Question about Kenmore 23822 Top Load Washer
Mine had the exact same problem! After looking around here, I determined it was the lid switch. When you open/close the lid, it should activate a little switch to let the machine know the lid is closed. It should make a distinctive CLICK sound, even when the machine is unplugged. If it doesn't that means the machine thinks the lid is still open and won't go any further as a safety precaution. On mine, I followed directions on this site to bypass the lid switch until I got a replacement part. It is now working fine.
However, after I disconnected it, I realized that I could have fixed the switch itself without having to get a new one. The glue holding the whole switch together was simply not working any more. If I held the switch together, it clicked again. I could have fixed the whole thing with a strong rubber band and saved my self the $35 part and hassle of having to go back and replace it. Oh well, too late now since I already disconnected it from the wires.
Look for Replacing a Lid Switch for great directions on this fix. If the lid switch isn't the problem, by the way, the other solutions seem to be with the pump being clogged. But the way you described the problem sounds like exactly happened to mine. Good luck!
Posted on Aug 03, 2009
Mine had a bad ground, I would hit the top and it worked fine until I fixed ground. Mine was on rear of machine.
Posted on Jul 21, 2009
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It is possible that the machine does not start off the cycle because there are errors due to feedback from the inputs. For the program to start up the main program controller must initiate the INLET/MOTOR/DRAIN pump/ valve to open up and allow each function to be driven starting from the flow of water into the drum as also the drain valve to open to exit the water at the point of the program cycle. If this does not happen then the voltage at the valve/motor/pump must be checked or the fault relates to no voltage from the controller. This means the controller is a suspect.
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