An unresponsive Kenmore washing machine can be a stressful experience, especially if it fails to move on to the next cycle. The issue could leave you with a pile of wet clothes urgently in need of being cleaned. Recognizing the potential causes the reasons your washing machine is unable to proceed into the next cycle could help you save both time and money by avoiding costly repairs or replacements. In this article, we will explore some of the typical reasons that your Kenmore washing machine could be stuck in a cycle . Additionally, we will provide some troubleshooting tips to help you get your machine back in normal operation.
The reason why a Kenmore washer isn’t able to move to the next cycle is based on the model of washer you own.
Top-loading Kenmore washer can’t move to the spin cycle or drain when a damaged lid switch is making the timer believe that the lid of the washer is closed. Kenmore washers that fail to complete the cycle may also be experiencing a malfunctioning timer or water-level pressure switches that are not working properly.
On an vertical modular (VMW) top load washer, a defective shifter assembly, or a failed drain pump can stop the washer mid-cycle. In addition, excessive suds could cause this kind of washer to stop when the cycle finishes.
A front-load washer can stop running a cycle if it is damaged due to a door lock or main electronic control board failure, or a motor control board issue. This model of Kenmore washer typically emits an error code that is digital when the control of the washer detects an issue and shuts down the cycle.
These Repairs Might Help Fix Your Kenmore Washer Problem
Replace the Kenmore washer lid
The lid switch on top-load Kenmore washer is an alarm switch that senses whether the lid on the washer is closed. If the basket turns, the lid needs to be shut. The washer will not spin or drain in the event that it perceives the lid is open.
Some top-load models require that the Kenmore lids of the washers be closed prior to the motor that drives the washer runs. A lid that is open can prevent some top-load washers from filling.
If the lid switch isn’t detecting whether the lid is closed, replace the switch.
Replace the Kenmore washer-shifter assembly
The shifter assembly-also called the actuator-in-a top-load washer is mounted to the bottom of the gear case. The motor of the shifter assembly moves the drive system from spin mode to the agitation mode. The location of the drive system is monitored by a sensor mounted on the shifter. The washer will stop when the motor, sensor or mechanical component of the shifter assembly fail and generate an error code. Replace the Kenmore shifter assembly if it fails.
Replace the Kenmore washer lock assembly
Kenmore’s front-load washer lock includes a security switch to detect whether the door of the washer is closed , as well as a latch. The door won’t close when any of these parts fail when it is opened. If one of the components fails when the door is closed, it won’t open. Replace the entire assembly in case any component fails.
Replace the Kenmore main control board for the washer
The main Kenmore electronic control board, also called the mother board, controls the execution and timing of washer component functions. It is responsible for the fill valves as well as the drive motor as well as the drain pump.
The Kenmore washer timer is to be replaced
The Kenmore washing machine’s timing, also known as a cycle selector, is the dial that you can use to control the speed of your cycle. The timer controls the Kenmore washing machine’s cycle, from the initial filling up to final spin. If the timer fails to move the washer throughout its cycle, you can replace it.
Kenmore washer drain pump may be repaired or replaced
The Kenmore drain pumps are used to remove water from washers at appropriate times during wash cycles. The pump’s bearing could seize, the seal can fail or the impeller blades can break. A belt-driven pump can fail, the seal can fail or the pulley may shatter. A humming noise in the event that the washer is overflowing with water is a common symptom of a failed pump. In some cases you can fix the pump by cleaning it of any debris and repairing wiring issues or replacing a seal. If the pump is unable to be repaired or rebuilt, replace it.
Change the Kenmore washer motor controller board
The Kenmore motor control board is a control circuit board in a front-load washer that’s usually in the lower part of the washer, close to the drive motor. It regulates the speed of the motor that drives it and the direction it’s directed to for action of the tumble and spin. The motor control panel may require replacement if the motor stops running.
Replace the Kenmore washer water level pressure switch
The Kenmore water-level pressure switch is a device that detects the water level in the tub for washing. If the pressure switch for water level is malfunctioning, the washing machine isn’t filled properly. It might not fill correctly or it might overfill to the point where it overflows. If the pressure control doesn’t precisely detect and regulate the level of water inside the Kenmore washer, you should replace it.
A Kenmore washing-machine that stops going to the next cycle is a very frustrating issue. It can also disrupt the laundry routine. Knowing the causes and solutions will aid in identifying the issue and return normal operations to the washing machine. Troubleshooting an issue, whether it is an easy fix like blocked drains or more difficult problems with the control board will save you time and money. If you follow the suggestions and recommendations outlined in this post, you will be able to take the first step towards finding the solution to your Kenmore washing machine’s cycle advancing issues and getting your laundry back to normal.