Question about Kenmore Washing Machines
The lights on the washer are blinking. I followed the manual and turned off circuit, unplugged unit for >2minutes. I turned it back on but nothing changed. None of the other buttons including start work..What else can I do. This unit is less than7 months old
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Washer won't start/lights on
ok try first to make sure the detergent drawer is closed tight if its not will stop washer is the door locked some times you have to close them firmly make sure the lock light is on hit pause cancel twice then try washer
Posted on Dec 30, 2007
I had same problem........push options and select button at same time, hold for 5 sec.......choose option.....machine stuck inbetween cycles.
at least it worked for me!
Posted on Aug 13, 2008
Okay, here's the best I can do from this distance.
The combo unit is on a 30-amp, 220-volt circuit. One cord supplies both washer and dryer.
The breaker does not trip until the washer motor starts running simultaneous with the dryer drying.
My guess is that (if the combo unit is connected correclty to the one supply cord) the dryer motor runs off the 110 volt supplied by the red/white wires & the washer motor runs off the other 110 volt leg, black/white (could be vice-versa, but that's irrelevant).
The dryer heating element runs off the 220 volt supplied by the red/black wires.
There are two most likely causes (but not the only possibilities):
- The breaker is bad -- could just be oxidation on the breaker contacts in the bteaker box -- I havae seen this conditon -- small amounts of oxidation can cause the breaker to overheat and trip -- of course, the more current the load draws the hotter the breaker gets.
- One of the motors (washer or dryer) is beginnig to fail (windings beginning to short) and drawing more than rated current which is overloading the breaker.
Checking thes two theories requires some not-so-standard equipment, and some more-than-handyman expertise. And if neither of these theories pans out, the troubleshooting gets more complicated.
So, to address your original question, "Can I fix it myself, or should I hire someone?, I would say you should hire someone. This wirite-up may give them a head start.
Let me know if you have any questions.
A third possibility (only possible if this tripping condition ahs existed from the beginnig of the w/d installation) is that the power cord is connected to the unit such that both motors are powered by the same 110 volt leg. Not being there to assess this, I can't say how likely this is, but it's a long shot for sure.
Posted on Jun 02, 2009
SOURCE: washer won't start up
You could have a bad timer, but most commonly the problem is a much simpler on. A washer that fills and doesn't do anything, or stops right after the wash cycle and then does not advance to the rinse cycle and drain is commonly caused by a lid switch malfunction. The lid switch is usually mounted under the washer top casing, on the right hand side on most top load models. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the rim of the wash tub opening. In many cases the lid strike breaks off the lid, or the lid switch becomes loose and no longer makes contact. Inspect the lid to make sure the lid strike is still intact, and then inspect the mounting screws (adjacent to the small opening on the wash tub rim) and make sure they are snug. If you determine the switch to be defective, the following link explains how to replace one:
If the switch requires replacement, a new one can be purchased on line at searspartsdirect.com, pcappliancerepair.com, repairclinic.com, appliancepartspros.com. Just use your model number as your search criteria. All these sites offer competitive pricing, so shop all them for the best price. If you still need assistance, please contact me and let me know. If my diagnosis is not correct, please post back and elaborate a bit more so I can assist you further. If your washer is not configured this way, or if you still have questions, please let me know.
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
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