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Power Switch - Washer

The electronic power switch has stopped working - well it works intermittently and my kids just keep jabbing until they get it to turn on. Can I replace the switch? How much is that part? My warranty expired and I didn't get an extended one...mistake.

I just want to say the this set of laundry appliances is the worst I have ever purchased. If I could afford another set, I would throw them away. Wrinkled clothes, not really clean, constant load balance problems, had the lid lock problem, the error codes, constant AF problem on the dryer....just **** - I wish I had saved $1000 and bought a basic set.

Thanks,
Angela Daniels
Greenville, SC

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  • kcullins Dec 22, 2008

    I have had mine for less then 1 year and it has been doing the same thing. If I keep pressing the button it will eventually work but as of tonight it has stopped. VERY VERY FRUSTRATING!!!!

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I feel your pain, Amy. I've worked on this appliance and have experienced all the error codes and load balance problems, you've explained. There are many of you that wish they had not spent the extra money on this set.

Your problem is more than likely the User Interface Control board located under the console. Unfortunately, the power switch is not a separate part of the board. The board is sold as one assembly and what typically happens is one or more of the small buttons wear out (usually the ones used more frequently). Replacing the board is simple if you wish to pursue a repair on your own and avoid unnecessary labor charges.

You can go to searspartsdirect.com and type in your COMPLETE model number. There are several variations of your washer listed, so make sure you type in the model number correctly. The part you need can be found under the "Control Panel Parts" heading as item number 7 (part #8564290). The card is not cheap. It runs around $113.

To replace the board follow these simple steps:

1. UNPLUG washer.
2. Loosen the three screws in the back of the control panel.
3. The control panel will lift from the back first, then off. Be careful not to damage the small interface cable that connects the control panel to the main control board.
4. Disconnect the interface connector and remove the control knob on the front of the panel by pulling straight out.
5. Place the control panel face down on a padded surface (like a stack of towels) and remove the series of screws that hold the Interface Control Board in place.
6. Carefully remove the plastic cover from the circuit board. It is held in place by a series of tabs.
7. Install new circuit board, using care NOT to handle the surface of the board with your hands. Handle the sides of the circuit to minimize the possibily of damage caused by static.
8. Install rear cover and reconnect the interface cable.
9. Re-install control panel by inserting the front section in the grooves on top of the washer first, then lower towards the back.
10. Tighten all screws and re-install control knob.

It's not a difficult repair at all. If you do not wish to order parts on line, you can use the part number provided and go to your nearest applaince parts retailer to see if it may be available. I hope this helps. Please post back if you have any questions, or require further assistance.

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