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Maytag washing machine A490

The washer filled up with water and when it was time to start agitating the motor just hummed and gave off a burning electrical odor. This machine is 15 yrs. old and I was guessing motor or motor starter problem. Could there be anything else wrong?

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  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2008

    After the wash cycle there was a whining sound and it wasn't spinning while draining when I lifted the lid. Plus there was a burning smell.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    machine will not agitate and motor hums with a burning smell.

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Buy a new one or go to the laundramat

Posted on May 29, 2008

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