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Who Made My Sears Kenmore Appliance

Kenmore is a popular appliance brand sold by Sears.  Sears does not manufacture any of the appliances themselves, instead they source that out and have other manufacturers make their appliances for them.  You can easily decode the model number of the appliance to tell you who made your Kenmore appliance.

The first three digits in a Kenmore model can will tell you who manufactured the appliance for Sears.  For example model number 110.45862400, the first three digits are 110 so that would tell you that Whirlpool manufactured the appliance.  Some of the more common appliance manufacturers Sears uses is Whirlpool, Frigidaire, LG, and GE. If you are looking for parts for your Kenmore appliance your can search for the model number in the search box at the top of the page.

Prefix Manufacturer Prefix Manufacturer
103 Roper 629 Jenn Air
106 Whirlpool 647 Roper
110 Whirlpool 651 Speed Queen
119 Frigidaire 664 Whirlpool
143 SFS Corp. (Sanyo/Fisher) 665 Whirlpool
144 Trane 666 KitchenAid
155 Preway 683 Philco
174 Caloric 719 Tappan (Frigidaire)
175 In-Sink-Erator 721 Goldstar (LG Electronics)
198 Whirlpool 747 Litton
233 Broan 757 Marvel, Imperial
253 Gibson (Frigidaire) 789 Defience
274 RCA 790 WCI (Frigidaire)
278 Roper 791 Tappan (Frigidaire)
292 Lennox 795 LG ( Refrigerators )
335 Amana 796 LG (Laundry)
336 Electrolux 835 Roper
342 York 840 Friedrich
362 GE 850 Whirlpool (Chambers)
363 GE 867 Keeprite
401 Samsung 879 Rheem/Ruud
416 Carrier 911 Roper
417 Kelvinator (Frigidaire) 917 Roper (Whirlpool)
464 GE 925 Maycor (Maytag)
473 Hoover 934 Hitachi
484 Fedders, Whirlpool 960 Caloric
562 Toshiba 970 Frigidaire
564 Sanyo C106. Inglis
565 Sanyo C110. Inglis
566 Sanyo C362. Camco
568 Panisonic C363. Camco
575 Sharp C646. Admiral (Inglis)
580 Goldstar (LG Electronics) C675. Woods
586 Panisonic C880. Admiral (Inglis)
587 DM (Frigidaire) C933. Kelvinator (Before 1970)
596 Amana C938. Keeprite
622 Kelvinator (Frigidaire) C970. Kelvinator (1970+)
628 Kelvinator (Frigidaire) C978. Camco

Dishwasher Not Filling With Enough Water

Posted on July 12, 2011

Most dishwashers use a water inlet valve with a electronic solenoid to allow the dishwasher to fill up with water.  The dishwasher will use either a Timer or Control board to tell the dishwasher when to fill up with water and for how long to fill up with water.  Most dishwashers do not measure how much water is filling up into the dishwasher, instead they fill up with water for a certain amount of time.  60-120 seconds is a common amount of time for a dishwasher to fill up with water, but it will vary depending on the make and model of the dishwasher.

it might only fill up with 50% or 75% of the water it was supposed to

On the inlet side of the water valve there is a screen.  The purpose of this screen is to keep
sediment out of the insides of the valve.  If any small objects get into the valve it can cause it not to work or to leak and flood your house/floor.  Over time the inlet screen on the valve will get hard water deposits and other debri stuck in the screen which clogs up water valve and causes it not to flow as well.  So now when the dishwasher calls to fill up with water for XX seconds, it might only fill up with 50% or 75% of the water it was supposed to.  Symptoms of a clogged water valve can be poor washing, surging sound from the pump, and soap not washing out of the dispenser.

When this happens I always recommend replacing the water valve.  I have seen many people try to “clean” out the screens, and by doing this the valve developed a leak and cause thousands of dollars in damage to their house.  Most water valves are pretty inexpensive ($15-$75), so I recommend to just replace the valve if you see that the screen is clogged up.

To check to see if your valve has a clogged screen, pull it off the dishwasher and look inside the inlet side of the valve.

Here is an example of a clogged screen on a water valve:

Here is a good clean screen on a water valve:

Whirlpool Appliance Age – Serial Number Decoder

Posted on July 2, 2011

In order to find the age of a Whirlpool built appliance you will need the serial number from the appliance.  Since Whirlpool manufactures appliances under many different names, this may work with some of these brand names also:

Whirlpool, Kenmore (Sears), Maytag (Newer models), Kitchen Aid, Estate, Inglis, Roper, Amana, Jenn Air, Crosley and more.

Serial Number Example:

CR3949348

1st Digit: Where the appliance was manufactured. C = Clyde, OH.

2nd Digit: Year Manufactured.  R = 2004

3rd & 4th Digit: Week the appliance was manufactured.  39 = 39th week of the year.

5th-9th Digit: Manufacture order that week

See the charts below for the year codes:

1989andolder

1990-present

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