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Kenmore Elite Model 110 washing machine will not stope the agitate cycle

After the water fills up the machine does agitate, but then stays stuck in that mode.
Is it the timer mechanism?
If so what part do I need to get?

Thank You Sully

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  • thesullsta Nov 24, 2007

    The unit does agitate and I believe the culprit is the timing unit Part # 3954449 for the Kenmore Model 110 (made by Whirlpool).

    I do not think it's the lid switch. I checked it also with a FLuke DMM and the switch opens and closes fine (short & no short)

    So as mentioned the unit does fill up with water and the machine agitates, It just does not stop running after it agitates.

    So After reviewing the schematic it appears to be the Timer unit.

    But I am having a bit of an issue removing the bulky and the small Molex type connectors from the timer unit.

    They are latched in an odd way.

    Any thoughts are welcome.


  • thesullsta Nov 24, 2007

    Yes I did get the timer out ok.

    Do you agree with me that it is the timer?

    I am able to disconnect the two big Cable (wire) harness molex type connectors . But for some reason the smaller one (with just the two 12-14 AWG wires) is hard to remove..

    I appreciate your input.




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If the washer fills but does not agitate or spin, this is usually a symptom of a bad lid switch. The switch will either be located on the right hand side of the washer tub opening, or in the rear on the left hand side under the console. If you have a right hand model, examine the lid and make sure the plunger that activates the switch when it is closed is still intact. The plunger is a plastic piece that is physically mounted on the lid. Sometimes they break off. If the plunger is intact, try taking a small object (like a screwdriver or popsicle stick and push down on the lid switch contact while the lid is open and the timer knob started. You should hear a distinctive "click" when you push on the switch and the washer will agitate. Sometimes the switch can become loose and no longer make good contact. If this is the case, simply tighten the two mounting screws on the tub opening. If the switch relay is not clicking you may need to replace it. The part runs about $35.

If you have the left hand style switch that is enclosed under the console, the contacts are closed by a small metal bar on the back of the lid. Sometimes this bar becomes bent or loose. Open and close the lid and listen for a distinctive "click". If you don't hear anything, you may need to adjust the metal bar, or replace the switch. This style of switch tends to cost a bit more.

If you can provide me with your model number (located under the wash lid along the tub opening), I can research the part number for you and let you know where you can get it and give you step-by-step instructions on how to replace it. This is a simple repair job that the average consumer can perform with simple instructions and a few household tools. First, determine if this is the cause of your problem. Post back with comments and let me know if this helps you.

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    Jeff Rockwell Nov 24, 2007

    Sorry, I misunderstood your initial symptoms. The timer connectors are much easier to remove with the timer OUT of the console. With the timer switch pushed in, rotate the knob CCW and it will loosen, revealing the mounting screws under the dial. With the timer out of its mounted position, you should be able to grasp the connectors easier. They come off by squeezing the release tabs on the ends. Sometimes they are a bit tough to get off, but this should give you a little more leverage. Let me know if this helps.

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    Jeff Rockwell Nov 24, 2007

    Sounds like you've used your sense of deductive reasoning. It could very well be the timer. They can be taken apart and cleaned sometimes. On some models the outer shell comes off exposing the rotary switch contacts. Sometimes a good cleaning with an emery board can correct problems where the unit does not function properly during its range of cycles. However, if the drive motor on the timer is shot, it will not advance. Double check your wiring for continuity as well. Good luck to you.



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