Question about Washing Machines
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Have a 15 years old KitchenAid Surcare two speed 1/2 hp motor washing machine. part # 3361989 Machine is still working Would however I would like to know what kind of maintenance it needs and how to g
This machine needs no routine maintenance. If it's lasted 15 years, then you have treated it well, not overloading it with too many clothes and putting a strain on it. The tub rusting out may be your biggest worry. The schematic for the electric wiring, the diagram for the machine layout and the tub will be in the owner's manual.
Posted on May 14, 2009
This assumes that you have a basic top load, direct drive washer.
Following age the Whirlpool / Kenmore Service and parts manuals. (PDF's)
WHIRLPOOL PARTS SITE (Manual for commercial washers but consumer models use the same transmission)
WHIRLPOOL INST AND MAINTENANCE INCLUDING HOW TRANSMISSION WORKS
Posted on Jan 02, 2010
First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
Also see the Whirlpool / Kenmore Service Manual for these washers:
If it will neither drain NOR spin, the problem points to the Lid Switch.
Newer model Whirlpool / Kenmore washers use a Lid Switch as a safety device. Unless the switch senses that the lid on the washer is closed, the washer will neither agitate nor spin.
Older models only used the switch during the spin cycle.
Try to bypass the Lid Switch by removing the Console and jumping the two outermost pins on the switch.
This is a Whirlpool PDF on how these washers operate. It has a diagram on jumping the switch as well as a detailed section on how the transmission works.
It also has a troubleshooting guide.
To bypass the switch, you only have to disconnect the power to the washer, tilt the console back, unplug the switch and using an short piece of insulated wire, jump the two outermost contacts on the connector coming from the console and plug the washer back in.
Following is a description of how to gain access to the console and how to remove the cabinet if necessary.
With the jumper in place, try to re-start the washer.
If it works, the Lid Switch is a relatively inexpensive part.
If it WILL spin but simply won't drain, the problem points to the pump or hoses. The motor directly drives the pump when in spin mode.
I'd pull the cabinet and check the hoses for blockage, and check the pump to make sure it turns and isn't blocked inside.
Posted on Apr 19, 2010
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