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Kenmore Series 70 Washing Machine - won't drain water

Washer seems to agitate fine, but will not spin and drain water. PLEASE HELP!!!
Thanks, in advance!!

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  • 2maltese Feb 16, 2008

    Thank you for your very quick response to my problem. No, when washer is on spin/drain cycle it does not make any noise at all. The last load that I ran before having this problem was a very heavy load (I hope that this is helpful in diagnosing and fixing problem).

    Thanks, again for your help.

  • 2maltese Feb 16, 2008

    Thanks, again! I tried to back out the two screws earlier today and could only get one off. The other one was totally stripped. I'm in a short term rental and this washing machine was already more than a bit worn. I'm about to move at any time now (but of course) and am trying to pack and do laundry at the same time. The timing of this problem is really a pain.

    I can't thank you enough for your instant responses and help.

  • 2maltese Feb 16, 2008

    Hi tech17,

    I was finally able to get the two screws out and lift up the console and view the control panel. There is one large bundle of about 10 wires. Out of these there are two black and one green wire inserted to one plastic case, then a tan, gray and green wire inserted into another plastic case. I'm totally confused as to what to do next as I can't find anything that might be the harness, or anyting that will unplug. I also do not know what a jumper wire is and which is the connector it should be connected to. I apologize, but this is my first time dealing with an appliance fix. You have been very helpful and patient. I'm so sorry that I am not able to understand your instructions.

  • 2maltese Feb 16, 2008

    Can't find anything that looks like a gray switch. The only grey thing is what I think is the timer unit, but here's what I found. There is a bundle of two back and one green wire that comes from back of machine (attached to electrical cord). These wires are attached to plastic connector with black, green and white wires that go back down into machine with large bundle of wires. Out of this large bundle of wires is a green wire that goes to back of machine and is attached to screw.

    Again, there is tan, green and gray wire attached to plastic connector that is attached to metal part of machine. Hope this helps.

  • 2maltese Feb 16, 2008

    Thanks, I'll give this a try. Although it might take me a little while. I'm pretty sure I have some wire somewhere. I'll go digging in my basement for some. This could take a little while, but I'll let you know how it goes as soon as I get done trying your advice. Wish me luck!

  • 2maltese Feb 16, 2008

    WOW!!! It worked! My machine wnet through the spin/drain cycle with no problem. Should I keep the jumper wire on? Also, do you know if I did something that caused this, like the extra heavy load? If so, I'd like to avoid repeating the same mistake. Thanks, tech17!! You're my hero!

  • 2maltese Feb 16, 2008

    Thank you so much, again!! You truly saved the day. I could not have done this without your great directions and patience. You also answered my questions, so quickly, which really was a big help to me, right now. Tech17, you're the best!!

  • donaldeen Apr 26, 2008

    Hello, I have a Kenmore that won't spin or drain. I too put in an extra heavy load whoops :-( Please tell me what I should do. It also leaked a little bit of water onto the floor which it has not done before. Thanks in advance for your attention and reply. peace dia

  • JenBear Jun 08, 2008

    Kenmore Series 70 washer won't drain water - Agitates ok - then clicks but does not staqrt draining and dial does not move.

  • Anonymous Jun 16, 2008

    kenmore series 70 top load. fills, agitates fine, will not go into spin cycle and drain. can hear timer working. Took top panel off looking for a fuse - could not find one. all wires are secure. What next?

  • Anonymous Jun 23, 2008

    makes terrible noise and wont do anything at all. It is full and went all the way to rinse cycle but now won't even drain!

  • pumpum Jul 18, 2008

    The water won't drain or spin. The washer works up until that mode, rinse. The plastic pin is in place just fine, so I'm sure it's something more major. I have a lot of water sitting in my washer. Is there a way I can fix this problem?

  • Cheep72 Aug 25, 2008

    I have the same washer and same problem. I will try Tech17's solution tonight to see if it helps.

  • kutter_stc Sep 07, 2008

    ok my kenmore 70 series washer filled with water but now won't move on to the spin or drain cycle even if i move the timer forward manually.need help asap

  • xropesx Jan 04, 2009

    My Kenmore machine will agitate to the rinse cycle and then stop without draining or going into the spin cycle.

  • mikeunderwoo Jan 07, 2009

    My washer is filled with water and will not drain. I tried to turn the knob and it make no noises at all. It is completely dead. Please help.

  • ajgoglia Jan 12, 2009

    My Kenmore series 70 washing machine drains the water out, but the tub wont spin with out a little help.  I had to keep my loads small so that it does.  But the last time I tried, it seemed like it was getting worse.  Is this something I can repair myself, need a tech to repair, or is it not worth fixing and buying a new one is better?  Please help.  The laundry is getting backed up.  Thanks so much in advance.

  • lessnoddy Apr 12, 2009

    The machine will not go into rinse or spin cycles. It will not drain.

