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Humming sound and buring electrical smell

Our 9 year old Kenmore washer stopped working this weekend. It was making a humming/buzzing sound...and it smelled like something electrical was burning. I took it apart...and nothing obvious is wrong...no burnt components, etc.

My next step is to pull apart the motor...at least I think that's my next step...any ideas?

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Yes yes yes .you are absolutely right.its the coils in the motor burning.the motor needs replacement. Often the start relay for the motor sticks and makes the motor get too hot. This can cause the motor to over-heat and shut off on the built in safety sensor inside the motor. You may need to use a amp probe to test the motor properly, check model plate for proper amps.  If this is let go too long the motor windings can also be damaged ( they may look black instead of a nice copper color). The wires on the relay are also bad for burning off the wire terminals.   The wires at the motor should be checked to make sure they have not burned off or you can test the motor continuity with an ohm meter. See two newmotor wiring pictures.....here...and...here. The relay wires often burn off as well.

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