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  1. Guest

    My washing machine was filling up as usual but after about 10 seconds
    it just STOPPED.
    Will not do anything. At first I tought the wall outlet fuse blew. No
    such luck. My washer is dead. Only 7 years old. Kenmore. Any Ideas out
    there?
     
  2. CJT

    CJT Guest

    Check the circuit breaker at the breaker box.
     
  3. Ron(UK)

    Ron(UK) Guest

    Fill valve coil open circuit. Door catch/interlock problem if a front
    loader.

    Ron(UK)
     
  4. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    What model?

    Does it have anything that would indicate the machine is getting power?
    Light on the control panel, in the basket, etc? If you rotate the timer
    knob by hand do any of the cycles do anything? Normally the drain and
    spin cycles will work even without water in it. I had a Kenmore (which
    is a rebranded Whirlpool) for a while that burned the contacts on the
    timer so the motor wouldn't run, cleaned them up and it worked for a
    couple years until I got rid of it.
     
  5. JR North

    JR North Guest

    Just tell her to put the coffee down and get back to work.
    JR
     
  6. Guest

    Ok, I have to say it.
    Either the washer is broken which is all we can determine from the
    large amount of torubleshooting information provided, or the ac outlet
    that the washer is plugged into has no ac power, or the user of the
    washer has no idea and the unit needs plugged into the wall and turned
    on.
     
  7. Michael Ware

    Michael Ware Guest

    If it is a top loader, there are two safety switches that tell the machine
    if the lid is closed. My mother has a Whirlpool that also would not do
    anything. Open up the top, find the schematic, get your voltmeter and start
    testing. If it is the switch, it is a cheap fix (less than $10) if it is the
    timer could be much higher.
     
  8. Dave D

    Dave D Guest

    I may be missing something here, but I don't consider a washing machine
    failing after 7 years to be any big surprise. Indeed, if it's gone that long
    without failing it's done better than most washers I've encountered.

    Dave
     
  9. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    7 years? That's not very long really, I've worked on plenty of washers
    that were 20-30 years old. Some of the new stuff is built pretty cheap
    but IMO any washing machine that doesn't last at least 10 years is
    garbage, and 10 years is pushing it, 15-20 is more reasonable.
     
  10. Dave D

    Dave D Guest

    We appear to be talking at cross-purposes here. I didn't say anything about
    terminal failure, I was referring to the OP's surprise that his washer needs
    servicing after 7 years.

    Dave
     
  11. Our Maytag is going on 35 years now and the only repairs have been to
    remove a pin from the drain pump and to repair the timer motor gear.

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  12. spudnuty

    spudnuty Guest

    In my experience the most common problems are the timer, fill level
    switch and associated tubes and sucn and the lid switch(s). As Michael
    said check that out first. I ran ours for almost 3 months with a clip
    lead shorting out the switch (landlord was too cheap to spring for the
    switch). Finally I just went and bought the thing and took it off the
    rent. If you do that be careful as the unit will spin with the lid
    open.
    Richard
     
  13. Dave D

    Dave D Guest

    That's pretty impressive!

    Dave.
     
  14. Yep, they built them well back then. The Maytag repair person probably was
    very lonely. He/she, of course, never saw it. :)

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  15. Guest

    The "USER" is not a moron. The washer is plugged into a working outlet
    and it was turned on.
    I don't see the purpose of your answer. I thought this was a HELP forum
    not a platform for unwarranted insults!!!
    The washer is not broken.I since found out it works for cold water wash
    only.
    And all the trouble shooting ideas were not really helpful. Not a top
    loader. The on light is on.
     
  16. Guest

    WHAT???
     
  17. Guest

    Ok, then maybe you can help.
    I have this XTZ device that quit working a few seconds after I tried to
    start it last time I used it.
    I checked the circuit breaker in the box and it was not tripped.
    The XTZ is only 10 year old when it failed.
    What could the problem be?

    Substitute any device for XTZ.

    The point was, if you want some help, at least post some real
    troubleshooting information.
    No one here has a crystal ball and can see what is going on with
    someone elses device over the web.

    Try this request for help then:

    I have this XTC device which quit working last time I tried to use it.
    It is a side load XTC.
    Pulling the timer knob out which would normally start it and I hear a
    click noise inside the unit like a relay.
    Leaving the unit turned on the timer moves ok, but the XTC never
    activates.
    I know there is AC power as a light was plugged into the same outlet.
    I tried all modes of operation an none of them worked. or I tried all
    modes of operation and only the one that did ABC worked.

    As you probably found out, given the lack of information resulted in
    all troubleshooting ideas not being helpful.
     
  18. Ron(UK)

    Ron(UK) Guest

    Hot fill valve coil open circuit

    Ron
     
  19. Dave D

    Dave D Guest

    I junked a 35-ish year old Sony Trinitron last March when clearing out a
    dead relative's house, IIRC it was the first ever Trinitron model. It still
    worked well, strong CRT and decent picture, all it needed was the pots
    servicing as they were a bit scratchy. It ended up at the tip because no-one
    wanted it. It wasn't easy throwing it on the scrapheap- I kept wondering if
    it was a collector's item, but we simply didn't have the time to find out.

    Dave
     
  20. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Ah, misunderstanding then, yeah 7 years is not too unusual for there to
    be some problem, particularly with the increased complexity of the
    modern machines.


    I've gotta say though, sometimes that complexity is worth it. After
    picking up a dead front loader and repairing the motor board that
    machine is incredible, the clothes come out noticeably cleaner, less
    detergent is required, and it's so quiet. I can put up with fancy
    electronics breaking once in a while for that, but I wouldn't pay what
    they retail for.
     
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