DIY laundry center repair

Laundry centers are a space-saving invention that combines a washer and dryer in one unit, with the dryer stacked above the washer. The laundry center's compact size makes it a great option for small living spaces. And because the two components are permanently joined, a laundry center is often more stable than stacking a dryer and front-load washer and joining them with brackets. If you're having a problem with your laundry center—maybe your washer won't start, spin or drain or your dryer won't work—our troubleshooting guidance can help you narrow down the cause.

Use our laundry center error code charts to help you find the cause of a problem if the control displays a code or flashes its lights in a repeating pattern. Once you figure out what's wrong, our laundry center repair guides give you step-by-step instructions for replacing a part. For answers to common questions and other laundry center tips, see our articles and videos page.

To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your laundry center, search for your model number.

Laundry Centers
Symptoms common to all laundry centers

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

If the motor doesn’t run, you can replace it in less than an hour.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
Articles and videos common to all laundry centers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your laundry center.

October 31, 2018
Cleaning your appliances after a drinking water advisory
By Julie Riebe

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

February 5, 2016
How to pre-treat clothing stains
By Sears PartsDirect staff

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.

February 11, 2015
Common noises from a laundry center washer
By Sears PartsDirect staff

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