How to Identify the Manufacturer of Your Kenmore Appliance
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:
These washer/dryer appliances are basically interchangeable. Once you remove the timer top and case, you have essentially the same mechanics.
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.
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