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Anyone Know About Washing Machine Repair?
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Week N Warrior    Posted 05-18-2003 at 06:12:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a little problem with our Kenmore washing machine.
Once it fills up with water and goes into the aggregating cycle the pump comes on and starts pumping out the water.
For the last four months we have been redirecting the drain hose to pump it back into the machine.
I think my wife is about to get tried of this solution. Iíve explained to her it is still easier than the pioneers had it when they would have to go down to the creek to wash clothes. But that explanation doesnít seem to be working to good any more.
Anyone have any ideas as to what I should check or replace to fix it?
The machine works good other than that.


Week N Warrior    Posted 05-19-2003 at 03:58:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the help.
I think I found the problem.
Beleive I need a new pump.
It has a flapper valve in it that must not be seating.
I filled it with water and watched it.
The lever that works the valve seems to work fine.


Farmer Gene (WI)    Posted 05-19-2003 at 02:54:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try this site. The hardest part about washing machines is getting it apart to work on them.

Sid    Posted 05-18-2003 at 12:51:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had that problem with an older machine that was a Kenmore it was a part called a wig-wag. The newer machines are different If I remember right the cabinet tilts forward instead of taking the back off. I agree with williamf and JohnnyB it will more than likely be a simple fixe. I was fortunate enough to work with a guy that was working an appliance repair business part time Chuck was very helpful when I had a problem. In my opinion not only are whirpool washers simple to work on they are very durable. This is just my two fragrances worth.

williamf    Posted 05-18-2003 at 06:30:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most of what I know is that when the coupling between the motor and transmission on our washer failed last week it cost $81 to have somebody come out and fix it. I could have done it myself, but I couldn't figure out how to open the cover.
But seriously, if it's put together like our Whirlpool, and they're probably made on the same assembly line, the pump runs when it's agitating. It's supposed to recirc back to the tank; if it's pumping out the problem is probably with the 3-way valve that directs the flow either to the drain or back to the tank. The problem could either be in the control, that the brain is telling the valve the wrong thing, or, more likely, that the valve is stuck in the drain position.
Now, whether you want to tackle opening it up and finding and replacing the valve as step one in troubleshooting, well, you'll know what you're up to doing. I was more afraid of damaging the cover trying to open it that that I wouldn't be able to replace the coupling.
Good Luck, Wm

JohnnyB    Posted 05-18-2003 at 12:27:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know about the pump problem, but that $81 coupling can be bought for about $7 and you can replace it yourself in under 10 minutes. I too learned this the hard way, simple fix.

williamf    Posted 05-19-2003 at 04:39:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're right. Once I saw how the guy removed the sheet metal to get at it, next time I'll be able to do it myself. We've got the stacked, dryer-on-top model, and there's a trick to it.
While he was in there he showed me hoh to replace the pump when the pump shaft starts to leak. "It will one day," he said.

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