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Amana Washer DLW330RAW: Smoke!


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#1 Bob

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 02:01 PM

Ok, I started a small load of laundry and a few minutes later smelled smoke! I ran downstairs and the washer was smoking. I don't recall if it was agitating or not, I believe there wasn't any noise at all--it appeared to be stalled with smoke pouring out. But, I confess I was in emergency mode, so my recollection for detail is probably unreliable.

I quickly killed power, unplugged it, turned the dial to off and threw the lid open... smoke roiled out. The tub had not drained. I opened windows and used fans to clear the basement. The stench was incredible! I thought it was electrical fire smell, but now think it might be rubber, perhaps from the belt.

I pulled the lower panel off and didn't notice any obstructions or any damage. Everything appeared clean and intact. I was able to move the pulleys, tensioner and belt fairly easily. The and pulley grooves and belt seemed ok. I am able to deflect the belt by pressing on it: it is neither loose or super tight. I think I replaced the belt last year....but, my wife runs the crap outta the washer. There is definitely some belt dust.

I decided to run it through the rest of the cycle and watched it the entire time (laying on the floor with safety glasses, a flashlight and a HEPA mask): it seemed fine.

I checked for obstructions between the inner and outer tub by pulling the top ring off and agitator out, and there was nothing there. Could there be something between the inner/outer tub but under the inner tub? Not sure how to get the inner tub out.

I am now very nervous about this machine! Any ideas as to what could be wrong?

Many thanks,
Bob (sipping a Michelob...yeah, kinda whimpy, but I'm a cheap date)

Edited by Bob, 17 November 2011 - 02:57 PM.


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Posted 17 November 2011 - 06:26 PM

Maybe check for goodies in the drain pump
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Posted 17 November 2011 - 06:49 PM

Please send pictures....................(laying on the floor with safety glasses, a flashlight and a HEPA mask):

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 10:30 PM

Almost sounds like the tub bearing and seal going bad, that's what these do when they go bad before it starts sounding like a jet plane taking off.
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