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Whirlpool top loading washing machine (maybe 5 years old)has 2 problems 1) in regular load wash it fills with water, agitates but when it gets to the part where it has to drain, it may start to spin and drain (sometimes I have to push down on the door latch button that tells the machine the lid is closed to get it to advance with the spin & rinse part) but then (Only in regular cycle mode) the machine starts to make a funny (mooing sort of) sound and blows the breaker shutting off all power in the house. Ummm...seriously. so the 2nd problem is that I have to push the button down to get the cycles to advance in delicate cycle (in delicate it doesn't blow the fuse!) Any and all suggestions would be awesome! Thank you!

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  • meshad711 May 07, 2010

    Thank you very much! I appreciate your honest assesment and advise. I thought the motor may have been zapped and that that was throwing the power but wanted an expert opinion. Now I've got one. Looks like a new washing machine in my future :)
    Thank you again for your time.
    Mesha

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Thank you for the detailed symptoms! They are explained well enough for me to give you a diagnosis that I am 95% sure of.

You are correct, you have 2 separate problems.

#1 Lid switch, part number 3949238, the lid switch sounds like it has too much play in it, this can happen internally or the outer case of it can crack, either way it needs replaced, it runs about $40.00

#2 Motor, it sounds like the high speed windings on the motor are bad this could cause the motor to labor and draw high current during the spin when the most load is on the motor. It runs about $190.00

It is a hard decision to make, but even though this in only 5 years old I would think hard about putting this much money into the washer.

Let me know if you have questions.

Posted on May 07, 2010

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