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Burning smell and smoke

I have a Maytag HAV2357AWW when my clothes went into spin cycle it begin smoke and there was a burning smell. I notice this after trying to fix the off balance problem I was having with the load.

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  • bal_sharma18 Feb 17, 2009

    our machine does"nt rinse or spin we have changed the belt
    and no cold water comes either
    please let me know what I can do thank you




  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    The washing machine just stopped and I went in to check on it and smoke came out of the tub - could it the the motor and how expensive is the motor?

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Sounds like the belt has burnt off. You can check this by tilting the machine back and looking under it. Sometimes the belt gets hard and just starts to slip, then it will smoke and burn off. If this is the case, Just replace the belt and this will fix it.

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

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