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I was having trouble with the start swith for a little while, now it wont start it at all. I pulled off the start switch and it is working fine. Its a Kenmore 70 series. Thanks Jim

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  • jimtyl Dec 10, 2009

    Thanks for your help. I did figure it was the door switch that was not ingaging correctly. I do appreciate your help and input



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Good day,
I'll assume you checked the push to start switch with an ohm meter, to determine if the contacts were in fact closing.
Here is the flow of power.
1. The appliance cord (if it in fact is good) supplies power to the the door switch. One of the common causes for not starting.
2. It leaves there, and enters the timer. The timer takes the power, and if in an on position will split the power into 2 lines.
Obviously the timer could be a problem.
3. One of the power lines goes to the centrifugal switch of the motor, but since the motor is not running, cannot start the motor.
4. The press to start switch solves this problem by bypassing the centrifugal switch and starting the motor directly.
Once the centrifugal switch is at speed, the motor has 2 sources of power. That's why you can release the push to start switch, and it continues to run.
A bad motor can create this problem.
5. Broken or frayed wire anywhere in this circuit.

A lot of trouble shooting to do. Simple things first. If gas, plug in another device into that outlet.
Electric, you'll need to remove the receptacle cover and check from center to one end then the other. Both sides should give you 120 volts. CAREFUL, YOUR DEALING WITH 230 VOLTS HERE.
With an ohm meter, check the door switch for continuity.

From there on it gets more difficult. Broken wires being the worse.
Sorry I can't give you a simple answer, but it's not a simple problem.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009


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