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angelaress

06:02PM | 12/29/04
Member Since: 12/28/04
4 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
My Kenmore 417.41042000 is about 3-4 years old. It started buzzing and the door light switch started flickering in mid cycle. Wiggling the door did not help. Hitting the machine to the right of the door helped slightly to get it going again. I removed the door lock switch and found that a set of terminals were not lined up well. I adjusted those and put everything back together. The washer ran just fine for about 3 more loads then crapped out again, completely this time - no amount of hitting helped. I replaced the door lock switch with a new one and that did nothing to help. It just buzzes and the the door light barely flickers when I turn on the machine. Please help!!

appliguy

02:17AM | 12/30/04
Member Since: 07/23/04
491 lifetime posts
Hi,

417.######## is a Frigidaire built Kenmore.

Haven't seen this myself but the dispensor has a reed switch that controls the light and door lock as well....failing that the main on and off switch inside the timer may be bad.

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=153&N=407225

Magnet, dispenser drawer

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=153&N=890068

Reed switch assembly

Might be a good idea to check them.

Power cord and outlet are not loose?

**I replaced the door lock switch with a new one and that did nothing to help. It just buzzes and the the door light barely flickers when I turn on the machine**

Have -heard- about the door hinges being bent and the door lock/latch cannot close properly.

This might help?!....

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=153&N=659075

Frigidaire front load washer manual Service manual.

jeff.

Appliance Repair Aid

http://www.applianceaid.com/

angelaress

11:32AM | 12/30/04
Member Since: 12/28/04
4 lifetime posts
I tested the reed switch and the magnet and they are fine. When I had the machine on to test I again hit the front of the machine to the right of the door and that got it working again temporarily. The only thing that is near where I hit it is the door lock switch. Is it possible I got a defective replacement part as well or could it be the connecting wires? Any ideas as to how to check the plugs without undoing all the wiring? Any other suggestions would be great also. Oh, I checked the door hinge as well and it is also fine.

appliguy

02:14PM | 12/30/04
Member Since: 07/23/04
491 lifetime posts
** Is it possible I got a defective replacement part**

Doesn't happen often, but can happen :(

**or could it be the connecting wires?**

Didn't the new switch come with some new wires? Something loose may be possible!

**Any ideas as to how to check the plugs without undoing all the wiring?**

Nope. Usually need to remove the wires and and the switch can be ohmed for continuity....or possible bypassed for testing, consult the wire diagram that came with the washer.

http://tinyurl.com/44v55

jeff.

Appliance Repair Aid

http://www.applianceaid.com/

angelaress

06:29AM | 01/22/05
Member Since: 12/28/04
4 lifetime posts
I had a repairman come out as I could not fix it myself. After three weeks and another new part the technician got ahold of the manufacturer and was told that they are aware of this problem, but at this time there is NO fix for it. I've sent a letter to ***** to see if they are willing to do anything. I find it hard to believe that a washer that still looks new is ready for the rubbish pile. I'll update after I get a response. Thanks for all your help anyway appliguy Jeff.

appliguy

09:31AM | 01/22/05
Member Since: 07/23/04
491 lifetime posts
Thankx for the update!! :)

jeff.

Appliance Repair Aid

http://www.applianceaid.com/

angelaress

05:14PM | 02/06/05
Member Since: 12/28/04
4 lifetime posts
After contacting the store to get the problem resolved I scheduled one of their guys to come out - should have done that after not finding the problem myself, but wanted to save some $$. Anyway, he got it "fixed" in about 20 minutes. After checking everything on the washer and finding nothing wrong he used an extension cord to plug it in another outlet. Yep, my outlet wasn't working right - it had power, but shorted out when used. Had an electrician come out and found it had a bad grounding wire at the breaker box. Washer works fine again. Now I don't know if there was any truth in what the first appliance repairman told me or if that was just a story created when he ran out of ideas on how to "fix" my washer. Anyway, I'm happy to have my washer working again and hope this helps if anyone else ever has this problem.

wegngis

09:59PM | 05/22/05
Member Since: 05/22/05
5 lifetime posts
Same thing is happening to my 417.43142200, so I'm wondering if during your 'broken time' you were able to get the washer to fill with water, drain, etc. Mine is doing the same thing to a "T" and I'm going to try the extension cord thing now....
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