  • robert samples May 11, 2010

    first thing to check is the lid switch when the washer is on spin drain does it make any noise

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    won't drain

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Look at the bottom of the control panel on the end caps and back out the two screws then pull the control panel slightly forward and tilt it back then you should see gray wires either going in the body of the washer or to a switch on the left side un plug the harness and put a jumper wire across the connector going to the control panel then try spin

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  • robert samples Feb 16, 2008

    ok forget about all the wires on the control panel there will be a gray switch on the Leif side on the top of the washer or there will be a couple of gray wires may be with a green one coming out of the body of the washer look and let me know what you see we will go step by step ok

  • robert samples Feb 16, 2008

    ok lets try it this way on the lid of your washer up near the front do you see a plastic peice sticking down that goes in a hole when you shut the lid if not then look for a metel peice that moves up and down near the back of the lid on the left hand side your doing great dont worry

  • robert samples Feb 16, 2008

    the tan green grey wire is the lid switch wire now unplug the washer unplug the connector forget about the end that goes down into the washer we are just going to deal with the end that goes to the control panel get you a piece of wire and cut about 1/4 inch of the plastic insulation off of it on each end the wire only needs to be about 2 inches long total then take the connector end that goes to the control panel and stick one end of the wire on the tan side and the other end on the gray side that's a jumper wire because your making one wire jump to the other make sure its touching even if you have to tape it in there then set the washer to drain spin plug the washer in and pull the knob out let me know what happens

  • robert samples Feb 16, 2008

    no you didn't do nothing wrong and if you remove the jumper wire it wont work in drain spin some times they just go bad now you may want to tell the owner of the washer he has a bad lid switch when you move and take out the jumper and reconnect the wires but it wont hut any thing to run it like that long as the jumper don't fall out you got it taped in and im so proud of you and now you know what a jumper wire is huh the load has nothing to do with it the lid switch is a safty to stop the machine in spin so kids dont get their arms broke by opening the lid and reach into the washer during spin

  • robert samples Feb 16, 2008

    well im quite proud of you myself you go girl

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My kenmore 70 series washer will not drain or spin

Posted on Jul 17, 2010

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jsrock516
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SOURCE: Broken Machine-Kenmore 70 series Washing Machine

This is commonly caused by a lid switch malfunction. If your model number is correct, the lid switch for your washer is located under the right hand side of the washer casing along the wash tub rim. The switch is activated by a small plastic piece on the washer lid (called a "lid strike") through a small hole. The switch contacts close when you shut the lid. In many cases, the lid switch either comes loose, or the lid strike breaks off. In both cases, the washer will exhibit the symptoms you describe. Open and close the washer lid and listen for a distinctive "clicking" sound as the switch contacts close. If you cannot hear the switch, make sure the lid strike is intact and the mounting screws for the lid switch (located around the wash tub opening on the casing) are tight. Sometimes, all it takes is to tighten the lid switch screws to realign it with the lid strike. If the switch is defective, or the strike is missing, parts can be ordered on line at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your COMPLETE model number, which can be found on a nameplate under the washer lid. The lid switch and lid strike will be listed under the "Top and Cabinet" heading. Other sites that offer competitive pricing are repairclinic.com and appliancepartspros.com. If you require instructions on how to replace the switch, you may use the following link:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385198-replacing_lid_switch

If you have questions, or if the diagnosis is incorrect, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

catriver
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SOURCE: Series 70 Kenmore Washer Won't Agitate or Spin

baseball, sounds like a broken coupler, check out this post and post back, Catriver http://www.fixya.com/support/t144580-kenmore_8series_washer

Posted on Apr 27, 2007

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SOURCE: Kenmore Series 70 Washing Machine - won't drain water

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR WASHING MACHINE?

small_11_21.jpg For a detailed Washing Machine illustration, click below.

redarrow.gif Top Load Maytag Style
redarrow.gif Top Load Whirlpool Style
redarrow.gif Top Load GE Style
redarrow.gif Front Load Maytag Style
redarrow.gif Front Load Frigidaire/GE/Kenmore Style
Warning! To avoid personal injury or even death, always disconnect your appliance from its power source--that is, unplug it or break the connection at the circuit breaker or fuse box--before you do any troubleshooting or repair work on your appliance. Also, because some components may have sharp edges, use caution while working on your appliance.

Some problems that can occur with your top-loading washing machine are:

There's an error code on the digital display

It doesn't work at all
It won't drain
It doesn't spin
It doesn't agitate
It's noisy
It leaks
It's off balance
There's no hot water
There's no cold water
It's slow to fill
There's no water at all
The clothes are wet after spinning
The cycle doesn't advance
There's no delicate or regular spin or agitate
It's overfilling
It's underfilling
The water temperature is incorrect


Hope this may help;

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Posted on Aug 10, 2008

onthejob5130
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SOURCE: Kenmore 80 series top load washing machine won't agitate or spin

defective motor coupling,,replace..onthejob

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

cj2176
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SOURCE: my kenmore washer 70 series model 20712 990 will

This model has a safety switch in the door switch. This switch goes bad and the machine will not spin or agitate. Have that replaced and you will be back in business. Hope this helped you out. Good luck.

