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  1. #1
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    Default Whirlpool Washer nightmare...

    Whirlpool Stacked "Thin Twin" Washer/Dryer - Model # LTE5243DQ6 - 24 inch - Electric - 6 years old - no problems with anything until now

    About a week ago the washer was not advancing cycles so I figured it was the Washer Timer and ordered the replacement part.

    Installed the new Timer this morning and filled washer. Washer agitator started on "fast" agitation, and then after a few minutes, the agitator slowed to the usual "regular" speed. So far, so good...

    After 2-3 seconds, the usual "regular" agitation stopped, and this strange "hum" was heard. I shut off the machine, it sounded like the machine locked up and there was this burnt smell, like melting rubber or plastic???

    Okay, so I tried to use the control knob to put it at a drain cycle - it started to drain but after 2-3 seconds, it all locked up again and I heard that "hum" again and that burnt smell came back - a bit stronger than before.

    Before I could shut off the machine, it seemed to shut itself off, making a soft click sound and then the main breaker popped in the house. I had to reset it. Must have been some kind of safety feature?

    I unplugged the machine and opened a cold beer...

    After removing the front panel, I first checked the pump to see if one of my 2 year old's socks may have slipped through and was clogging up the works - no sock - no clog or obstruction of any kind - it seemed okay...

    The black "fan blades" inside the water pump moved freely in either direction with the use of a regular screw driver pushing gently downwards through the plastic tubing / housing.

    Next was the Motor, which did not seem to be locked up, I could spin it freely and it seemed in good order. Unplugged the wire harness.

    Next was checking the Coupler, which seemed in great shape, no cracks or other abnormalities. No sign of melting or other deformity.

    After giving everything else a decent look-over and spot cleaning, I put it all back together and plugged it in and guess what?

    Nothing works, just that "hum" again and that burnt smell came back as well. I am all out of ideas...

    I am located approx 45 minutes north of Chicago, IL - I am in need of a good local repair man who can come by this weekend and troubleshoot this mess - so I can order the replacement parts - which will arrive in a week...

    Just in time so I can spend my New Year's Eve replacing parts on my washing machine! LOL

    Merry Christmas to all!

    FYI: I am having no problems with the dryer.

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    Hi,

    Before I could shut off the machine, it seemed to shut itself off, making a soft click sound and then the main breaker popped in the house. I had to reset it. Must have been some kind of safety feature?
    Certainly sounds like the safety switch ( that soft click ) in the motor shut the motor down.

    About a week ago the washer was not advancing cycles so I figured it was the Washer Timer and ordered the replacement part.
    What part# did you get, I looked up this by your model#.

    Whirlpool Washer nightmare...-timer-3952499-00823093-jpg Timer, Control Automatic Washer

    Nothing works, just that "hum" again and that burnt smell came back as well. I am all out of ideas...
    Drop the motor and pump away from the drive assembly, lets see if the motor will run moved/dropped away from the tranny and drive assembly.
    Possible bad motor, possible something is locking up in the tranny/drive assembly, possible something is getting lodged into the pump.

    jeff.
    http://www.applianceaid.com/
    Appliance Repair Aid

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