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TBova2002

10:12AM | 11/10/08
Member Since: 11/09/08
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I just purchased a new home, and the washer and dryer were included from the previous owner. I am having a problem with the washer, which is a Kenmore, model 110 82874120. When we run a full load, the washer fills with water, but wont agitate, spin, or drain. During the wash cycle, it makes a humming noise for a while, and the dial keeps turning, but nothing happens. I can smell a burning smell, but I dont know if its a belt, gear, etc. Last time this happened, I ran a half size load and the washer worked just fine.

Any ideas on where to start?

Thanks!

DanO

04:42PM | 11/10/08
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** Kenmore model 110.82874120. Washer fills with water but wont agitate, spin, or drain. I can smell a burning smell, but I dont know if it's a belt **

That model is a Whirlpool built 'direct drive' washer design (see the following link). It has no belt.

- Sears and Whirlpool Direct Drive Washer

LINK > www.the-appliance-clinic.com/SWddwash.html

All the functions not working are directly driven by the machine's motor. I would assume it is not working... for whatever reason. Possibilites could include a defective motor, the timer not powering it (ie. a defective timer), a problem in the wiring brtween the two or just something jamming it and preventing it from turning.

** I can smell a burning **

If you trace it you might find the problem.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Kenmore+Washer

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TBova2002

04:58PM | 11/10/08
Member Since: 11/09/08
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I went and bought a new Drive Coupling, thinking that it may be the problem, and since they are not returnable at appliance parts stores, I replaced the original one that was in there. $25 bucks down, and it still doesnt work. Now that I've taken it apart, I recognized the motor from somewhere, and realize that there is another motor in my garage (fun things to find when you buy a house). Needless to say, I do think that the motor is bad, it hums, I hear an audible electric crackling, and the main power cord gets very very warm.

From my experience with small DC motors, this means a bad motor, but I know nothing about AC electric motors.

If it is bad, is a motor something that can be repaired or is it better to buy a new one? And how much are they?

-Tony

DanO

09:52PM | 11/10/08
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** If it is bad, is a motor something that can be repaired? **

Not appliance motors made in the last 20-years. They're either welded or glued together and can not be repaired.

** is it better to buy a new one? **

That's the only way if needed I'm afraid.

- Kenmore 110.82874120 Washer Motor

LINK > www.appliance411.com/data.php?ap=AP2905451

JFYI

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Kenmore+Washer

The Appliance Information Site

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TBova2002

01:44PM | 11/11/08
Member Since: 11/09/08
3 lifetime posts
Is there a way to test the motor or be sure that it is faulty? I saw the capacitor for my model is mounted behind the controls, is this something that could break too? Everything else seemed good as far as wiring went.

-Tony

DanO

05:53PM | 11/11/08
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** Is there a way to test the motor or be sure that it is faulty? **

Using the machine's wiring diagram it might be possible to ensure the motor is being powered properly for the function it should be performing. If it was but still not working, a motor defect would likely be indicated.

** is [the capacitor] something that could break too? **

It could although it is not a very common failure.

- How to Check a Start Capacitor

LINK > http://www.wikihow.com/Check-a-Start-Capacitor

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Kenmore+Washer

The Appliance Information Site

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