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Loud clicking while agitating

Whirpool washer wtw5550sq0 makes loud clicking sound while agitating and also tripped the circuit breaker recently

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You may have debris stuck in the pump.
This can cause the clicking sound and also bind the pump causing a circuit overload.

Posted on Feb 21, 2009

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