Posted on Jun 05, 2009

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SOURCE: My washing machine (Kenmore 70 Series) does not spin

This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

Enter your model number (###.#######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.


The Kenmore / Whirlpool top load uses a reversing motor to initiate the pump for draining and the transmission to spin.

If you cannot hear the motor trying to turn the pump, (but the washer will agitate) the problem points to the Timer, or the Lid Switch.

Try to bypass the Lid Switch by removing the Console and jumping the two outermost pins on the switch.

Following is a description of how to release the console for access to the pins.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=137

This is a Whirlpool PDF on how these washers operate. It has a diagram on jumping the switch as well as a detailed section on how the transmission works.

https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/f7e2147fa98b28cf85257122007475cb/$FILE/L-55.pdf

It also has a troubleshooting guide.

To bypass the switch, you only have to disconnect the power to the washer, tilt the console back, unplug the switch and using an short piece of insulated wire, jump the two outermost contacts on the connector coming from the console and plug the washer back in.

Following is a description of how to gain access to the console and how to remove the cabinet if necessary.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=131&osCsid=913ba652cd504fb162f87d892bcb427b

With the jumper in place, try to re-start the washer.

If it works, the Lid Switch is a relatively inexpensive part.

If the problem isn't in the switch, and the Timer continues to move, the problem is likely in the transmission.

We had the same problem:

If you lift the lid, put it down again and the washer begins to spin, the problem is likely in the transmission "Neutral Drain Assembly".

Those cams/gears etc. in that assembly keep the washer from spinning until all of the water is pumped out and then go into spin mode.

Apparently, by opening and closing the lid, torque from the motor starting throws the cams into the right gears so that the washer will spin.

Ours had the same problem, no spin unless the lid was raised and lowered or we shut off and re-started the cycle.

After looking at the transmission parts list (available on a number of sites) and on the Whirlpool site (Whirlpool makes Kenmore) we noticed that the one of the cams in the neutral assembly which is supposed to have a small spring, didn't on ours when we tore the transmission apart again

http://shared.whirlpoolcorp.com/assets/pdfs/literature/Repair%20Part%20List%20-%20W10114743.pdf

Found the part number for a kit (Whirlpool part number 388253 Neutral Assembly) for $15.00 and replaced the cams and gears.

In order to get the transmission out, you have to remove the cabinet, the fabric dispenser and both agitators. The top agitator uses a plastic 1/2" drive bolt (a 1/2" socket extension works well).

You don't have to remove the drum.


http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=137

Lay the machine down (after disconnecting power and hoses, remove the pump (two clips), the motor (two screws hold two clips on the motor), lift and set the motor aside.

Remove two 1/2 inch bolts for the motor mounting plate and three 1/2 inch bolts for the transmission.

Pull the transmission, remove the clutch (there is a spring clip that holds the clutch on the main

agitator shaft), remove the 8 screws carefully the transmission holds 14 - 15Oz of oil, remove the clip holding the main spin gear on and check the plastic cams.

If the cam that should have a spring doesn't, or the others look damaged, or the main spin gear is damaged the washer won't go into spin mode.

If that's the problem, install a Neutral drain kit, put everything back together carefully and the problem may be solved.

As an aside, fixing ours cost less than $30 including 80-90 weight gear oil vs. $170 for a new transmission.

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Kenmore Series 70 Washing Machine - won't drain water


WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR WASHING MACHINE?

small_11_21.jpg For a detailed Washing Machine illustration, click below.

redarrow.gif Top Load Maytag Style
redarrow.gif Top Load Whirlpool Style
redarrow.gif Top Load GE Style
redarrow.gif Front Load Maytag Style
redarrow.gif Front Load Frigidaire/GE/Kenmore Style
Warning! To avoid personal injury or even death, always disconnect your appliance from its power source--that is, unplug it or break the connection at the circuit breaker or fuse box--before you do any troubleshooting or repair work on your appliance. Also, because some components may have sharp edges, use caution while working on your appliance.

Some problems that can occur with your top-loading washing machine are:

There's an error code on the digital display

It doesn't work at all
It won't drain
It doesn't spin
It doesn't agitate
It's noisy
It leaks
It's off balance
There's no hot water
There's no cold water
It's slow to fill
There's no water at all
The clothes are wet after spinning
The cycle doesn't advance
There's no delicate or regular spin or agitate
It's overfilling
It's underfilling
The water temperature is incorrect


Hope this may help;

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Hello. Since your machine is 18 years old and the agitation/spin is costly to repair I would definitely recommend a replacement washer.

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I recently had this problem. It was found that the main drive belt broke and the washer would fill but not spin, agitate or drain. I replaced the belt and everything worked again. A defective or disconnected cover switch would also cause the same problem.

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