My wife broke off the plastic pin that is depressed when you close the washer door. This is the second time in 6 months. It cost $180 to repair in January. The part is the door latch assembly #8182634. I want to repair it my self. How do you take the machine apart? Do I take the screws out from the back and disassemble from there? Please let me know. Thanks Don
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Don, no... it's all done from the front.
Open the door, look at the 6 o'clock position of the rubber seal now feel underneath it. You'll find a spring there. Use needle nose pliers and grasp the spring there, pull and remove the spring. Now peel the boot seal back from the 3 o'clock position, don't take the boot all the way off... just enough to give you access to the lock. Now remove the 3 screws holding the lock in place. Gently pull the lock assy out through the opening. Remove the wiring, discard the broken switch assy, wire up the new one and install it.
Make sure to get the boot seal back in place properly and that the spring goes back on just the way it was before you removed it.
There ya go! ~30 minute job for your first one... probably less.
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At the right end of your panel you will find the 'end of cycle' symbol, to unlock keep this depressed for 3 seconds, this is the child lock feature. You do it again, and the machine locks. Click if helped......
If the model number is correct, to run a "Clean" cycle on this model washer you need to follow these steps:
1. Make sure wash tub is empty and close the door.
2. Open the dispenser drawer and remove the plastic divider in the MAIN DETERGENT compartment.
3. Select the following options:
a. Select the POWER button. b. Select RINSE/SPIN. c. Select LOW SPEED SPIN. d. Select WARM/COLD water temperature. e. Select END OF CYCLE SIGNAL to SOFTER. f. Press EXTRA RINSE button 4 times within 5 seconds and the will begin.
4. The washer will run a short sensing cycle for about 3 minutes.
5. The washer will beep 4 times and a code will appear on the front panel display.
a. If "Ab" (Add Bleach) appears - skip to step 6. b. If "Rl" (Remove Load) appears - the door will unlock and you need to double check the wash tub for any items. Close the door when complete and press the START button.
6. Add bleach. If this is the first time running the clean cycle add ONE CUP of bleach to the detergent compartment of the dispenser drawer. If this is a monthly routine, add only 1/3 CUP of bleach.
These instructions are listed on page 18 of your owner's manual. If you no longer have a manual, yo can obtain a FREE copy at managemylife.com. Just type in your model number under their "Manuals" link and you will find it listed in .pdf (Adobe) format that you can download or print for free.
If you have questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.
On the lid there will/should be a plastic pin that depresses the lid open interlock. If is broken off you get what you describe. Solution: With the lid open start a cycle and depress the micro switch using something like a pecil or plastic rod. You should find that the washer will start. Remove the pencil/rod and it will stop. If the factory rod is there it or the switch is not adjusted enough to trip the lid interlock. Replace or adjust.
Hope that helps
I had this problem in January after I slammed the door too hard and broke off the little plastic pin that sticks out (the one that tells the machine the door is closed). Like an idiot, I called Sears to repair it. The guy came out with a $20 part and took, literally, 30 seconds to replace it. After looking at his bill for $199, I explained to him that this equaled out to $21,480 per hour, but he didn't care. Call a Sears parts store with your serial number and do it yourself. Hope that helps.