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Washer won't drain

Sears Kenmore probably 25 years old. Great machine. The water won't drain, all it will do is wash. I've tried changing the cycle with no luck, just keeps washing. I probably need a new washer but would like to at least get the water out. Thanks for any help.

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I just tried to post a lengthy solution based on the assumption that your washer is a Whirlpool belt-drive and that one of the solenoids on the wigwag is jammed. Unfortunately the system ate my solution and won't give it back. THAT'LL learn me to click on "More Options"!

To make it brief:

1. Determine if your machine really is a Whirlpool belt-drive and has a wig-wag.

2. If so, determine if the solenoid (on the wigwag) that shifts the machine into agitate is stuck.

3. If so, see if you can unstick it and let the machine shift out of agitate by itself. If not, see if you can remove the stuck solenoid (perhaps wigwag and all) and slide the shift bar yourself.

4. If you can just get the machine into neutral, even if the motor isn't running you should be able to lower the drain hose into a bucket and empty the water that way. As I recall, there's a valve near the pump that prevents the water from draining while the machine is in agitate mode.

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    Perhaps a moderator (or the local equivalent) could move this whole discussion from the Fisher & Paykel blind alley it ended up in to somewhere more appropriate -- Kenmore? Whirlpool (belt-drive)?


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You may want to look into the possibility that the water pump is not working. It may even be just clogged with clothes fibers. As it is a Kenmore, it is made by whirlpool, and pump for that type is a fairly simple repair, it might be worth keeping. As for getting the water out because you want to get rid of it, a siphon hose is the simplest route without taking anything apart.

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