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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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Buy a new one or go to the laundramat

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