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I have a Kenmore 80 Series Top Load Washing Machine (model # 110.20854990) that will not drain or spin. It will fill and run thru the agitation cycle, but then just shuts off - I have tried all different combos to see if I can 'trick' the machine into draining, but no luck. I have hand-emptied the drum more times than I care to count and just want to be able to clean my son's and my clothes. I am fairly DIY-handy, but need to be walked thru the process. Can anyone help me?

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  • shannaposey May 26, 2010

    I have no idea how to access the drain hose/ interior workings of the washer. Please advise...

  • shannaposey May 26, 2010

    Thank you for this wonderfully detailed instruction. I will give it a try first thing in the morning!

  • shannaposey May 27, 2010


    I did the happy dance all over my kitchen when my washer began to drain! It WAS a bad lid switch that I replaced for $35. The instructions given were perfect and so easy to follow. Thank you so much - this site saved me at least $150 (probably more than that) by equipping me to do it myself.


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The lid switch (part number 3949238) is most likely not working. Check its continuity when the lid is closed. This requires the removal of the console. Pull the top of the end cap trims off then remove the screws at the front corners of the console then slightly pull the console forward to clear the console tabs from the slots on the top of the washer. Once cleared, flip the console to the rear of the washer and disconnect the lid switch wiring harness from the cabinet.

Using the a volt-ohmmeter, set it to the R X 1 scale check the continuity between the outer terminals of the lid switch wiring harness connector. Replace it should there be no continuity.

Access to the drain pump and the replacement of the lid switch requires the removal of the cabinet. The cabinet is attached to the rear of the washer by two brass-colored retaining clips. Insert the blade of a flat-bladed screwdriver into the lip of the clip on the cabinet side then push the handle rearward to release the clips.

Once the clips are released, open the lid and and grab the front rim of the cabinet then rock the cabinet forward and move it away from the machine.

To reinstall, bring the cabinet to the front of the washer then slide the front bottom rail of the cabinet under the rail at the base of the machine then lay down the cabinet into position. Make sure the slots in the cabinet sit into the tabs at the base of machine.

Secure the cabinet to the back of the machine with the two retaining clips. Inset the clips into the slots on the back of the machine then push it down into position to the slots on the cabinet. Reconnect the lid switch wiring harness connector and reinstall the console.

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    We are glad to know the problem is solved. Congratulations for doing a great job and thank you for using Fixya.


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Thanks for using FixYa. If the washer is not draining at all it is due to the drain line that is clogged and the drain hose which is attached to the drain pump is clogged. To start with remove the drain hose from the pump and clean them. If everything else seems to be working fine then it is the issue with the pump which needs to be replaced. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.


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