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Wierd smell from washer

Smells electrical not sure if it could be the belt making this smell, machine still working but stops on rinse cycle then we skip to spin cycle and let it finish.

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Re: Wierd smell from washer

If the machine will run in wash but not in rinse then I would check the motor first. If the motor is getting too hot toward the end of the wash cycle it may very well have a fault in the foward windings. When in the spin mode the motor is reversed so may continue to operate.

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