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The up and down arror no longer lets me choose a percentage. Is the panel gone bad?

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It may have or it may just need to be reset. Either way, what I will tell you to do, will give you a clue, if the control panel needs to be replaced.

Turn the unit OFF & unplug it for 15 minutes. Then plug the unit back in and turn it ON. If the electronics reset, they will have reverted back to the original factory settings. From there you can set the controls as you like. If it didn't reset, you will need to replace the control panel. Since it's Kenmore (house brand for Sears), you can purchase the part on line from Sear Parts Central or schedule an in home repair, if you don't want to do it yourself.

I hope this helps and thanks for choosing FixYa.

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