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Whirpool washer burning smell

Have a whirlpool washing machine model lsq9549lq and it emitting a burning smell. this happened in the summer and we had the motor replaced. The machine is only five years old and now the problem is recurring.

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I would consider getting aanother washer.if it keeps doing this the machine will cost you more than its worth. time to call a repairman in again id guess..

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