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Manually Unlocking the Door Lock System 1. Unplug washer or disconnect power. 2. Remove the lower kick panel. 3. Reach up along the inside of the front and locate the bottom of the door switch/lock unit. 4. Located on the bottom of the door switch/lock unit is a tear-drop shaped tab. 5. Gently pull the tab down about a ¼" or until a click is heard. 6. The door may be opened.
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Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Jul 24, 2011


Hi

The issue seems to be with the water inlet valve that is bad and should be replaced. However, before replacing you can test it, if it tests fine then test the water level switch located next to the control board and replace the part that is bad. Also check the drain pump assembly located inside the lower assembly as if that is clogged will cause leaking. Hope this helps...please post back for further assistance.

Daniel

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Jun 21, 2011


Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
Methinks you could do with a manual- for now and probably later!
You will need to type into your search engine/web browser '(make model number) washer manual' and you should be presented with a number of sources from which you can either download for free or have to pay a nominal amount.
You could also try the manufacturer's web site direct ;-0)
If this has assisted you please consider a 4 thumbs up for the rating.
Thanks and good luck!
John C.

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Jun 21, 2011


The answer is YES but keep in mind that like all Front Load Washing machines, use less vinegar than you would a typical top load washer. If you would usually use 1/2 cup of vinegar (4oz) try using half of that.

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Apr 27, 2011


Usually, this problem is due to a clog in front of the drain pump not allowing water to drain properly.
Remove the front lower panel by removing the 3 screws along the bottom (front).
The large plastic (3") cover of the "coin-catcher" in front of the pump then needs to be removed. It is easily seen facing you when you remove the front lower panel. **WARNING** All the water from the tub will come flooding out. I like to use a shop-vac with the nozzel placed at the bottom of the cap as I unscrew it SLOWLY!!!
The coin-cathcher (lint filter) is part of the cover and you will find it loaded with years of ****.

Jeff

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Apr 27, 2011


Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
I would gently suggest as a first step that you clean the drain motor lint tray/filter. So many 'faults' are caused by blocked filters and many machines will not even go to spin or release the door lock if there is any water still left inside.
Here are my complete guidance notes for checking both the drain motor filter and the drain motor ;-0)
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If you are unsure where the filter is, it is often behind the front lower (kick) panel (or in some machines at the rear in an awkward position!) and most are held in by a round cover/knob. Sometimes the filter will not come out with the cover and you will have to persuade it to come out to play!

REMOVE POWER AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A WATER RECEPTACLE/RAGS TO SOAK UP THE WATER WHICH IS BOUND TO POUR OUT!
It's surprising what people have found in theirs! It is always worthwhile checking it on a regular basis.
Now- whilst the filter is removed it is normally possible to see the drain motor and ensure it is not jammed by a foreign object such as a needle or a toothpick. It should be able to be turned by hand/finger- the power IS OFF!
At this point it is also possible to test if the motor works. No clothes or water in the machine, select a spin cycle and put the power back on. You should be able to see the motor turning at some point, possibly straight away. If it doesn't work then the motor is malfunctioning!

Hope the filter is the problem and score accordingly ;-0)
Good luck!
John C

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Apr 08, 2011


Hi,

Problems with a washing machine not spinning or not draining are often inter related..

If you are having a problem with your top load washer then check out this tip...

Washing Machine does not Pump or Spin


If you are having problems with your front load washing machine then checkout this tip...

Front Load Washing machine not draining and or not spinning


heatman101

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Feb 19, 2011


Hi,

Normally washers sit on the floor and are drained, by a 'bent pipe', either into their own waste pipe or into a shared sink system. The higher the waste pipe is the harder the drain pump has to work to push the water out. Normally this should not be a problem as the pump should be powerful enough for the task!
So- the answer really is that it is not the washer height which matters but the waste height- and even then not much!
Hope this answers your question.

Cheers,
John C

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Feb 09, 2011


There's a lever towards the back of it push it down and you can remove the soap dispenser.

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Jan 06, 2011


Hi,

Problems with a washing machine not spinning or not draining are often inter related..

If you are having a problem with your top load washer then check out this tip...

Washing Machine does not Pump or Spin


If you are having problems with your front load washing machine then checkout this tip...

Front Load Washing machine not draining and or not spinning


heatman101

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Jan 05, 2011


It appears your timer/main controller/CCU has failed in this instance.

For replacement parts - head on over to PartSelect.com or RepairClinic.com and enter in your full model number for a full parts listing.
I recommend both sites because ...


FixYa has no affiliation with either site - I have been using and recommending them for years - trouble free.

PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.




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Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Dec 16, 2010


Hi, if your washer doesn't agitate, check these:
Lid switch Motor coupler Belts Clutch Drive motor Drive pulleys Transmission Agitator Lid switch If the lid switch is defective, the washing machine may not agitate or function at all. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.
Motor coupler Many washers produced by Whirlpool® use a small, relatively inexpensive motor coupling. It's plastic and rubber and is mounted to the shaft of the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other. Over time, the coupler wears out and fails. If this happens, you need to completely replace it.
Belts Many washing machines have one or two belts. If a belt is broken or badly worn, you need to replace it with a genuine belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts are designed with special characteristics not found in automotive belts.)
Clutch If your washer was made by GE®, it may use a clutch for agitating the clothes. As the clutch wears out, it may prevent the washer from agitating well or at all. If the clutch is worn, you need to replace it. For this job, you probably want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician.
Drive motor Many washer brands use a reversing motor. For agitation the motor runs in one direction, for spinning and draining, the other. It's possible for a motor to burn out in one direction and continue to operate in the other. If this happens, you need to replace the entire motor.
Drive pulleys The motor or transmission drive pulley may be worn and unable to turn the drive belt. If so, replace the pulley.
Transmission The transmission could have either of these problems:
Older washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially defective, the unit may not agitate properly or at all.

The transmission may have a worn or broken gear, or some other internal problem.

If you suspect a transmission problem, you may have to call a qualified appliance repair technician to repair it.
Agitator The inside of the agitator--where the transmission shaft attaches--can become worn, and strip out the spline that allows the agitator to properly grip the shaft. Then the transmission shaft rotates back and forth as it should, but the agitator doesn't move properly. If this happens, you may need to replace the agitator and/or the transmission spline. Reply

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Dec 12, 2010


Front loaders use less detergent and when there's more than the recommended amount, they tend to foam up and cause this. Another issue could be that you're using He detergent and this is a concentrated detergent. The He detergent is recommended for most front loaders and you should only use the recommended amount or foaming will occur.
The last potential issue could be related to a water softener if you have one. If you do have one and you just recharged it, it could be making the water soft-er than normal and this would cause some excess foaming. Soft water is good, but the you need to use less detergent or it will cause this foam issue
Hope this helps.

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Nov 28, 2010


do (door open) = bad door lock mechanism.

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Nov 18, 2010


Hi

Error code E70 means Cold water hose is connected to wrong faucet or Cold water faucet is not turned on. If this is not the case then check the cold water hose, whether it is kinked or plugged. If the hose is fine then the fill valve assembly has turned bad and you would need to replace the valve. Connect hose to cold water faucet and cold water inlet on washer. Be sure cold water faucet is fully opened.Hope this helps... Please post back for more information.

Daniel

Kenmore 43142... | Answered on Nov 16, 2010

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