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I have a Kenmore 80 series washer that is over ten years old.

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I have a Kenmore 80 series washer that is over ten years old. I have an issue with it running thru the first rinse, then the spin, then the main dial turns and it goes thru the second rinse. I have to manually stop it when it starts the first rinse, turn the dial to the second rinse and it will finish. On my machine I also have a selector switch for one or two rinses. When this problem happens, it is set to one rinse. What I need to know, is the issue the one/two rinse selector or the main dial. The model number is XXXXX
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So if I understand you correctly, the washer is always going through the 2 rinse cycles and not just 1 is that correct?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Correct, and I thought you were not online? Yes, each and EVERY time we do wash, with the setting at one rinse it will still go into a second rinse unless you stop it with the main dial, turn it to "second" rinse on the main dial, push it back in to continue and then it finishes.


OK so the problem wouldn't be with the main timer, the problem is going to be with the rinse selection switch. The rinse selection switch is the part that continues to send power to the timer for it to continue counting down if it thinks you have the 2nd rinse selected. The timer can't continue counting down without the rinse selection switch sending it power.

Below is a link to the breakdown of your washer so you can order the correct switch.

CLICK HERE for parts

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I would have replaced that awhile ago, but wasn't sure which one was the problem. So, 100% sure it is the rinse selection switch right?

So you'd have to test to be 100% sure because the timer contact could be sticking causing it to continue advancing when it should be stopping, but I've never actually seen this be the case. If you wanted to test, there is a schematic (wiring diagram) inside the control panel folded up on a piece of paper that you would need to take a picture of and upload it hear so I can tell you which wires to test, but it sounded like you weren't that familiar with testing so I'm not sure the results would be concrete evidence that either part was definitely bad anyways.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Ok, looking at the diagram provided. Could you tell me which part it is of the list on the right side of the page?

I can tell you what part number you need if you tell me how many knobs from the left of your control panel is the rinse selector switch
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Third from the left

OK perfect. So the part number you need is W10168257. And below is a link to the part.

CLICK HERE for switch

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

LOL, of course it couldn't have been the 35 dollar one!!! Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX that and i'm done. Thanks for your help again.

If you're not in a rush you can actually order it from the link below and it's only $37---they just don't have it in stock.


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

LOL, actually that was where I was going to go right after I got done with you! Thx

No problem. They also allow returns if you end up not needing the part which is why I usually suggest them if they have the part in stock.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

FYI, finally got the part on the 26th. Installed it the next day with no problem. Yesterday, wife was doing a load of wash and I watched it to see if it went into a second rinse.......IT DID!!!!! The part DIDN'T work!!!!!

hmm. Well, you'll want to return the part and order the timer for your washer then unfortunately. Below is a link to the part. Unfortunately it's much more expensive.

CLICK HERE for timer

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Not a wise decision to spend that kind of money on a ten+ year old washer, would you agree?