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Dead washer at first washer would power up but not start; now the power button doesn't even work.  Outlet will operate a hair dryer so it's not a power issue.

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  • onfire4jeez Jan 29, 2009

    Same problem. Did a couple of loads yesterday. Then was doing some vaccuming and apparently threw the breaker. Flipped power back on but washer will not work. Don't know if this is a coincidence or if it blew something in the unit. Not sure whether to call an electrician or an appliance repair person.

  • franksstuff Feb 17, 2009

    This was finally fixed when we replaced the motor control. This washer is only two years old and should not have failed. Sears repair quoted us a parts cost of $571.56. The Sears website had the part at $480. The part can be obtained at many on line stores between $240 and $320.

  • franksstuff Feb 17, 2009

    This was finally fixed when we replaced the motor control. This washer is only two years old and should not have failed. Sears repair quoted us a parts cost of $571.56. The Sears website had the part at $480. The part can be obtained at many on line stores between $240 and $320.

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It appears your main controller board has failed in this instance.

For replacement parts - head on over to PartSelect.com or RepairClinic.com and enter in your full model number for a full parts listing.
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PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.




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