Kenmore Electronic three-speed automatic washers Owner's Manual And Installation Instructions

Electronic three-speed automatic washers
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Read and follow all safety
and operating
before first use of this product.
Your washer may look different
from the washer shown.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman
Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.
PART NO. 3950148
Rev. A



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  • Page 1 Owner's Manual and Installation Instructions Electronic T'hree-Speed AUTOMATIC WASHERS IMPORTANT: Your washer may look different from the washer shown. Read and follow all safety and operating instructions before first use of this product. Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A. PART NO.
  • Page 2: Installation

    AGREEMENT Please read this manual. It will help Use the space below to record the model you install and operate your new number and serial number of your new Kenmore washer in the safest and Kenmore Washer. most economical way.
  • Page 3: Warranty

    LIMITED 10-YEAR WARRANTY FULl_ 1-YEAR WARRANTY ON PLASTIC ON MECHANICAL ELECTRICAL PARTS After one year and until ten years from date of purchase, Sears will furnish a For one year from the date of purchase, replacement plastic tub for any plastic when the washer is installed and operated tub which is defective in material or work- in accordance...
  • Page 4 YOUR SAFETY IS IMPORTANTTO WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire, washing machine, turn on all hot water faucets and let the water flow from each electric shock, or injury to persons for several minutes. This will release any when using your washer, follow basic accumulated hydrogen gas.
  • Page 5 INSTALLATION OVERVIEW For a complete list of tools and parts needed, see pages 6-8. A. SELECT LOCATION FOR YOUR WASHER (pgs. 10-12) Recessed Area/ Laundry Tub Drain System (p. 11) Closet Installation Instructions (p. 10) 39" Standpipe Drain System (p. 12) Floor Drain System (p.
  • Page 6 B. REMOVE SHIPPING STRAP (p. 13) Tools Needed: Scissors Flashlight (optional depending on installation) C. CONNECT DRAIN HOSE (pgs. 14-15) TWIST PUSH Tools Needed: Parts Needed: Pliers that open inches to 19/16 1 silver, double-wire 1 yellow, single-wire Flashlight (optional hose clamp (bottom hose clamp (top of depending...
  • Page 7: Secure Drain Hose

    D. CONNECT INLET HOSES TO WATER FAUCETS (pgs. 15-16) Parts Needed: Toolls Needed: Pliers that open to 1%6 inches 2 flat water inlet hose washers Oucke, Flashlight (optional (optional depending depending installation) installation) E. SECURE DRAIN HOSE (p. 17) Tools Needed: Parts Needed: Shipping strap with fastener Flashlight...
  • Page 8: Level Washer

    F. LEVEL WASHER (p. 18) Tools Needed: Parts Needed: 9/16-Inch open-end wrench 2 front leveling legs with nuts Flashlight (optional Wood block depending on installation)
  • Page 9 Selecting the proper location for your washer will improve its performance and minimize concerns like washer walk or noise. ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS 120-Volt, 60-Hz., AC-only, 15- or WARNING: Improper connection of 20-ampere fused electrical supply is the equipment grounding conductor result in a risk of electric shock.
  • Page 10 A. SELECT LOCATION FOR YOUR WASHER RECESSED AREA/ CLOSET INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS -]-his washer may be installed in a recessed area or closet. olo / 3" 48 sq. in. minimum ventilation area 24sq. in. minimum- ventilation 3" area "1"_ J-<----27"---)_<F--*I" FrontView Side View Front View (DoorNotShown)
  • Page 11 LAUNDRY DRAIN SYSTEM Check location where washer will be Do not store or operate washer at or below 32°F (some water may remain in installed. This washer can be installed washer). See page 40 for Winterizing using one of three systems: Information.
  • Page 12 ALTERNATE LOCATIONS- STANDPIPE AND FLOOR DRAIN SYSTEMS Siphon break: Must be purchased separately. See chart below. ,gll Standpipe drain system: Needs a two-inch Floor drain system: Requires a siphon minimum diameter standpipe with minimum break, see chart below. A minimum carry- carry-away capacity of 17 gallons per minute.
  • Page 13 B. REMOVE SHIPPING STRAP STEP 3. Pull firmly to remove the other end of the shipping strap pinned to the back of washer. This will Removing the shipping strap is release the rear self-leveling legs. necessary for smooth operation. If the shipping strap is not removed, the washer will make excessive...
  • Page 14 C,. CONNECT DRAIN HOSE Proper connection of the drain hose will protect your floors from damage due to water leakage. STEP 1. To prevent the drain hose from coming off or leaking, it must be installed per the following instructions: IIvIPORTANT: To ensure proper installa- tion, this procedure...
  • Page 15 For standpipe or laundry tub drain D. CONNECT INLET HOSES systems: TO WATER FAUCETS STEP 2. Open yellow, single-wire clamp with pliers and slide over hooked end of drain hose to secure the rubber and corrugated sections together. Proper connection of your inlet hoses will allow hot and cold water to enter...
  • Page 16 STEP 3. Insert one new, fiat washer STEP 2. Remove water inlet hoses (from the parts bag) into each end of from washer by pulling upward with a the inlet hoses. Check that washers hand-over-hand motion. Do not unscrew the hoses from their connections. are firmly seated in couplings.
  • Page 17 E. SECURE DRAIN HOSE Securing the drain hose properly will protect your floors from damage to water leakage. STEP 1. Move washer to its final If the water faucets and drain standpipe location. are recessed, put hooked end of drain hose in standpipe.
  • Page 18 F. LEVEL WASHER Leveling your washer properly pre- vents excessive noise and vibration. To install front legs: STEP 5. Move washer to its final location. STEP 1. Prop front of washer up (about 4 inches). Use a wood block or another STEP 6.
  • Page 19: Final Steps

