Broken knob and broken front panel

ApplianceKenmore Washer


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers
Socket set

John From Groton, MA

Aug 17, 2007

6 out of 11 people found this instruction helpful

The problem here was originally that the cycle circuit board was bad. But to replace that, you have to remove the front panel of the machine. The board is a pretty straight-forward job, but frankly, the plastic that this machine is made of is SO brittle and fragile that it shattered (all of the little connecting tabs) when it was removed to get at the circuit board...AND the shaft for the main control know broke off.

Replacing the panel is not difficult so long as you're careful to remove it in such a way as to not spill the multitude of springs and buttons and light elements. Just go slow and be careful (and retrieve any bits that fall away) and anyone can do it.

Clearly, this is a $1000 machine that is not meant to last and/or be repaired. You can find the parts here, and you can repair it, but don't expect easy access to anything or for it not to break (at least the plastic bits) again soon. Frankly, this washer is a fragile piece of junk....thank goodness that PartSelect has the parts to keep it running.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Pin,program knob

Part Number: PS1145660

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Part Number: PS1146171

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