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How to diagnose and replace a defective door latch in a Frigidaire / Kenmore front loading washer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 05 June 2011 · 1,393 views

Starting yesterday with a load of heavy towels when I went to put them in the dryer I noticed they were soaking wet and weighed a ton. Obviously the machine did not kick into the spin cycle. On the next normal load of clothes it worked fine so I chalked it up to a heavy load of towels and maybe it got off balance and shut down early.

Well, now today that I'm trying to finish the laundry for the weekend it is doing it again on all loads. Needless to say I'm bummed. I put it on the Rinse/Spin cycle and watched it work. It fills with water starting with a 13minute countdown, tumbles around for a few minutes and then the pump goes to work draining all the water. All good so far but when the pump finishes draining the water with about 8 minutes left on the timer it just stops.


That is the classic door latch failure. The latch has 2 functions. The door locking in wash mode allows you to push pause and open the door right away to add clothes. The door lock in spin mode prevents you from opening the door while the drum is spinning at 1,000,000,000 RPM's so you don't get your arm ripped off. It's a good safety to have if you like to DLWI. Do Laundry While Intoxicated. You can reach down the inside front of the washer to remove the door latch. A couple screws on the front of the door to remove the latch assy. Some prefer to peel the door boot back enough to access the latch that way. It's a simple job. Here's your part: http://www.repaircli...er=417.44082400




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Source: Kenmore 417.44082400 Front Loader will not go into spin cycle



Tips for diagnosing a no-spin problem with a Frigidaire / Kenmore front load washer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 05 June 2011 · 1,007 views

Take the back off and check all the electrical connections. Unplug and replug. Take the top off and do the same. Should be 2 or 3 screws on the back of the top panel to remove. Also check the door latch connections. The door latch failure is a common problem with these washers. To test it, put it in the spin cycle and let it go for a couple minutes. Then unplug the washer and see if the door opens right away. If it does then the door latch has failed. If it stays locked for up to a minute than the problem is elsewhere.





Source: Kenmore 417.44082400 Front Loader will not go into spin cycle


How to fix a Whirlpool Duet washer that leaks from the dispenser

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 04 June 2011 · 1,024 views

Two times I have addressed this complaint...both times an article of clothing had somehow found its way into the funnel that directs the water into the tub from the dispenser...
gently peel back the boot at about the 11 o'clock postition and see if you can see the sock in the hole...

In no way do advocate posting without your model #, but recognized this from previous complaints!





Source: Whirlpool duet leaking from dispenser



How to replace the door latch assembly in an LG Tromm Washing Machine

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 03 June 2011 · 2,057 views

no need to take front panel off. remove spring that holds gray door boot in place. look around the edge you'll find the spring you pull to stretch. peel back boot remove screws from switch disconnect wires and you're all set.


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Source: LG Trom Washing Machine WM0532HW







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