    It will help assure you that you have a proper installation and increase your satisfaction with your Kenmore washer. [] Check that: [] Check electrical requirements. Be sure you have correct electrical • The washer is level. supply and recommended grounding •...
  • Page 20 STEP 2. (OPTIONAL STEP) If desired, add measured liquid chlorine bleach to the liquid bleach dispenser (see pages 34-35). To get the maximum cleaning and STEP 3. (OPTIONAL STEP) If desired, fabric care from your washer, please add measured liquid fabric softener to read and follow these instructions.
  • Page 21 STEP 8. Press START _. The wash CHANGING CYCLES/OPTIONS cycle will begin. The indicator light for The cycles and options selected AGITATE TIME will turn off and the total be changed any time before START is cycle time will be displayed in the TIME pressed.
  • Page 22 light will glow and the recommended settings (chart below) will be displayed. NOTE: Once you select PRESET This page describes the two ways MEMORY, any changes made to you can operate your washer. One the recommended settings will not way is to use the PRESET MEMORY.
  • Page 23 CHOOSING YOUR CYCLES DELICATE Use this cycle to get between 4 and (Cycle Selection Pads) 8 minutes of slow speed agitation for Use this control to choose the right delicate fabrics and bulky knits that wash cycle for the type of fabrics you wrinkle easily.
  • Page 24 CHOOSING YOUR CYCLES To automatically follow PREWASH or SOAK with a main wash cycle: (Continued) NOTE: These steps must be followed PREWASH in the order listed. Use this cycle to get from 3 to 6 minutes STEP 1. Add detergent to washer basket of agitation to help remove heavy soils for the PREWASH or SOAK Cycle.
  • Page 25 CHOOSING YOUR CYCLES STEP 4. Select WARM RINSE, WRINKLE GUARD and/or SECOND (Continued) RINSE Options (if desired). RINSE AND SPIN STEP 5. Press START. The wash cycle Use this cycle to get a deep rinse with will begin. agitation followed by a drain and spin.
  • Page 26: Time Remaining

    SET WATER LEVEL CONTROL TIME REMAINING These pads allow you to increase or decrease the agitation time for any wash cycle. Minimum and maximum agitation times vary depending on the cycle This control gives you the flexibility selected (see pages 23-25). to save water when washing small loads.
  • Page 27 SET TEMPERATURE CONTROL WARM RINSE OPTION Your washer lets you select a wash and Selecting this option rinse water temperature setting based changes the preset cold rinse to warrn rinse unless on the type of load you are washing. a hot wash is selected. •...
  • Page 28 AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE ADJUSTABLE CYCLIE SIGNAL CONTROL (ATC) A tone will sound at the end of the wash cycle. The sound level of this tone can be adjusted from loud to off by pressing MORE or LI-SS under the CYCLE SIGNAL displ_Ly. The tone you will hear ATC takes away the worry at the end of the cycle will sound as the of undissolved...
  • Page 29 CHOOSING OPTIONS WARM RINSE For more information on WARM RINSE, see page 27. WRINKLE GUARD SECOND RINSE Selecting WRINKLE GUARD changes Selecting this option providies a the final spin in any cycle to a shorter second deep rinse with 'the same time and/or a lower speed to reduce water temperature as selected...
  • Page 30 OPERATING CONTROLS STEP 5. i--or a longer delay time, pres= MORE below the TIME REMAINING START display window. The time will increase Press START to start your washer after in one ho,Jr steps up to nine hours. a cycle has been selected. Be sure all STEP 6.
  • Page 31 INDICATOR LIGHTS SELF-CLEANING LINT FILTER CYCLE LIGHTS Located above each pad under CYCLES, these lights show the cycle Lint is filtered from the load you have selected. automatically- there's no messy cleanup. MEMORY LIGHTS These lights show if the washer is oper- Your washer features a self-cleaning ating in CUSTOM MEMORY or PRESET...
  • Page 32 Your new washer may make sounds that your old one didn't. Because the sounds are unfamiliar, you may be Kenmore's exclusive TRIPLE ACTION" concernec' about them. Agitator gives you the most flexible fabric care for even your largest loads. The following describes...
  • Page 33 USING YOUR USING THE DETERGENT TRIPLE DISPENSER DISPENSER This dispenser will automatically dispense either liquid cr dry detergents. It holds and automatically dispenses the detergent The triple dispenser makes your at the beginning of the main wash cycle. washer truly automatic by making Warm water is used for dispensing regard- it unnecessary...
  • Page 34: Using The Liquid Chlorine Bleach Dispenser

