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Kenmore fornt load washer High pitched pulsating constant whine


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#1 Mckelvey

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 07:19 PM

Greetings most honorable appliance guru,

I have a new Kenmore front loader washer. There seems to be no problem with the operation of the machine, however there is a constant whine coming form the front of the washer near the selection nobs. It seems to be electrical in nature. As the lights flash the sound pulsates.
I recently moved the washer to a new house and followed the moving instructions reattaching-- the support brackets and all. In the new house the outlet is ungrounded and am using an two pronged adapter. Is this related?

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 05:03 AM

whether or not the electrical noise you hear is related to the fact that you are connected to an UNGROUNDED outlet can be easily proven......... install a properly grounded outlet at once!!!  the ground wire is provided to eliminate such occurances as well as protecting the user from hazards that may exist- operating it the way you are voids your warranty- using an adaptor only allows you to make a connection it does NOT provide a ground.  installing a proper 3 prong outlet and adding a ground wire even to the copper supply piping in your home does not seem all that unreasonable.  this must be done in any event,once you have done this,if noise persists-you can deal with that issue then.

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 09:41 AM

Definitely neet a proper grounded supply for these. Other possibility for that kind of noise is that my wife is stuck inside the machine.
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Posted 30 May 2005 - 10:43 AM

:D  Let us hope his wife is not stuck inside of your washer!!!   When you get this ground thingie fixed and the noise is still there why not call for warranty service, since you indicated it is a new machine??  After you remove his wife, that is......   :sunny:  .......This is a Frigidaire washer so I cannot see if there are any service bulletins on this washer, Sears makes nothing.

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Posted 05 June 2005 - 04:23 PM

Thank you all,
I have grounded the plug to the cold water pipe with a copper wire, but it has not made any difference. Today I bought a GCIF outlet and will install it tomorrow. We'll see then if this helps.

I'm afraid to call for service because the first thing it says in the manual stating that use of ANY plug other than a grounded outlet will void all warrantees.

Thanks again
Erin

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Posted 05 June 2005 - 08:03 PM

yes,but you NOW have a properly grounded plug- i've replaced many cicuit boadrs due to electrical noise. if it's properly grounded and noisy- call for warranty service.

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