Laundry center articles

These laundry center articles and videos from Sears PartsDirect can help you get the most from your laundry center. Find the answers to common questions and learn tips and tricks to use a laundry center effectively. For more DIY advice, check out our laundry center repair help section for error code information, common symptoms and their causes and step-by-step repair instructions.

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Articles and videos common to all laundry centers

October 31, 2018
How to clean your appliances after a drinking water advisory.

Find out how to clean and flush household appliances once a boil water advisory is lifted.

June 5, 2018
Displaying error codes on Kenmore and Frigidaire laundry centers.

Step-by-step directions for entering the diagnostic test mode.

October 26, 2016
How to repair broken or damaged wires.

Learn how to repair broken, frayed or damaged wires in your appliances.

February 26, 2016
Are you abusing your appliances?

Take our quiz to see how well you treat your appliances. Then, find out what you can do to help them last longer.

February 5, 2016
How to pre-treat clothing stains.

Get tips on how best to pre-treat stains on clothes, including when to treat them and what kind of product to use on specific stains.

January 18, 2016
How to use a multimeter to test electrical parts.

Learn how to use a multimeter to check for wiring problems in an appliance that's not working

December 16, 2015
Using a wiring schematic to trace a current.

Find out what’s wrong with your appliance by following a circuit.

December 9, 2015
How to read a wiring schematic.

Learn how to decipher symbols so you can buy the right part for your problem.

December 2, 2015
Wiring schematic symbols explained.

Learn some of the most common symbols found in a wiring diagram and what they mean.

March 1, 2015
Laundry center common questions.

Check out the questions our experts often hear about laundry centers.

February 23, 2015
Learn where to find the model number on a kitchen or laundry appliance.

See where you should look when trying to locate the model tag on a kitchen or laundry appliance.

February 11, 2015
Common noises from a laundry center washer.

Learn about the typical noises the washer in a laundry center can make, and the reasons for the different sounds.

January 29, 2015
7 tips for cleaner clothes.

Help your washer do its job better by following these simple tips.

Symptoms common to all laundry centers

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Main causes: blocked exhaust vent, clogged lint screen, bad timer, moisture sensing problems, weak gas valve coils, bad heating element
Main causes: control system failure, broken heating element, bad gas valve coils, gas supply failure, voltage supply problem, blown fuse
Main causes: bad lid switch or lid lock, drive motor failure, broken motor coupler, bad timer, faulty electronic control board
Main causes: unbalanced load, broken suspension springs or shocks, worn snubber ring
Main causes: broken lid switch or lid lock, faulty drive motor, drain system problem, broken drive system components
Main causes: lack of water supply, failed lid switch or lid lock, bad water level pressure switch, control system failure, bad water valve
Main causes: door not fully shut, bad door switch, faulty push-to-start switch, wiring failure, bad drive motor, blown fuse, control failure
Main causes: broken dryer drive belt, weak drive motor, binding drum seals
Main causes: clogged drain system, blocked drain hose, bad drain pump

Repair guides common to all laundry centers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your laundry center.

How to replace a laundry center washer lid lock switch

If the washer fills but won’t start the agitation cycle, the lid lock switch could be defective.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
July 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a laundry center washer timer

If the washer doesn't fill, spin or drain, the timer could be the problem.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center dryer drive belt

If the dryer motor runs but the drum doesn’t turn, the drive belt is likely broken. Replace it, following the steps in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less