It can be difficult and time-consuming to fix a Kenmore washer that won’t start. There are a variety of methods you can follow to resolve the issue. In this post, we’ll look at the common causes of the timer on your Kenmore washer that doesn’t advance and offer step-by-step directions for fixing the problem.
This guide is intended for veteran DIYers and novices to DIY repairs. It will guide you through how to get your Kenmore washing machines working again in a flash.
The lid switch is a safety feature in top-loading Kenmore washing machines. The lid switch is normally placed beneath the top of the. It is mounted over or connected to the lid. This will activate the switch once it’s closed. The lid switch provides energy to the timer as well as the motor circuits. How do you test the switch that powers the lid on the Kenmore washing machine using the multimeter
- Unplug your Kenmore washing machines.
- Locate the lid switch by removing the top panel or cabinet.
- After you locate the switch, ensure that all actuators and levers are clean and free of sticking.
- If there are no issues during the above tests Remove the switch and set your multimeter to the Rx1 setting. Press and hold the switch button. Put the probes on the switch’s terminals. The probes should return a reading of zero.
- If you receive a different reading, then you’ll need a replacement lid switch.
Timer & Timer Motor:
The timer is used to control all the functions of the Kenmore washer. The timer has an array of electrical contacts that are operated by a cam that is moved by a motor. Some of the contacts in the timer can be used to control the timer motor. If the timer on your washer will not advance, the timer or timer motor might be malfunctioning. Test the timer and timer motor in aKenmore washing machine with a multi-meter:
- Unplug the Kenmore washing machines from power sources.
- Locate and take out the timer. To access the control panel and rear panel, you’ll need to remove them.
- Use your multimeter to touch the probes at the motor’s terminals (refer to your wiring diagram). You’re testing for continuity. You should see an error of zero or close to zero.
- If your test yields an error, you’ll require an replacement timer.
Water level control:
The water level control function of Kenmore washing machines allows the user to turn on and off the water valve on certain levels as well as to supply power to the timer motor to regulate the level of water. If your washer is full but the timer is unable to advance, you could have an issue with the water level switch. How to check the control of water levels on theKenmore washing machine:
- Before starting, unplug your washing machine as you’ll be working with electrical components.
- Before you suspect the switch prior to identifying the problem, you should remove the air dome hose as the cause of the issue. To find and remove the air dome hose, take the cabinet from the wall. Place the hose into water, then seal the other end, and blow air into the other, watching for bubbles all over. Additionally, you should check the hose for evidence of cracks, wearing, or obstructions.
- If you’ve not noticed any problems, you may need to get a replacement water-level switch.
Timer Knob, Dial & Skirt
The timer knob, or dial, is connected to the shaft of the clock and will rotate as the timer moves through a sequence. The timer knob may also be used to initiate the process by pulling back on the knob which activates a switch inside the timer. The timer knob is usually made from plastic and strengthened with a keyed insert. Normal use can cause the knob to break or wear and no longer be able to turn in the direction of the shaft. This makes it more difficult to rotate the timer according to the desired setting and result in the timer dial to stop turning to the right direction when the cycle is progressing. How to inspect the timer knob on aKenmore washer:
- Remove your Kenmore washer from the power source.
- Find the knob to the timer It is necessary to remove the rear panel or cabinet to get to the front of the timer.
- Make sure to check the knob and ensure that the timer engages as the knob is pulled out , then pushed in.
- If it doesn’t engage then you’ll need new knobs.
A drain pump is a device that removes water from the Kenmore washing machines tub after the rinse and wash parts. The washer from Kenmore may not be able recognize the tub is empty if the drain pump is not working. If your washing machine stops at the end of the wash or rinse portions of the cycle be sure that the drain pump functions properly. Certain models that are electronically controlled might display a fault code when this problem occurs. If your Kenmore washing machine displays an error message then you should refer to our list of common appliance fault codes to determine the root cause. How do you inspect the drain pump of a Kenmore washer?
- Unplug your Kenmore washing machine.
- Locate your drain pump. To access the pump you’ll need to lift off the front panel of the appliance.
- Once you’ve located the pump, make sure you check all hoses and connections to check for leaks or damage.
- You’ll need an pump replacement If the leak is in the pump.
Water Inlet Vave:
The valve for water inlet supplies cold and hot water to Kenmore washers throughout fill parts. Two solenoids at least will be able to open the valve. The valve for water inlet could be the reason for the issue if your washer stops working during the cycle, and then stops at the rinse fill or wash section. First, make sure that there are no kinks in the hoses to the inlet, and that they’re free of any restrictions. They should be in good condition. After that, you should check the continuity of the solenoids using the multimeter. How to test the water inlet valve within aKenmore washing machine with the aid of a multi-meter
- Ensure that you have unplugged the Kenmore washing machine prior to starting.
- Locate and take out the valve for water inlet. It’s most likely located right behind the hose connectors You will have to take out all or a section of the cabinet to access it.
- Examine the screens in the valve for signs of buildup or debris be sure to do this in a safe manner because the screens cannot be repaired and if they have been damaged, you’ll require a new valve.
- Examine your pump visually for any indications of wear or damage, in the event that none are discovered make sure your multi-meter is set to Rx1 and place the probes at the terminals. Refer to your manual for details on what this test can reveal, since it varies between models. next.
- You’ll require to purchase a replacement water valve in the event that your readings are beyond the recommended range.