The Kenmore Elite HE3 is a washing machine by Kenmore.

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Washer won't start - start button

All lights work normally. No error code or anything. Door closes normally. Start button just won't push.

I've unplugged, removed laundry,

spun the inside, checked latch.

Nothing appears out of whack.

Dryer is stacked on top. Will I have

to remove it to access any repair options?

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@carl2444 what's the complete model number of your washer? That may help to find the Techsheet with the needed wiring information.


I don't know the model number because I can't open the lid or see the back

because of the stacked dryer.

It's an Elite Kenmore He3t washer. It's fairly old, around 2001-2002 issue.


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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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the breaker is on but there is no power on the front

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