Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
As we were drying a small piece of carpeting, the machine got overloaded to one side and "walked out" into the middle of the floor. I guess the door came open and slightly wedged up against the far wall. (Why didn't the machine shut off? Maybe it did, but took a while for it to come to a complete stop.)
As it stands now, the door will not snap closed. I've pressed the "Unlock door" button and tried numerous different things to see if it will snap shut again, but to no avail. It doesn't look like anything got bent, but I'm no expert.
It appears your lid switch/door latch has failed in this instance.
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PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.
If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.
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Posted on Sep 15, 2010
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