated.


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  • anakedgnome Jan 23, 2009

    Just played around with it some more. I removed the clips off the solenoid pegs, the humming doesn't show up when the cold one is off. So I guess my only question is why nothing else works. haha

  • anakedgnome Jan 24, 2009

    Thanks, I'll try cleaning it out a bit :D

  • anakedgnome Jan 28, 2009

    I got a Water Valve from an appliance repair shop. It fixed the problem :D If anyone else has this problem with humming from the water supply area, the part number is 285805 - Water Valve



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It may have some dirt or sediment clogging it making it work harder than usual.

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