Question about KitchenAid Washing Machines
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Thanks for using FixYa. Remove the dispenser and spray with white vinegar. Then spray the agitator with it too. You can pretty much wipe it right out. Vinegar dissolves softener very quickly. The dispenser just wash out with warm water after the vinegar sits on it for a minute, and you hardly have to wipe at it at all. try adding bleach to the dispenser and clean it with a small brush.
The dispenser will pull off from the agitator and you can run hot water in it from the sink. The agitator is not as easy but has a 1/2" bolt holding it to the shaft. remove the bolt and pull up. but you can clean the whole washer with a cup of bleach and that will also clean the agitator. Now run a full tub of hot water and then add a cup of bleach with no soap. After the washer has filled up, then add another gallon of hot water and that will help to rinse out the residues that cause odors. then after that dont use too much soap and you wont have residue build up. Only use the smallest amount of soap that the cup has marked in it.
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Posted on Sep 07, 2009
Testimonial: "Thanks for the help! However, I can't seem to get the dispenser off. It rotates freely, but won't pull off. Suggestions?"
is a clear evidence of a broken lid switch. Power to the drive motor is
routed through the lid switch during the drain/spin cycle. The machine,
therefore, cannot drain and spin when the lid switch is not working.
The drain pump doesn't work because it is directly coupled to the rear
spline of the motor. Manually activate the lid switch by pushing it down with an insulated tool such a screwdriver. Replace the lid switch to address the problem if the machine still doesn't spin; otherwise it is possibly loose and only needs to re-tightened.
Release the console from the top of the cabinet depending on the model of your machine then pull forward and up on the console and lay it back on the hinges.
Disconnect the lid switch harness connector by pressing on the tab located in the middle and pulling it up.
The cabinet is attached to the rear of the washer by two brass-colored retaining clips. Insert a flat blade screwdriver into the turned-up edge of the clip, located on both sides, and then pry back to release the clip from the slot in the cabinet.
Open and hold the lid while grabbing the cabinet front opening then tilt the top of the cabinet toward you by pulling the cabinet away from the base. This releases the front and back slots of the cabinet from the tabs in the front and back of the base.
Using the side of your leg and/or body as a support for the front of the cabinet, carefully lift up the cabinet and lay the front on a cushioned floor to access the lid switch.
Remove the lid switch ground and mounting screws then release the wire harness from the metal retainers. Pull the lid switch connector out and install the new lid switch in reverse order of the removal steps.
Bring the cabinet to the front of the washer then slide the front bottom rail of the cabinet under the rail at the base of the machine then lay down the cabinet into position. Make sure the slots in the cabinet sit into the tabs at the base of machine. Reconnect the lid switch harness then push the retaining clips back down into position to secure the cabinet to the rear of the machine. Reinstall and secure the console to complete the repair.
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Posted on Sep 04, 2011
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