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.

Laundry Centers

Articles and videos common to all laundry centers

August 30, 2022
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Learn about all the convenient features on our Sears PartsDirect website that make your parts purchases easier.

August 19, 2022
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Find out how to stay safe when repairing your appliances.

August 5, 2022
Image article introducing the Sears Technical Institute.

Learn about Sears Technical Institute and the advanced technical content being developed for aspiring appliance techs.

June 29, 2022
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Get answers to frequently asked questions about Sears and Sears PartsDirect.

August 18, 2021
Using a wiring schematic to trace a current.

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

August 18, 2021
Wiring schematic symbols explained.

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

August 17, 2021
How to read a wiring schematic.

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

June 8, 2020
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.

April 10, 2020
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.

March 23, 2018
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.

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

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

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

March 1, 2015
Laundry center common questions.

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

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

Choose a symptom to see related laundry center repairs.

Main causes: unbalanced load, broken suspension springs or shocks, worn snubber ring
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: blocked exhaust vent, clogged lint screen, bad timer, moisture sensing problems, weak gas valve coils, bad heating element
Main causes: broken dryer drive belt, weak drive motor, binding drum seals
Main causes: clogged drain system, blocked drain hose, bad drain pump
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: bad lid switch or lid lock, drive motor failure, broken motor coupler, bad timer, faulty electronic control board
Main causes: control system failure, broken heating element, bad gas valve coils, gas supply failure, voltage supply problem, blown fuse

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.

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
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center washer snubber ring

If the washer tub bangs the cabinet during the spin cycle even though the load is balanced, you might need to replace the snubber ring in the base of the washer.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center dryer door switch

The dryer won’t start if the door switch is defective. Your can replace it in about 15 minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less