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How to Identify the Manufacturer of Your Kenmore Appliance

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I am a retired appliance repairman with many years of experience. I am excited to share with you what I've learned over the years.

Whirlpool timer panel.

Whirlpool timer panel.

Who Makes Kenmore?

You may not know this, but Kenmore does not manufacture its own appliances. The appliances are manufactured by many other companies, like Whirlpool and GE.

To figure out the manufacturer, you need only look at the model number. The first three digits followed by a dot (###.) reveal the manufacturer.

These are the main code numbers that indicate which major companies made your Kenmore:

  • 110, 106, 562, 665, 198 = Whirlpool
  • 103 = Roper
  • 119 = Frigidaire
  • 362, 363 = GE

What Else Is Made by Whirlpool?

Surprisingly, many appliances are made by Whirlpool. Here are the main ones.

  • Kenmore
  • Roper
  • Estate
  • Kirkland
  • Kitchenaid

These washer/dryer appliances are basically interchangeable. Once you remove the timer top and case, you have essentially the same mechanics.

Here is the location of the model number on a Kenmore dryer.

Here is the location of the model number on a Kenmore dryer.

How to Locate the Model Number on a Kenmore Appliance

Model numbers may be located in several places, including:

  • On the case under the lid
  • Behind the door
  • On the back of the timer panel
  • On the front lower front panel

The number will be printed on a metal tag or metallic-looking sticker. Other numbers are on the label, but you only need the model number—both for identifying the manufacturer and ordering parts.

Appliances are identified by the model number, which indicates the appliances for a group that are all the same. The model number can usually be decoded to tell the date and place of manufacture.

This number is applied to all parts that fit this group. Some parts are good for many different model numbers. For example, drum supports for a Whirlpool dryer will fit many models of Whirlpool dryers spanning years of manufacture and even different brands, all having some of the same parts.

Here is another example of a model number tag on a Kenmore appliance.

Here is another example of a model number tag on a Kenmore appliance.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Susan on August 10, 2020:

Please, I would like to know the year of my Kenmore washer, how do I find it?

Type 111

Modèle # 110.16882501

Serial # CS2701154

Thank you!

Mark on July 29, 2020:

I cannot find a seal for the freezer door of a Kenmore Elite model 795.71049.010? It is a bottom freezer with side by side upper door model.

Cindy on May 30, 2020:

Thank you so much! This was very helpful. Stay safe!

Catherine on May 25, 2020:

Our Kenmore electric dryer model number starts with 592 ... not listed below. Who is the manufacturer? We are trying to buy compatible pedestal.

Mar on April 18, 2020:

If the number starts with just 970, then that should be a Frigidaire unit. on March 04, 2020:

I have a Kenmore Range and the first 3 digest of the of the Model are 970. Can you tell me which manufacture this was made by.

Thank you

Norma on January 02, 2020:

I had a Sears Kenmore washing machine years ago that was before the recycle craze was really in. It put the hot soapy water in a tub sink then finished the spin and rinse cycle. When I did the next load it would suck the hot water back into the machine recycling the water. I would wash a light/white load and then a dark load . Saving hot water and soap, I could use that water as many times as I wanted.

Question is Does anyone know if you can still get these machines? Where?

Diane on December 30, 2019:

I put tin foil on the bottom of the new oven

Heather on December 10, 2019:

I have a Kenmore Range and the first 3 digest of the of the Model are 970. Can you tell me which manufacture this was made by.

Thank you

Rebecca Butler on October 01, 2019:

How do i clean the pump to my furnace, the hose drains water moisture out?

HypnoWolf on May 26, 2019:

To Phyllis Mueller

All house brands are made by somebody. It’s standard practice and not misrepresentation.

As to them not using lemon law. If he is dealing with a corporate store cause a polite fuss and declare it a lemon.

If a franchise hometown store he needs call corporate. Possibly call corporate anyhow and use the term “it’s a lemon.”

Most Refrigerators are not LG. LG in my opinion is buggy.

When buying do a search to see who makes house brands first. LG only makes the high end at Sears. Hence higher price for he exchange.

It’s why I have more basic styles in my home. I have 2 kenmores but made by whirlpool.

Good luck.

Phyllis Mueller on May 26, 2019:

My brother bought what he thought was a Kenmore fridge and it stopped refrigerating. He bought the fridge from Sears. Sears said it needed a new mother board. The mother board was labeled "LG". When the Sears repair person arrived he said the fridge actually needed another set of parts which were mailed to my brother and the parts were also from LG. Sears refuses to replace the fridge and my brother has been without a fridge for almost 3 weeks. What is his recourse? And is this misrepresentation of labeling legal? Thank you for any help you may provide.

Bill Henry on November 14, 2018:

How can I tell if a refridgerator is manufactured in th USA ?

Catherine on July 01, 2018:

@cynara stites

Your appliance was made by lg

Cynara Stites on May 15, 2017:

I just found out that the model number on the receipt is different from the model number on the user's manual for myKenmore Elite Front-Loading Automatic Washer. So the real model number is 796.4147#. I can't find this number on any list of model numbers. I want to know who the manufacturer is.

This washer has major mold problems.

blgJulie61 on January 24, 2011:

Unfortunately this time a lot of parts is manufacturing in Mexico or China.

Daddy Paul from Michigan on April 15, 2010:

Nice reference.