Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
Take off the bottom panel (unplug unit first!) and unscrew the cap on the drain cylinder, be sure to have plenty of towels to soak up the water! pull out the center piece and check out all the treasures stored inside. Be sure to use a flashlight and lift up the black hose behind it to get any leftovers in the hose. I just did it today and could not believe how much stuff was in there...coins. pens, buttons, lost of wet lint had it clogged. The clothes finally don't smell!
Posted on Apr 19, 2009
Posted on Oct 23, 2010
SOURCE: stops during cycle
i know this thread is old news now, but i came across as i am having the same problem. Of course the permanent solution is to replace the board, except the problem with that is, GE has stopped making them four years ago, plus, the cost of the part is about $316, which is over half the cost of the whole machine!
Anyway, the cause of my issue with the washer just shutting down during mid cycle, i believe was caused by overheating of the control panel. It seems the genius' at GE designed this thing to work under complete submerged conditions. The entire board is encased in some sort of latex rubber, with exception to the heatsink and transformer, and then enclosed in a non vented space. I am surprised the board hadn't failed sooner. So when I took the thing apart and inspected it, i found that both the transformer and heatsink were extremely hot. To vent the heat out of the control compartment, I just simply drilled some hole in the panel above where these two components were on the board. Put it back together, plugged it in, and voila! i have been successfully doing laundry again for 2 days without the washer stopping in mid cycle.
Hope this has helped.
Posted on Apr 30, 2015
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