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    Damn washing machine

    Fills, agitates for 10 seconds, shuts off for 5 minutes, then agitates for 10 seconds.
    Repeat.

    Any ideas?

    I've read a dozen pagres like this: http://www.partselect.com/Repair/Washer/Not-Agitating/ but it's not that it never agitates, just the intermittence that is an issue.

    Also ones like: http://www.fixya.com/support/t457363..._seconds_shuts so I'be checking that tomorrow.

    What a pain in the ass.

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    Have you tried different loads to see if its shutting off cuz its unbalanced? Could also be the lid switch maybe. What washer?

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    Yeah, tried that. It's like it thinks it's unbalanced but it's not.

    Older Kenmore, I'll be looking at the model soon here.

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    Kenmore 11092583110

    Tried bypassing the lid switch, but no difference.
    Will check the timer connections next, just seems that if it was the timer that would affect all cycles and not just this one.

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    Tried several things.
    No time or interest in pulling the motor to replace bearings or float switches.

    Just bought a Kenmore 41262 4.5 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer for $507 delivered, w/ tax and $25 pick-up fee included.

    Not bad, most places are selling them for $600-$700

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    Nice... Front-loaders are supposed to wash better (using gravity to turn clothes), as long as the drum seal holds the water in

    My wife insists on a top-loader :/ Using a newer Samsung, it holds a lot, but I'm not impressed, too many plastics and electronics, not as sturdy like the old units.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    Nice... Front-loaders are supposed to wash better (using gravity to turn clothes), as long as the drum seal holds the water in

    My wife insists on a top-loader :/ Using a newer Samsung, it holds a lot, but I'm not impressed, too many plastics and electronics, not as sturdy like the old units.
    We replaced an old maytag front loader with a top loader samsung a year ago. Its been solid but ya front loaders are better, use less water.

    Good deal Humby, thats basically the situation I was in last year, good price. Make sure you fill out any registration for the warranty thats required.

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    We hate our Samsung front loader. We have to leave the door open, otherwise it will have a moldy/mildew smell in it. We've tried tons of things to get rid of the smell. It definitely uses less water, but after 3 years with this one I'm not sure we will ever go back to a front load washer.
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    You only have to leave the door open for a little while and then you can shut it. If its got a smell just run it without a load of wash in there and put some vinegar in it.

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    I've noticed that with every washer I've ever used.

    Like Yard said, just leave it open for a while, or overnight, then shut it the next day.

    Maybe bleach your whites occasionally.

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    Yeah, if you keep it closed while wet, the rubber parts may develop a smell even with top loaders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    Make sure you fill out any registration for the warranty thats required.
    Thanks for the reminder.

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    on a side note, a reminder to everyone to check your dryer vent for lint buildup.

    my dryer was taking 2-3 times as long to fully dry full loads this week ,today i had time to check it out and there was a ton of lint in the flexible hose that connects the dryer to the wall outlet thingamajig.

    it had been a few years since i checked i guess

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    Good point.

    I'm good at cleaning the dryer outlet flap, not so good at the hose itself.
    Should just replace it, hard to get those valleys clean.

    Thanks for the reminder.

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    It doesn't have to be spotless, is all about it being able to move larger volumes of air, replacing or cleaning is up to you I guess When there is some damp lint sticking to the walls it tends to buildup faster though. In my experience, vent issues are usually further away from the machine, especially with long or vertical vents that go through the roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    It doesn't have to be spotless, is all about it being able to move larger volumes of air, replacing or cleaning is up to you I guess When there is some damp lint sticking to the walls it tends to buildup faster though. In my experience, vent issues are usually further away from the machine, especially with long or vertical vents that go through the roof.
    Mine just goes through some curves and straight through the wall to an outside vent.
    Still on my list, that hose is over 20 years-old.

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    I agree with replacing the duct, costs like 15-20 bucks, easy to connect.

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