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Kenmore washer (44722) has various problems (spin cycle, agitate, fill)

Hi. I have a Kenmore 44722 portable washing machine that is about 2 or 3 years old. It originally had one problem but has slowly snowballed into more than one within the span of a little over a month.


1 - The original problem was that it could not go into the spin cycle. It would fill up, agitate, and drain fine. Then it would keep trying to go into the spin cycle in a continuous loop but abruptly stop with all LEDs lighting up for a second every time it fails. Very, very, very few times it would actually make it and complete normally. But in most cases, I would be left with clothes that I would need to wring by hand.


2 – Then later, I could not use warm water. Hot and cold water separately would be okay. It would try and then stop and continue in that loop. Same as before, all LEDs would light up for a second when it stops.


3 - Next, it would have troubles filling with water (hot or cold). It would start filling for a second or two and then stop and continue in that loop. All LEDs would light up for a second when it stops.


4 - And even if it did fill successfully, it would sometimes not be able to agitate so I would just have a washer full of wet clothes. It would try and stop and continue in that loop. Again, all LEDs would light up for a second when it stops. Sometimes, I can tell the agitation isn't right (noise not loud enough).


If I keep power cycling, I can usually overcome issues 3 and 4.


I have even gone through the diagnostic test and it goes through everything fine except the last part, the spin cycle. When it fails at that point, all the lights go off.


When issues 2-4 started weeks after the original problem, the diagnostic test would also start and stop abruptly with lighting all the LEDs briefly at the first test. Doesn’t happen all the time but is becoming more frequent. But the only consistent problems are issue 1 and 2.



If anyone has any advice on how I am able to fix this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Manage My Life
Well, I just wanted to chime in that my issue was indeed the control board. I received a new one in the mail today and after a quick install, it worked! Too bad I didn't find this site earlier. Thank you guys for the help!
by Manage My Life
February 5th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Thanks for the reply.
I was leaning towards the control board being the suspect but didn't want to waste money on it yet as I did already on a drain pump. Replacing that is actually easier than replacing the drain pump as I don't have to disconnect everything and put the washer on its side. Also, after playing with it yesterday I was suspecting the control board more. Having it unplugged for a while, when I plugged it back in, all LEDs stayed solid so that probably is another indicator. I'll give it a shot and report back if I have any issues still.
by Manage My Life
January 31st, 2011
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Sam A
Thank you for your question.

I can understand your frustration with the washer giving you so many issues.

It does sound like a control board issue.

Do to the complexity of diagnosis of this machine I would suggest that you have a service technician check out all the problems.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: [Sears Home Services | services.sears.com/shs/category/repair?sid=MMLxexpertxmerch].

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by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Kenmore
January 31st, 2011
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Manage My Life
I really appreciate the info, but I think it may be a different problem. The lights on my washer don't continuously blink. They just all blink for a second when it stops in the continuous loop of retrying what it was doing. Also, I have seen the Tech Sheet and I don't get any of the Fault/Error Codes listed. If I understand it right, the error code should just show up when the error happens and the machine just stops with the LEDs displaying the error code. And doing the diagnostic test for issue 1, it stops and doesn't finish at the Drain Pump and Brake Actuator (on traction) Test. It just stops and all LEDs are not lit when it tries to go into the spin cycle portion. When issues 3 and 4 happen in the diagnostic test, similar thing. It stops after trying for a second and all LEDs are not lit anymore.
by Manage My Life
January 30th, 2011
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Joseph Perez
I understand how important it is to have a good working washer in your home so that your clothes will be nice and clean. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some great information about what may be causing your problem. I hope my link is useful.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,551 community points in Kenmore
January 29th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Sorry my problem details became a big lump. I had it neatly organized when I wrote it up and didn't know all the white space would be taken out.
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January 29th, 2011
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