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My kenmore stacked washer/dryer has a wash cycle that can last for 12 hours. it will ultimately finish and clothes will be cleaned properly but it takes long breaks during the cycle.

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The time it takes to do a cycle is determined by the washing machine timer. That is driven by a clock motor. This is an older machine so what is happening is that the motor on the timer is stopping and starting. A replacement timer is sold only as a complete assembly. I'm fairly sure you washing machine does the best job in the world in cleaning cloths.
Hope this helps,
Best,
Mark

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

Testimonial: "Thank you so much for your time Mark. I'm going to look into finding myself a new timer. I really appreciate your guidance! Happy New Year! - Doug"

  • bell_doug Dec 30, 2010

    so the clock motor dictate the long breaks the machine takes when it is doing nothing?

  • Mark Freedman
    Mark Freedman Dec 30, 2010

    HI Doug,
    I didn't understand that it was doing nothing. But there are breaks in the cycle of a washing machine. When it goes from wash to spin to rinse and back again through the cycles, there are pauses in the interval. These are silent. If you clock motor is hanging up in these, then it will take much longer to complete the cycle. If the washer is doing all of the cycles and none are skipped, then the switches inside the timer are doing their job. If the machine , for example. is washing but not spinning, the timer is shot.
    A timer is, unfortunately, an expensive part. Usually would cost the consumer around $100.00 to replace these days.
    If, for example, the timer motor starts and get, lets say hot and ceases. then cools down and runs again, then it is going bad but still limping along.
    A washer timer really is controlled by a tiny clock motor. The timers and the moters that run them are purchased from sub contracting companies that make them for Whirlpool and Kenmore and just about every one else now. If you get the model number off of your timer, and get the cross references from a supply house. You may be able to find one like your, on ebay for just a few dollars. Easiest bet is to set aside funds for a new timer, and have at it. The timer on that machine should have easy farily easy access. I used to perform
    intracate unofficial repairs on things that "couldn't be fixed" . One of the things I did with these
    motors was to drill a tiny hole in the gear housing and spray a lubricant into it. Sometimes, but not always it was enough to bring back life to a dying timer motor.
    I hope I have advised well.
    Feel perfectly free to corrispond with me on the this site.
    Best Regards,
    Mark

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