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My Kenmore Calypso will not go into drain mode without the machine being tilted nearly 45 degrees backwards. The drain motor checks fine and the lid switch is engaged...any other clues?

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It appears your Pressure Switch has failed in this instance.

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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.
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Posted on Sep 15, 2010

  • crabblers Mar 30, 2011

    Found a short in the wiring harness after finding this problem listed on other sites. Found a broken wire, spliced in a new one and off we went!



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