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The wash machine started leaking water from bottom and then a few loads later it started smoking with a electrical burning smell and automatically shut off. The number is GWL11US

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Hi just read your posting.Now a couple of things could be the cause.If the pump was leaking and went open circuit this would explain why your machine will not power up because the pump is part of the power circuit for the control module.Try this,look under the machine to the front right and you will see a fan.This is your pump.Look closely at it with a torch and see if it is corroded or burnt.Also look for any evidence of leaking and burning.Please reply back on what you find and then I can guide you in rectifying this fault.Looking forward to your reply.

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