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Kenmore calypso washer

My Kenmoe elite Calypso is model 2206 and was purchased 2005. I have had problems for years. It always collects ugly slimy mold around the whole area of the top grey gasket. I clean it regularly weekly but I do not succeed in cleaning it completely since it is in the tiny grooves. When washing sheets it knots them up so tightly I wonder if they even got rinsed. My dementia husband who is incontinent causes me to wash bedding daily and also the incontinence mats. I find that with so little water it is not possible to soak anything such as the peed on mats. Very frustrated for 9 years. I would buy a better washer if I could afford it.

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SOURCE: Whirpool Cabio washer knots clothes/sheets into tight balls

whirlpool had a service bulletin on this. New agitator design. replace with new design.

Posted on Mar 14, 2009

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SOURCE: Black flakes left in washer after cycle. Mold?

This is from not enough HOT loads.

Fatty deposits gather between the basket and tub during COLD washes.

Then they are being released in large numbers when you do your whites on HOT.

It is recommended to do 1 HOT load per week.

Do an empty load with some degreaser added (like Goo-Gone) on the fullest/hottest setting you have.

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Posted on Sep 21, 2010

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SOURCE: Problem for Whirlpool Calypso GVW9959K Top Load

The C1 error is displayed when the motor tries to pull more than 26 amps to run.

This indicates a problem with the motor or motor controller.

Overloading or excessive suds can also cause this error.

If you like to make a few more checks then the image below contains the instructions for entering the diagnostic test mode.

Its a short cycle that runs all of the components so the operation of each can be checked.

I hope this helps but an intermittent C1 error can be hard to pin down.

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From the service manual....

"C1 = Average current limit Or Instantaneous current limit.

If a status signal comes back from the motor controller that a current
limit has been breached, the unit will return to standby mode and
display either CA for average current limit trip or Cl for
instantaneous current limit trip.

Average current trip occurs if there is a 2 second average of current
draw greater than 5.55 amps
at the motor windings.

Instantaneous current trip occurs if there is a spike of 26 amps
instantly at the motor windings.

This may signify problems with the drive motor, thermal protector, or
motor controller. Over-loading the unit may cause this problem."


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Posted on Sep 23, 2010

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SOURCE: Model # 110.22064101 Kenmore calypso elite washer

The motor coupling is about to completly go out on you and then it will not spin at all. This is common on these machines. the repair should be under $100.00. The motor brake may also be dragging.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010

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SOURCE: my kenmore elite calypso washer is making a

Sorry you had the bad luck to buy a calypso washer,probably the worst washer ever made! I also had the misfortune of owning this washer from hell. My washer had the same sounds as you described and in my case it was the water pump, which in this machine is separate. It wont be to long before you will have a total failure and then the fault light will come on.I am on my third pump and looking for a new one. Good luck on this one.

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