How to Troubleshoot a Kenmore Washer Timer


Learning how to troubleshoot a Kenmore washer timer will only take a few minutes, and save you a service call from the appliance repair person. Unless you are an electrical technician, actually using the computer diagnostic equipment for a Kenmore washer is out of the question. There is, however, a simple set of procedures anyone can follow to troubleshoot a washing machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Power tester
  • Turn the washer on by setting the timer button on wash, and then pull out on the switch. If nothing happens, make sure the washer is plugged in.

  • Turn the timer button to rinse. If nothing happens, make sure the lid is closed and the door switch is making contact; you should hear a click when the lid closes.

  • Turn the dial to spin and pull out the start button. If nothing happens, make sure the load in the washer is distributed evenly. Reset the water level to high.

  • Turn the timer dial to the delicate setting and pull out the start button. If nothing happens, reset the water level to low, and then try again.

  • Unplug the washer and reset the timer dial to its off position. Check for power in the electrical wall outlet with a power meter. If there is power in the outlet, you will need to replace the timer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your Kenmore washing machine is still under warranty, do not attempt to repair it yourself; call the Kenmore warranty service line first, or you may void the warranty.
  • Do not work inside the washing machine until it is unplugged.

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