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How to Troubleshoot a Kenmore Washer Timer

Kelly Schuler

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.

You do not realize how much you depend on your washing machine until it quits working.
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.