Kenmore Washing Machine "clicking"
Posted 30 July 2005 - 05:16 PM
The machine appears to still be cleaning the wash properly, but I wonder whether this may not be the early symptoms of a faulty coupler? Or is it more likely to be something else in the chain from motor to tub?
Thanks in advance!
BTW - (since I'm in the neighborhood) is the water level selector/sensor likely to be a reasonably-priced part? Mine broke in the highest setting a few years ago and I never thought to replace it (since we've got four kids and only do large loads anyway)... but if I'm going to be under the hood anyway...
Posted 30 July 2005 - 06:11 PM
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Posted 30 July 2005 - 09:06 PM
Posted 31 July 2005 - 06:46 AM
Trying to slim it down.... Mad Mac described it perfect whats going on you lost a run winding or power to the run winding....
Also please post a model # It makes it so much easier to give you advise.... Thanks
Posted 31 July 2005 - 01:03 PM
Ok... everything is working fine now.
The problem is.... I'm not sure what I did. - And since that probably means I'll be seeing the innards of this thing again... I thought I would follow up.
The story so far:
This is a Kenmore 110-20842 990 (80 series direct drive). Opened it up and the clicking is definitely coming from the vicinity of the motor (seems clear it isn't the transmission). Pulled a few things off and confirmed that the coupler is fine. So I ran the motor a bit without the load - no clicking. Unplugged, cleaned and checked all of the obvious connections and everything seems to be making good contact. No damaged wires either. So I pieced it all back together (without any part left over - which is usually a good sign for me) and ran it some more. Same clicking.
Following up on Appliance Terminator and Mad Mac's tips for determining which windings might be the problem, I put the case back together and put in a load of laundry. The problem occurred throughout the agitation cycle. When it came to the first spin cycle, I varied the speed a few times, both while running and from a dead stop. No problems (no clicking, and each speed worked fine).
Then it reached the second agitation cycle... and NO clicking. I finished the load and did a second... and then a third. The symptoms have disappeared. :shock:
Any ideas? Should I be planning on replacing the motor at some point in the future?
Posted 31 July 2005 - 01:11 PM
Posted 31 July 2005 - 01:37 PM
Posted 31 July 2005 - 02:02 PM
Ya know what? It never occured to me to check the wiring at the other end of circuit. That's "up here" and the noise was "down there". It IS about 5-6 years old, so that fits your experience as well (and listening to Mad Mac, I haven't been doing that switch any favors today).
That's potentially good news. It's certainly cheaper than replacing the motor. And I've got to back in there anyway to replace the water level selector that's been broken since right after we got it. I'll just watch it for a few loads and see what happens.
Thanks everyone for the help! I'm sure I'll be bumping into you again in a couple weeks. I just ordered a new Kenmore dishwasher to replace my quirky GE and I'm sure I'll need help with something.
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