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Kenmore 80 topload washer agitation cycle noisy and high current

In agitation cycle the lights in the house dim in cycle with the agitator movement. Agitation adjustable setting does not speed up agitator frequency. Noisy only in agitation mode. spin cycle works fine. I removed transmission and it looks ok - lots of oil and no broken parts inside. Can the clutch cause this problem?

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  • darynnewton May 30, 2009

    Thanks for the tip. I reassembled the transmission, replaced the motor coupler and agitator dogs as these items were inexpensive. I turned the motor by hand while still attached to the drain pump and it seemed to turn freely. after assembling the washing machine it still made the same noisy clicking in agitation(washing) mode and the laundry room lights dimmed faintly with the clicking (high current draw). Also still no speed control for the agitation. Turned it off and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then restarted and everything works fine - no clicking or dimming and perfect speed control. Somehow I think the problem will come back. I still suspect the motor but time will tell.

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    Miles Merrell Mar 01, 2014

    My Kenmore / Whirlpool series 90 had/has the same issue. I replaced every component deep within (motor, transmission, drive, capacitor, etc.). It still occurred. I then knew it was a relay or switch. When I bang on the control panel, the entire system work just fine. Now to determine which part of the control panel is to blame!

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Sounds like a motor problem drawing to many amps dimming lights. Check drain pump to see if pump has obstruction in it causing resistance. Run machine while pump is off to see if light dim.

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