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Our 5 year old washer...is giving us a reading of F 11.. which in the manual says its electrical.. we really cant afford to pay sears tocome out look at it and then tell us we need a new electronic board..hmm.. any suggestions? my husband is super handy..HELP

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Unfortunately, you're taking a gamble either way. You either pay for a trained and correctly equipped repairer who may be able to fix it quickly (or will let you that the machine is beyond economic repair), or your husband buys and installs potentially expensive new parts only to find that they make no difference and he then cannot get a refund.

If your husband has the right tools/experience he can check for obvious electrical faults such as worn motor brushes, loose wiring plugs, dry solder joints, faulty solenoids and failed microswitches without any real expense, but after that you have to decide whether to call the engineer out or to buy another machine. Unlike your hubby, a service engineer will have the opportunity to order in new parts and to then swap them back out if they don't fix the fault, so it can actually be cheaper than DIY: you'll also have a greater chance of getting up and running again and clearing that growing laundry pile.

Modern washing machines are usually designed around a five year lifespan, so even if you do find the fault you can expect that other parts are going to fail soon due to wear and fatigue, but in most cases it will be something relatively cheap like a pump or a switch and some of these can be taken apart by your husband and teased into lasting a bit longer. If the drum bearing eventually fails then it's not realistically fixable these days, but a machine will usually keep going on an increasingly noisy bearing for long enough to allow saving towards a new machine.

Good luck whatever option you choose and I hope that you soon get your machine working again at minimum expense.

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This is usually the MCU Motor Control Unit has failed. The board is located inside the cabinet of the machine and is easy to replace but fairly expensive. Before replacing remove each lead and carefully check for corossion or loose connections, if none found you will need to replace the motor control board. Here is a link that should help http://appliancehelponline.com/washermotorcontrolboard.html

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How old is the washer ?

Here is an interesting report I just read!!!!!!!!!!

Repair or replace?

When to pull the plug on your old washer

Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
in the owner's manual.

Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model?
The answer depends mostly on the age of your washer,
how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.

Follow these guidelines:

When a repair makes sense.

If your washer is under warranty or less than four years old ,
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Note that washers under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.

When a repair might be a wise choice.

If your washer is out of warranty and is four to seven years old,
it might make sense to pay for a repair. Customers generally pay $100 to $200 for a repair.
But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage,
given that today's models have added features.
Higher energy efficiency is another plus: Energy Star-qualified models made after April 28, 2008,
are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent
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When it pays to replace.

The repair costs more than half the price of a comparable new washer.
Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive washer
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Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent
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Here is an interesting report I just read!!!!!!!!!!

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Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
in the owner's manual.

Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model?
The answer depends mostly on the age of your washer,
how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.

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If your washer is under warranty or less than four years old ,
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Note that washers under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.

When a repair might be a wise choice.

If your washer is out of warranty and is four to seven years old,
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But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage,
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When it pays to replace.

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Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive washer
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Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent
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Here is an interesting report I just read!!!!!!!!!!

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Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
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Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model?
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When a repair makes sense.

If your washer is under warranty or less than four years old ,
paying for a repair makes sense.
Note that washers under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.

When a repair might be a wise choice.


If your washer is out of warranty and is four to seven years old,
it might make sense to pay for a repair. Customers generally pay $100 to $200 for a repair.
But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage,
given that today's models have added features.
Higher energy efficiency is another plus: Energy Star-qualified models made after April 28, 2008,
are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent
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Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive washer
eight or more years old.

Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent
of washers you replace are likely to end up in a landfill.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to advise you!
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paying for a repair makes sense.
Note that washers under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.

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Peace aminajmay,
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If the appliance is 10 years old or more you it may not be advisable to put good money into bad!
New appliances are so much more efficient today that they can save you a lot of money in energy!
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The new appliance will pay for itself in only a few years!


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Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
in the owner's manual.

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When a repair makes sense.

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Note that washers under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.

When a repair might be a wise choice.

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are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent
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