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Kenmore Elite won't start

My (six year old) Kenmore Elite front loader suddenly stopped working. When I select the wash cycle I get a blinking red light and the cycle does not start when I press and hold start.

I've tried unplugging the machine, depressing pause/cancel and/or start and nothing starts the cycle. HELP!!! School starts in two days!!!

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  • psherry Mar 23, 2009

    Wow!!! I am about ready to lose my mind with my Kenmore Elite Washer... The Sud button is blinking and I can't cancel, drain or nothing. We have been playing around with this darn washer for weeks. Please help me before I throw it to the curve.

  • 3meboys Apr 06, 2009

    worse, have the same machine for almost 6 years, in the last 2 days will start and 2 minutes into will just blink and stop...tried cleaning out the filter the rinse/spin cycle will work but drain or any wash cycle will do the aforementioned...help

  • tariet May 17, 2009

    The front panel works, everything responds to touch but the cycle light just blinks and the washer wont start. There are no error codes. We've had this washer for 9 years with the only problem being the horrible moldy smell. Wont buy from Sears or Kenmore ever again. We are trying to reset the computer now and hopefully this works. Why do machines made 20+ years ago last so much longer than anything made today?

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    I have a control lock problem do you know what needs to be done? The control lock light is lit and no other buttons will work. The machine must have stopped mid cycle because there is still water in the drum.

  • Paula Roudenbush
    Paula Roudenbush May 25, 2009

    My Kenmore Elite he3t Front loader washer won't start.

    The sitting just blink a red light

    what do I need to do to get to work again ? please help me.

  • kinney0826 May 11, 2010

    I have a code of 888. How do you take the panel offf

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First of all, make sure haven't inadvertently locked your control panel. Press and hold the DRAIN/SPIN button for 3 seconds to see if it clears. How long did you unplug the washer for? The manufacturer recommends unplugging the washer for at least 30 minutes to reset the computer. Try this first and let me know what you have. It could be you only have a minor glitch.

If these preliminary checks prove unsuccessful, you may have a control panel problem. Do you have any error codes deisplayed? Please reply and let me know what you have.

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