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Author Topic: Clothes washer shows 37 volts to the touch  (Read 2275 times)

Offline chansen

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Clothes washer shows 37 volts to the touch
« on: August 19, 2009, 01:36:27 AM »

I haven't done many appliance repairs and I wasn't even savvy to this issue until an inspector (we are selling the house) walked by the washer with his non-contact voltage detector and it went off. He didn't check with a voltage meter, but I did when I returned. I registered a constant 37 volts with my meter just by touching one of the non painted screws on the body. Could something be grounded out inside? Wouldn't this have tripped a fuse or wouldn't it show 120 volts if a bare wire were in contact with the inside wall? I'm confused. I'm going to unplug it until I can crack it open. Any suggestions before doing so? Anyone see this before? Thanks.

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Re: Clothes washer shows 37 volts to the touch
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2009, 04:42:24 AM »

1. Find the complete model number inside the lid (110.XXXXXXXX)
2. Plug the machine into a different wall outlet and re-test.
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Re: Clothes washer shows 37 volts to the touch
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2009, 01:02:07 PM »
The Washer should be grounded throught the Power Cord IF:

The Power Cord is good and the green gound wire is connected to the Washer.

The Wall Outlet is wired correctly & the Ground Pin is grounded.

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