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Won't agitate in delicate or hand wash

I tried running a delicate cycle and came back to find an electrical burning smell and washer humming turned it to regular cycle everything ran fine.

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Sounds like you may have a problem with the motor. These motors have two speeds, and the lower speed maybe going bad. If you are handy, the motor is really pretty easy to replace, but the motor itself is a touch costly (Maytag Number 21001950), usually around $150.00 (but you can sometimes find them on ebay for less). If you want to replace it yourself and need further help getting to it, let me know, really quite easy. Jim

Posted on Nov 15, 2007

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