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Stack Washer Problems

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I had a terribly decrepit Kenmore Model no. 110.88754790. It was having numerous problems and was generally falling apart. One of its main issues was that after the agitate cycles it would get stuck going into the spin cycles and make a humming noise. I could get the machine to start spinning by lifting the lid (the tub would make a clicking noise) and closing it again but this was very frustrating, having to baby-sit the washer every load.

I hunted around for a used stack and came across a Whirlpool LT5000XVWO. I brought it home hooked it up and guess what? It does the very same thing. This seems implausible to me. I did end up using the old plug from the Kenmore because the one attached did not fit. I doubt that this could be the problem but it is the only constant. The previous owner swears that he never had this problem. I am at a loss. If you have any advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Paul Davidson

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There's something wrong with the supply voltage for the machines. Could be a corroded neutral or a burnt spade dropping too much voltage. You need to use a meter and measure the voltage at the terminals on the machine. Check for both 120v from each hot wire to both ground and neutral. Check for 240v, too. If you're off by more than 10% from the nominal voltage, well, they's trouble in doggie-land, Bubba.

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I picked up a multimeter and a new cord and tested the machine and everything checks out. I replaced the cord just to be sure. It still keeps doing the same thing.

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Based on what you've given us here, there are exactly two conclusions:

1.  There is a yet to be identified power supply problem at the outlet the washer plugs in to (likely)

2.  Both washers had exactly the same problem (highly unlikely).

Get an extension cord and run the washer on a different outlet on a completely different circuit-- the further away from this one, the better.

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