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Offline rhartman93643

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washer trips gfi at spin cycle
« on: April 17, 2008, 01:42:54 PM »
Hi!  I'm writing for my daughter who does not have the model # at this moment.  She recently replaced the drive coupling in her Kenmore washer.  The washer is about 6 years old.  Now the washer trips the GFI at the spin cycle.  Apt manager replaced the switch and problem persists.  Any suggestions?

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Re: washer trips gfi at spin cycle
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008, 02:35:55 PM »
If the coupling broke due to a seized up transmission, etc. then the motor would draw excessive amperage, thus triggering the switch to blow. A technician would likely place a clamp-on amp probe on the line to measure the current draw from the motor. Binding can be discovered by removing the motor and turning the transmission hub manually.

It is not recommended to use a GFCI on this type of application.
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Re: washer trips gfi at spin cycle
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2008, 04:22:00 PM »
Thanks so much!  We'll check it out :)

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Re: washer trips gfi at spin cycle
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2008, 09:21:21 PM »
Another thang you can check is if the repairdude put the coupling on to snug against the transmision or motor. This will cause it to bind up and flip the breaker. Also something stuck in the pump like thongs and bra underwires can cause it to do that.
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Re: washer trips gfi at spin cycle
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2008, 09:37:12 PM »
JW, you need to stop washing those big thongs of yours in the washer! Take 'em to the laundro-mat.
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Re: washer trips gfi at spin cycle
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2008, 08:40:43 AM »
When I told my daughter about the GFCI, she bought a grounded extension cord and has had no more problems. 

Anything she should watch for?  I became concerned when you mentioned the coupling being too tight.

Thanks


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Re: washer trips gfi at spin cycle
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2008, 10:50:40 AM »
As long as it works OK no need to worry. This machine is either gonna go or die. No in between. It is very reliable all you need to know is this. Make sure your water level is right and you do not wash any rugs in this washer.
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Re: washer trips gfi at spin cycle
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2008, 11:57:24 AM »
You have been absolutely awesome thanks so much for  your help. :)

 

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