Door Lock Or Interlock:
The door lock, also known as the interlock, is an security device used on front load Kenmore washing machines as well as certain Kenmore top-load washers. It stops the lid or door from being opened when the machine is operating. The system includes a door-mounted catch as well as the door lock mechanism which is located in the back of the main top/door shroud/front panel. The lock mechanism is made up of switches, with the lock/unlock or solenoid for the wax motor. When the cycle is started the washer control is activated the solenoid or wax motor of the lock to stop the lid or door from being opened. After the cycle the control will turn on the door unlock solenoid , or will turn off the door lock wax motor. The wax motor-type solenoid typically takes about one minute or so to be activated or deactivated. If the lid or door will not open at the end of the cycle the lock mechanism might be the cause. The majority of Kenmore washers come with an unlocking manual lever to open the mechanism, allowing you to open the lid or door. The release can be accessed from below the door lock, or on some models, from the soap dispenser’s enclosure. How to examine the Kenmore door lock inside a washing machine
- Disconnect your Kenmore washer from the energy source prior to beginning.
- Make sure you clean the door lock. It is usually located along the frame of your washer, under the lid.
- If washing it doesn’t solve the problem, take off the lock on the door of the Kenmore washing machine and inspect it for cracks, damage or wear. You likely will need to take off all or a portion of the cabinet of the washer in order for the switch to be removed.
- If you find your switch shows any of these symptoms it is time to get the replacement door lock.
Door Strike & Catch & Hook:
The door strike, also referred to as the catch or hook, is part of the safety mechanism on front loading Kenmore washing machines. It can also be used to activate the lid switch of a top load washer. On Kenmore front load washers, the door hook is used to engage the lock mechanism. The hook on the door can become damaged and not be capable of activating the door lock correctly or detach from the lock mechanism quickly after. The door strike , or hook is normally made of rigid plastic and can break during normal use and abuse, or even if someone has attempted to open the door using pressure while the lock is in operation. How to inspect the door strike of a Kenmore washing machine
1.This is a simple inspection that requires no tools, nor removal is needed.
2. Locate your door strike. It’s in the door frame of your Kenmore washer.
3. Visually inspect the strike to verify that it is in contact with the lock on your door appropriately and opens without issue. Also, examine the strike for signs of wear, cracking or any damage.
4. If you encounter any issues when you perform the tests above, you will need an Kenmore replacement door strike.
Lid Hinge & Pin:
In top-loading models of Kenmore washing machines, there are two hinges to connect the lid to the top. These hinges could be made from plastic or metal and will eventually wear down because of the use of the machine. The hinges may be to blame for any difficulty opening the lid. How to check the hinges and pins on your Kenmore washer:
1. You will need to expose electrical parts during the inspection. Before you begin making sure that you’ve unplugged the Kenmore washer.
2. Begin by lifting the lid and inspecting the lid hinges and pins for signs of cracking, wear damages, or dirt that could be blocking the hinges.
3. Remove or lift the top part of the lid to check every side of the hinges and pins.
4. If you notice any issues while performing the checks above you’ll require the Kenmore replacement hinges for your lid.