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Kenmore Elite Model 44836

We have a service policy with Sears and have had their repairman to house 4 times to fix extreme vibration on spin cycle with no resolution. Also, when we put woven blankets in the washer is DOES NOT spin the water out of the blankets and therefore takes a long time to get them dry. We used to have a Kenmore front load with no pedestal and was eight years old the spun these same blankets dry enough that they DIDN'T require long drying times. What is wrong with this "greatly improved" washer that it can't compete with our old one both in noise level and spin cycle? We paid $1350 for this supposedly new and improved washer.

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  • Keith Moon Feb 17, 2008

    The Sears repairman did not leave the machine level and instead raised the ront feet so it will tilt more to the rear is this the correct way to sove the problem since it didn't solve the problem? Thanks

  • Keith Moon Feb 18, 2008

    Woven blankets do not spin dry and come out of the washer very wet and the washer on the spin cycle vibrates sooo much that it seems like it is going to come through the wall. Thanks

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Helo sir

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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    isaac johny Feb 18, 2008


    • In the Whirlpool/Kenmore washers, a common problem is that the lid
      plunger stops making contact with the lid switch. Use a pen to manually
      press the lid switch actuator (with the lid up, duh). If the washer
      spins...well, you know the rest.

    • Older (belt-drive) Whirlpool/Kenmores: the spin solenoid
      is burned out or has cut wires. Ohm out that solenoid (20-30 ohms) and
      test with a test cord. Make sure the wires are intact by giving them a
      little tug. If this is OK, you may need to adjust/replace the basket drive.

    • Newer (direct-drive) Whirlpool/Kenmores: worn out direct drive coupler.

    • The drive belt has had it. Look for excessive glazing on the sides of the belt or cracks in the power side of the belt. On Maytags, replace the belt set if they look glazed or shiny on the sides
      even though the belts may look OK otherwise. Belts on other brands will
      be more obviously bad. Here's how to replace the belt on older Whirlpool/Kenmore belt-drive washers, and on old-style GE/Hotpoint washers.

    • Timer
      is fried. On older timers, it's sometimes possible to run an external
      jumper to replace the bad internal contacts. Usually, however, the
      entire timer must be replaced. The only way to confirm is to use your
      meter and wiring diagram.

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Clean the coin trap assembly from the tub to the drain pump. or replace the drain pump assembly.

Posted on Feb 17, 2008

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Check that the feet are level to the floor as this may cause the vibration. Also set the machine to wool mode this then knows what material you are putting in the machine then should cycle to that material.

Thanks J

Posted on Feb 17, 2008

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    Jason Collin Feb 17, 2008

    Most likely adjust the machine so it is level then try.

    Thanks J

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