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Why my Kenmore Series 400 triple agitator washer won't start.

I've unplugged it and wait for some minutes and plugged it back up only the spin light comes on.

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@jayleigh7 what is your washers exact model number?


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Cause 1

User Control and Display Board

To determine if the user control and display board is defective, try pressing the buttons on the control panel. If some of the buttons work, but others do not work, the control and display board might need to be replaced. Additionally, if the display is not working, check the power to the user control and display board. If the user control and display board has power, but it isn’t working, replace it.

Cause 2


The timer is frequently misdiagnosed—before replacing the timer, first check all of the more commonly defective parts. To determine if the timer is defective, consult your washer’s wiring diagram and use a multimeter to test the timer for continuity.

Cause 3

Line Fuse

The line fuse blows if the washer circuits are overloaded. If the line fuse blows, the washer won’t start. To determine if the line fuse is at fault, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the fuse does not have continuity, replace it. In addition, you should investigate and resolve the problem that caused the fuse to blow. Check for shorted out components such as the wires, motor, or drain pump. If you don’t resolve the underlying issue, the new fuse will blow too.

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Try replacing the washer door lid switch, my whirlpool wasn't working either and I replaced the switch and it's working fine, very easy repair, got the part on eBay for less than 10 bucks and watched a you tube video.

If that is not the problem then it may be the timer.

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