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I have a Kenmore Smartwash HE 41 front loading clothes washing machine. We've lost power on a few occasions at our house. When that happens, all the red lights on the front of the machine light up and there is a constant sound. A repairman said that there is a charge on the capacitor that needs to disipate. On most occasions that happens over 24-48 hours (with the machine unplugged) and the washing machine returns to normal. This time we haven't had much luck. Is there any way to speed up the capacitor discharge?

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  • tyoung9851 Sep 07, 2009

    The machine was plugged in when the power was lost, but it was not in the midst of a cycle. It was empty. When the power returned, the red lights were all on and it was making a noise (e.g., alarm)



  • tyoung9851 Sep 07, 2009

    The machine was plugged in when the power was lost, but it was not in the middle of a cycle. It was empty. When the power to our house returned, all the lights on the front of the machine lit up and there was an alarm-like sound. As I said, this has happened before, and we were advised that things would return to normal (as they have in the past) when the capacitor discharged. Any way to speed the discharge process up.

  • tyoung9851 Sep 07, 2009

    I take it, the answer is that you do not know how to make the capacitor discharge faster.



    Buying a surge protector doesn't help solve the PRESENT issue.

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Yes,but if your not confident in dealing with electricity This is not the time or thing to start on. capacitors hold a lot of volts and can be very dangerous. I would wait it out.

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The best way to deal with this is to buy a surge protector for the washing machine. Radio shack, and walmart both sell these inexpensive devices.

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Hi,
As the machine has been interrupted in the cycle, the quickest way should be to power it up, and restart the wash from the beginning again.

If it will not allow this, then there is nothing you can really do besides opening up the machine - which I don't recommend in this case.

Most designs allow for safe discharge of components in the design of the circuit, but it is also common for manufacturers to leave out components to reduce cost. Unfortunately, there is not much the end user can do in this case.

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