    USING THE LIQUID CHLORINE If using Powdered Detergent: BLEACH DISPENSER • Remove the Liquid Detergent Cup or the Flow Diverter. Powdered detergent can clog these parts. Add detergent directly to dispenser. Automatically dispenses bleach at If using Liquid Detergent: the proper time in the cycle to ensur °...
  • Page 35 • Do not let bleach splash, drip, or run USING THE! LIQUID FABRIC down into washer basket. Undiluted SOFTENER DISPENSER bleach will damage any fabric it touches. After loading the washer, measure and • Start the washer. Bleach will be add the recommended amount of fabric dispensed...
  • Page 36 UNDERSTANDING WHAT HAPPENS IN EACH CYCLE PERMANENT PRESS PREWASH ALL OTHER CYCLES Fill to Fill to Fill to selected level selected level selected selected time selected time Wash Wash Wash selected til Partial Drain .- Drain no spin Drain - no spin Pause Spin...
  • Page 37: Preparing Clothes For Washing

    PREPARING CLOTHES SORTING FOR WASHING • Separate heavily soiled items from lightly soiled ones, even if they would qormally be washed together. Separ_Lte lint giw_rs (towels, chenille) from lint takers (corduroy, synthetics, Follow these recommendations permar, ent press). When possible, to help you prolong the life of turn lint givers inside out.
  • Page 38: Loading Suggestions

    LOADING Proper loading of your washer con- tributes to proper cleaning and fabric care and reduces machine noise. LOADING SUGGESTIONS • Drop items into washer loosely. Fill to the top of the basket (top row of For these suggested full-sized loads, holes).
  • Page 39: Cleaning Your Washer

    CLEANING YOUR WASHER Changing the Fluorescent Light'Bulb: Proper care of your washer can extend STEP 1. Unplug the washer power its life. This section explains how to care supply oord from the electrical supply. for your washer properly and safely. STEP 2.
  • Page 40 WINTER STORAGE NON-LISE OR VACATION CARE OR MOVING CARE Operate your washer only when you Install and store your washer where are at home. If you will be on vacatio= it will not freeze. Because some water not using your washer for an extende may stay in the hoses, freezing can period cf time, you should: damage...
  • Page 41 Most laundering problems are easily and washer problems. If you need solved if you understand the cause. further assistance, see page 48. Check these lists for common laundry Problem Possible Cause Solution Message Codes "LF" Inlet hoses are kinked or Straighten inlet hoses.
  • Page 42 Problem Possible Cause Solution Won't Drain/ Drain hose is kinked or Straighten or unplug hose Won't Spin/ clogged, (see "INSTALLATION_' Section C), Wet Loads Correct operation of After a wash or rinse, the washer v neutral drain, drain without spinning. After drainir the spinning begins.
  • Page 43: Start Pad

    Problem Possible Cause Solution Won't Fill/ Water inlet valve Clean screens. Won't Rinse/ screens are plugged. Won't Agitate/ Water is turned off. Turn on water. Wrong Temperature Hot and cold hoses are Reverse hoses reversed. (see "INSTALLATION;' Section D). Inlet hose is kinked. Straighten hoses.
  • Page 44 Problem Possible Cause Solution Lint on Load Improper sorting. Sorl lint givers from lint takers a_ndby color. Overloading. Lint ;an be trapped in load if overloaded.Wash smaller loads. Paper or tissue in pockets. Clean out pockets before washing. Not enough detergent. Use enough detergent to hold lint in water.
  • Page 45 Problem Possible Cause Solution Load is Not removing load promptly. Unload the washer as soon as it st( Wrinkled Wrong cycle for fabrics Use cold rinses and cycles with slo\ being washed, sl:in speeds to reduce wrinkling. Overloading. Loads should move freely during wash.
  • Page 46 "We Service What We Sell;' Maintenance Agreement offers an Sears Maintenance Agreement annual preventative maintenance Maintain the value of your Kenmore checkup at your request! Washer with a Sears Maintenance Agreement. Kenmore washers are designed, manufactured, and tested For more information, call 1-800-827-6655.
  • Page 48 For the repair or replacement parts you need delivered directly to your home Call 7 am - 7 pm, 7 days a week 1-800-366-PART (1-800-366-7278) For in-home major brand repair service Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 1-800-4-REPAIR (1-800-473-7247) For the location of a Sears Parts and...