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Fisher Paykel washer GWL15


Model # GWL15

purchased 12/07 at Lowes

problem...clothes streaked with gray dirt after washing...not all clothes (10-40% of the load is streaked depending on what I don't know). Not every load is effected. Gray dirt does not scrap off, but it comes off if I rewash the clothes...completely defeating the entire purpose of doing laundry in the first place!

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I have noticed this same problem and wonder if it because my FP washer wasn't draining properly and dirty water couldn't get out. See my post on "eco smart won't drain, smells hot". I found one of my husband's socks when I removed the black motor/white plastic housing on bottom of washer. tip washer back and you'll see this electric motor. My post tells how to remove it. then you can look into that small space and see if there is something plugging it.

I am waiting on my replacemt motor, and hoping all the dirty streaks are gone. the water I drained out after i removed the sock was really grimy and gritty with dirt. I'm sure the sock has been holding a lot of junk in the bottom of the tub and it would end up on clothes during spin cycle. My issue has been going on for a few weeks and then the motor finally smoked which led to the sock discovery!

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