My Kenmore top-loader washing machine (c.1980s) fills to the correct level, but does NOTHING else... will not agitate, will not advance, will not drain, no matter what other dial positions I manually advance to..... Lid switch is tested and OK. What else should I look at?
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Re: Washer does nothing but FILL!!
Suspect timer contacts bad but ck wire harness to motor just to be sure also if i remember correctly those may also have off balance switch that would cause problems but not sure if water would run in if they are bad ..sorry oldfixer memory ain't what it use to be
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First off I can tell you the water valve coils are probably cooked / burned out. With POWER OFF / unit unplugged you can remove one wire from each of the coils and check for resistance across the coils. No resistance = open coil = no fill. NO FILL = no agitate because the water level pressure switch is trying to sense the water level that never rises. If there is no water then there will be no agitation.
If you really want to see if it will agitate in it's current condition you can fill the unit with a garden hose on a low level water setting and fill it a little over half way to see if it will agitate. (You will have to remove the hose and close the lid)
If that works then the water vavle would be the culprit causing your condition. The wire wound in the coil windings of the water valve is smaller in thickness than a human hair and would easily fail if 220VAC was put across a 110V winding.
Check that the front door or lid interlock switches are operating. If
they are not, the machine will not start. It is a very common cause of
non-operation, and simply opening and closing the door will usually
clear the problem if it is just intermittent sticking.