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I have a Kenmore HE 3 T. I put the clothes in the washer and when I push the button to turn it on, nothing happens. I checked the outlet and it's fine. The breakers aren't blown. I plugged the washer into another outlet on another circuit and still nothing. Any suggestions?

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  • itsme1947 Jul 28, 2010

    I have the same problem. Love to know the answer. If I unplug it for awhile and plug it back in, it usually works.

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It appears your timer/main controller/CCU has failed in this instance.

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PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.




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