How to Identify the Manufacturer of Your Kenmore Appliance

Updated on April 29, 2019
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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 appliances. The appliances are manufactured by many other companies, like Whirlpool and GE.

To figure out the manufacturer, you need only look to 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,
  • or 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.

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      HypnoWolf 

      7 weeks ago

      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.

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      Phyllis Mueller 

      7 weeks ago

      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.

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      Bill Henry 

      8 months ago

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

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      Catherine 

      12 months ago

      @cynara stites

      Your appliance was made by lg

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      Cynara Stites 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      blgJulie61 

      8 years ago

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

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      Daddy Paul 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Nice reference.

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