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Kenmore Washer 110 44832 200 Not spinning clothes completely?


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#1 Marcplante

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 09:49 PM

I'm trying to track down why clothes are not getting dry.  I have checked the exhaust temp on my Kenmore dryer and checked that the exhaust tubing is clear.  I am going to check the Thermastor, but I also wanted to see if there might be some reason that my washer is not quite spinning the clothes dry enough.

 

I have checked the drain trap and it is clear (I've actually found kids' socks there in the past.  The spin cycle seems to be running at a good speed and smoothly.

 

Is there anything else to check?

 

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 06:42 PM

If the washer's not getting the clothes ready for the dryer, it's not going to be subtle.  The clothes should be damp.  If they are dripping or if you can wring water out of them easily, then you have a washer problem. Otherwise the problem's with the dryer. 

 

I have run into a LOT of dryers where people think the vent to the outside of the house is clear when in fact it's only about half cleared out.  If the clothes are hot and damp at the end of the drying cycle, it's almost certainly a venting problem. 



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 12:27 AM

If the washer's not getting the clothes ready for the dryer, it's not going to be subtle. The clothes should be damp. If they are dripping or if you can wring water out of them easily, then you have a washer problem. Otherwise the problem's with the dryer.

I have run into a LOT of dryers where people think the vent to the outside of the house is clear when in fact it's only about half cleared out. If the clothes are hot and damp at the end of the drying cycle, it's almost certainly a venting problem.


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 05:56 PM

So I took apart the *entire* vent (4" rigid pipe x about 20 straight feet) and cleared it out with a shopvac. I did not get every bit of residue, but probably 95%.  The clothes are dry, except heavy items like jeans will be a little moist.

 

This is a vent configuration that has worked fine for 10 years, so it's not optimal, but it's functional.  I will double check one last elbow in the dryer tubing tonight.  I will also give the Washer a sanity check.

 

I've had drain obstruction and fill valve problems with the washer in the past, which is why I was asking.

 

Thanks for the pointers,

 

Marc



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Posted Yesterday, 05:25 PM

Drain obstruction in a washer will not usually show itself as wet clothing.  It will usually show itself as bad odors, standing gray water in the machine after a cycle, or water pouring out of the standpipe onto the floor.  Or it can be all of the above. 

 

A water valve stuck in the open position can lead to wet clothes, but it's also not subtle: you'll open up the washer to do a load and there will be a bunch of clear water in the unit already. 



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Posted Yesterday, 07:35 PM

OK, so clothes coming out of the cycle were definitely not completely spun dry.  I could grab a typical dish towel and wring out a couple ounces of water fairly easily.  I ran an additional drain and spin cycle to verify that it was spinning appropriately, and it got a lot of water out of the clothes.  they were significantly drier after the extra spin.  The bath towels were much lighter and drier, etc.

 

While watching the additional spin, The machine spun at a good speed.  I did not watch the main cycle to see if there were differences.

 

So...double check the drain hose?

 

What else would lead to too-damp clothes coming out of a washer?

 

Thank you,

 

Marc 


Sorry spaced on the drain obstruction comment right above my post.  Any other thoughts?



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Posted Yesterday, 11:34 PM

Pull the pump assembly out and the hose behind it. The one that goes from the tub to the drain.  There is a white "float" ball in there. Make sure that hose is clear and there is no obstruction between the tub and the ball, like a sock. Check the hose from pump to wall.






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