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Kenmore 80 washing machine -water sensor not working

Hi Almostbob,
Our water sensor isn't working. I did some research and wanted to confirm that the 80 series is similar enough to the 90 series, that I can remove the console and check the water sensor settings. Any special hints about taking off the console and what, exactly, I'm looking for at the water sensor location? Thanks so much, this is my first try at home repair!

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  • drckennedy Aug 19, 2008

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  • Anonymous Aug 26, 2008

    I followed the directions on removing the console. The tube seems to be attached properly, the dial stem will rotate properly. The water level will only fill half way. Is there another solution to this problem.

  • wendydowmill Dec 07, 2008

    Hi Almost Bob, My Kenmore 80 Series recently started only filling to a small load level. I followed your instructions and there was water in the hose. Blew out the water with an air compressor and it raised the level an inch or two but still not up to the level of a large load. Also moved the bolt clockwise, moved the switch back and forth and can see that it's moving okay, but still not as high as it should. Any suggestions as to next steps? Also, if the water sensor itself needs to be replaced, how do I go about ordering that? Thanks for your help. BTW, this is my first venture into washer repair and I found it enjoyable, especially with your excellent instructions! Wendy in Connecticut.



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Kenmore is uniformly easy to work on, everything comes off from the front.
There are two 80 models,
on the most common, newer model, the edge trims on the console pop off, there is a phillips screw in each corner, remove the screw, slide the console forward, lift up and flip over.
on the older one the console is released by sliding a putty knife or other blunt blade under the corners of the console to uncatch a clip, lift up flip over

  • ensure air tube is attached (water level sensor operates off air tube from bottom of drum to control body, (bottom is not loose or there is water all over the floor))
  • Blow any water out of the air tube, it should be empty when the washer is empty, water remaining in the tube messes up the pressure sensing (usually makes water level lower)
  • ensure wires are connected to control body.
Kenmore pressure switches are adjustable, the adjustment is hidden.
An internal spring stretches over time and does not react properly.
to test
  1. remove the water level knob from the front side of console
  2. depress the lock tab at the right side of water level sensor body where it contacts the back side of the console and rotate counter clockwise 45degrees
  3. withdraw water level sensor body
  4. adjacent to shaft for the knob is 1/8inch bolt head, turn clockwise to raise, counter clockwise to lower water level.
  5. washer can be operated with the console open and the level body removed - dont shock yourself on the cable connectors
  6. test, adjust, test adjust. (water level switch may need to be flicked hi-med & back to test adjustment
  7. if no effect replace water level sensor body
The water level switch body contains a small spring that is not really up to the job and stretches over years,
do this repair, on call, no parts, takes 15 minutes,, 3-4 times a month

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

  • Anonymous Aug 28, 2008

    For guest

    the second set of instructions deals with your problem, I think.

    remove the knob and control body, then you can adjust water level with a very small (1/8inch) bolthead/nut next to the knob shaft

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    michael_d69 Feb 07, 2012

    Our Kenmore 80 Series overflowed tonight, and it took less than 5 minutes to figure out the solution (based on this site). The pressure sensor tube came loose. I re-attached and it now works fine. THANK YOU!!!



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