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110.20862990 Kenmore 80 Series washer wont drain, emits burning smell

brillo898

Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2022
Messages
1
Location
Ohio
Model Number
110.20862990
Brand
Sears Kenmore
Age
More than 10 years
Hello - My Kenmore 80 Series washer stopped mid cycle with the tub still completely full. When I pulled the knob back to try and induce draining the knob made a consistent clicking/ticking sound and within 30 seconds I noticed a burning smell. The burning smell did not seem to be coming from the knob, but I could be mistaken.

Context clues: I replaced the lid switch 2 months ago. Two large comforters were washed (not at the same time) prior to the time that it broke.

What I've tried: Checked drain pump - no apparent clogs and pump spins. Checked exhaust tubing coming from the drain pump - no clogs. Checked coupler - plastic pieces intact. The motor shaft spins freely. The coupler attached to the transmission side spins freely. Solenoid has no visual damage.
 

Jake

Appliance Tech - Admin
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Joined
Aug 24, 2004
Messages
135,710
Location
Vicksburg Junction, Arizona
Try taking the motor off(take pump off too), and laying it on the floor, but connected to the electrical, then turn it on in drain/spin and see if the motor starts.

You would need to bypass the lid switch can it can spin with the cabinet off, Jeff has a page that shows you how to do that here: Bypass Direct drive washer lid switch from consol plug

If the motor still does not start--->Either the motor capacitor, centrifugal mechanism in the motor is not working, or the motor switch is bad. The start winding in the motor is only meant to have power applied for the 1-2 seconds it takes to start the motor and then it is switched out of circuit by the centrifugal mechanism activating the motor switch. If it doesn't disconnect the start winding, it will burn up the capacitor and can damage the winding. You can test the switch and see if it's bad.

If the washer works ok on slow speed, then the centrifugal mechanism in the motor is working. Check continuity between the two outermost terminals of the switch. With the switch in place, it should read as a dead short. Pulling the switch away from the motor releases the switch lever arm and now the reading should be an open circuit.

If the washer works ok on slow speed, then the centrifugal mechanism in the motor is working.

--->Check continuity between the two outermost terminals of the switch. With the switch in place, it should read as a dead short(Continuity) Pulling the switch away from the motor releases the switch lever arm and now the reading should be an open circuit(NO CONTINUITY).

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Here's the motor switch for your model:
WP8529896 Motor Start Switch


Here's the motor for your model:
WP661600 Direct Drive Washer Motor


Here's the motor capacitor for your model:
WP8572717 Capacitor


For others following along: This video shows how to remove your washer cabinet to access your motor switch, motor, and capacitor:


Keep us posted.

Jake
 
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