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Washing machine not working

I think I overloaded my washer and started it. I went upstairs and could smell something burning. The washing machine is full of water but will not work.

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You probably burnt the belt. Take the front panel off, two screws at the bottom and let the motor cool off.

Increase the water level and then turn it to spin. see if it pumps out.

The belt will need to be replaced.

Posted on May 26, 2008

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