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Washer emitting burning smell and smoke on fast spin

The machine had reached its spin cycle and was making odd noises but was still working. When it got to the fast spin it was far too loud to be normal. When I looked at it smoke was whisping out of the dispenser drawer. I turned the machine off. When I opened the door, a lot of smoke was coming out and there was a strong burning smell. I took the clothes out and the smoke continued to billow out. This eventually stopped. I took the top off the machine and put it on the fast spin cycle to see if I could see where the smoke was coming from. It seems to be coming from inside the drum itself (rather than from the motor or belt). We took the front and back off the machine and shone light into the drum. It doesn't seem as though anything is stuck inside the drum. I thought maybe there's a problem with the heating element but can't figure out why smoke and smell only appeared on the fast spin cycle when surely the heating element isn't working at this point. Please help. I have loads of washing to do!!!

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  • Ron Noreen
    Ron Noreen Jan 09, 2014

    Mine is doing the same thing it cannot read the spin speed and begins smoking cleaning the trap did not work time to call service

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    DURING THE FAST SPIN THERE WAS A STRONG SMELL OF BURNING RUBBER THEN AFTER THE SPIN HAD STOPPED AND THE DOOR HAD EVENTUALLY UNLOCKED;SMOKE CAME OUT OF THE DRUM AREA

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    smells of burning and smoke coming out

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Yes, the heating element is coming on when it shouldn't. A likely cause is the pressure pot (Level sensor sender unit) being blocked with sludge. You'll find this under the machine, either screwed to the RH side of the tub, near to the front of the machine secured by three Philips screws, or attached to the side of the big hose that goes from the tub to the pump,secured by a Jubilee clip, underneath the machine. disconnect the power and remove the pressure pot, in both cases it's a long rigid white plastic tube, from one end of which comes a narrow flexible plastic hose which goes up to the top of the cabinet and is attached to the pressure switch itself. This tube is likely to have a load of muck in it, as its bottom end. Clean this out, and if your element didn't burn out, then everything should now be fine.

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