Question about Kenmore Washing Machines
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.
Posted on Sep 08, 2010
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
Posted on Sep 08, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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