Burning Smell Just replaced the motor coupler on my machine. During agitation we noticed a burning smell. There wasn't any smoke and the washer seemed to operate normally, however we stopped it as soon as we noticed the smell. The machine hasn't been used in several months. Could this smell be caused by it being in storage (on the patio) for so long? This is a kenmore top-load washer model number 110.29812890
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this is what i found on the internet. WHAT'S CAUSING A BURNING SMELL IN YOUR WASHING MACHINE?
If you notice a burning smell in your washing machine, the cause could be any number of things. Regardless, this is one smell you shouldn't ignore. It's important to quickly diagnose the problem and find the solution.
The Burning Belt Smell
Many top loaders are direct drive. This means they do not use a belt. The motor is directly connected to the transmission.
In Whirlpool and Kenmore models there is a rubber coupler between the motor and transmission that takes much abuse. It's very common for the fingers or the rubber itself on the coupler to break. A clicking noise with no spin or agitation along with a slight rubber smell are symptoms of this problem.?DIY repair is possible. Older models may also have belts that can be tighted or replaced
The new Whirlpool or Maytag washer can often be fixed without calling for repair.
To work on a top load HE washer pull the empty unit away from the wall. Drape a small rug or towel over the control to minimize damage to the wall and the panel. Lean the unit against the wall and the bottom will be clearly visible. Lie on the floor and note if there are rubber pieces or shavings under the washer. The belt may be rubbing against a plastic guard attached to the motor. The solution is actually quite simple: If the belt is shredded or worn you need to replace it. You can call a repair person or, if your washer is under warranty, the manufacturer. Or, if you or someone you know is handy, you can do it yourself!
If your washer smells. The first thing to do if you notice an electrical smell in your washing machine and not a rubber burning smell, is to unplug the machine and call the manufacturer or a repair person.
An electrical burning smell may also be caused by a water leak coming into contact with electrical wiring. Both are major concerns and should be addressed immediately. A water leak can cause structural damage in your home and can short out the electrical wiring in your washer and cause additional damage to the machine.
Another more likely cause of a burning smell in your washer is overloading. Adding too many clothes to your washing machine can stress the motor or transmission, causing them to overheat or malfunction and emit a burning smell. For top load washers, overloading can cause the agitator to freeze or malfunction, stressing the drive belt and causing friction, which could emit a burning rubber smell.
To prevent overloading, know the size of your washer. They are measured in cubic feet. In addition, know how many towels, pants, shirts, and other items you can safely load. When it doubt, do smaller loads. Not only will this prevent overstressing the machine, it will also ensure clothes are thoroughly cleaned and rinsed.
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I'd pull the coupler off again and make sure that the prongs and holes line up correctly. If they weren't aligned when you replaced the coupler, they could be sliding on and rubbing the rubber connector down.
I'd also make sure that the plugs for the motor are correctly in place.
Following is the Whirlpool Service Manual for these machines. It doesn't have a "troubleshooting" answer for a burning smell but you might be better able to diagnose the smell by looking at how the motor connections fit.
YOUR WHIRLPOOL WASHER COULD HAVE A MOTOR PROBLEM, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SOMETHING HAS GOT CAUGHT IN THE MOTORS WINDINGS AND SHORTED IT OUT. IT YOU CAN STILL HEAR THE MOTOR RUNNING BUT THERE IS NO AGITATION IT COULD BE THAT YOUR DIRECT DRIVE COUPLER NEEDS TO BE REPLACED, PART NUMBER IS 285753. THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE WASHER IS OVERLOADED AND CAN CAUSE A BURNING SMELL SINCE THIS PART IS RUBBER AND PLASTIC. IF YOUR WASHER IS MAKING ANY SORT OF BANGING NOISE THIS COULD BE THE PROBLEM. YOU CAN CHECK THIS BUT IT DOES INVOLVE REMOVING THE PUMP AND MOTOR. ANOTHER POSSIBLE PROBLEM IS THAT THERE IS SIMPLY A BURNED CONNECTION ON YOUR UNITS ELECTRICAL SYSTEM AND IF IT CANNOT BE REPAIRED IT WILL HAVE TO BE REPLACED.HOPE THIS HELPS
Many washers produced by Whirlpool® use a small, relatively inexpensive motor coupling. It's plastic and rubber and is mounted to the shaft of the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other. Over time, the coupler wears out and fails. If this happens, you need to completely replace it.
Many washing machines have one or two belts. If a belt is broken or badly worn, you need to replace it with a genuine belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts are designed with special characteristics not found in automotive belts.)
If your washer was made by GE®, it may use a clutch for agitating the clothes. As the clutch wears out, it may prevent the washer from agitating well or at all. If the clutch is worn, you need to replace it. For this job, you probably want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician.
Many washer brands use a reversing motor. For agitation the motor runs in one direction, for spinning and draining, the other. It's possible for a motor to burn out in one direction and continue to operate in the other. If this happens, you need to replace the entire motor.
The motor or transmission drive pulley may be worn and unable to turn the drive belt. If so, replace the pulley.
The transmission could have either of these problems:
Older washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially defective, the unit may not agitate properly or at all.
The transmission may have a worn or broken gear, or some other internal problem.
If you suspect a transmission problem, you may have to call a qualified appliance repair technician to repair it.
The inside of the agitator--where the transmission shaft attaches--can become worn, and strip out the spline that allows the agitator to properly grip the shaft. Then the transmission shaft rotates back and forth as it should, but the agitator doesn't move properly. If this happens, you may need to replace the agitator and/or the transmission spline.
do you actually see smoke or is it you have a burning smell
if you have a smell the motor may be overloading on spin
sometimes this is due to too much soap powder in wash
and when machine spins the water cant get away due to soap suds under and around bowl
acts like a brake on motor
try no soap powder in next wash
a good way to tell is that you still have soap in washing if you lift the lid (with no soap powder added)