How to Calibrate a Washer after a Repair Video

 

If you own a Kenmore or Whirlpool top-load washer with a vertical modular drive system*, you have to calibrate the washer’s electronic control board if you replace any of these parts:
 

  • Electronic control board
  • Drive motor
  • Motor capacitor
  • Tub suspension springs

If you don’t calibrate the washer, the washer might not fill with the right amount of water for the load, or the washer might have frequently unbalanced loads.

 

*Your Whirlpool or Kenmore washing machine has a vertical modular drive system if it was made in 2010 or later, has a control dial for setting the wash load and stays locked whenever the washer is running. The end of this article has a list of models that have to be calibrated after one of these repairs.

How to calibrate a VMW

With the washer shut off, the basket empty (no water or clothes) and the lid closed, enter the diagnostic mode:

  1. Turn the control dial 1 complete rotation counterclockwise.

  2. Quickly (within about 6 seconds) turn the control dial 3 clicks clockwise, one click counterclockwise, and one more click clockwise.

    All the status lights blink green when you successfully activate the diagnostic mode. If the status lights don’t blink, turn the control dial one complete rotation counter-clockwise to reset the control and then repeat steps 1 and 2, this time turning the knob faster during step 2.

  3. Turn the control dial 4 clicks clockwise.

  4. When the Rinse light turns on, press Start to begin the calibration cycle

The calibration cycle runs for 2 to 3 minutes. When the calibration cycle ends, the lid unlocks, and the washer shuts off.

 

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