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Washer burning smell

Common reasons your washer burning smell

The most common reasons your washer has a burning smell are a broken motor, malfunctioning electronic control board or a damaged spin basket.

  • 45%

    45% of the time it's the

  • 22%

    22% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 14%

    14% of the time it's the
    Spin Basket

  • 19%

    19% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common washer repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these washer parts may fix your problem.

    Motor Replacement

    When a washer motor is bad, it may struggle to spin the basket or move the agitator. The spin basket may experience erratic spinning or fail to spin altogether, leading to water not draining from the tub. Additionally, unusual sounds during operation such as squealing or grinding, might be present. Over time, a faulty motor may overheat, resulting in a burning odor or visible signs of damage to the motor and surrounding areas.

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    A burning smell emanating from the washer could be attributed to a malfunctioning electronic control board. If the board is shorted, it may emit a burning odor as a sign of internal problems. The washer might also fail to fill, agitate, spin, or drain.

    Spin Basket Replacement

    If the spin basket in a washer becomes damaged, it can lead to friction between the basket and other parts. This friction generates heat while the basket spins, resulting in a burning odor. The heat is likely caused by the damaged basket rubbing against the drum, putting both physical and thermal strain on the components. Additionally, you might hear unusual noises or experience excessive vibration during the spin cycle. Ignoring a damaged spin basket can result in further deterioration of the basket and adjacent parts.

    What to expect when you experience a washer burning smell issue

    What should you do with a burning smell problem?

    Resolving most burning smell problems usually entails replacing the motor, electronic control board or spin basket. There could be other causes, so a thorough diagnosis is essential to understanding the repair cost and fixing the problem.

    Recommendations from Sears Home Services for a washer burning smell

    If your washer emits a burning smell, there could be various causes. To prevent unnecessary part replacements, we suggest having a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the root cause of the issue. Our technicians have extensive experience diagnosing all types of washer failures.

    What to watch out for with a washer burning smell diagnosis

    Analyzing contemporary appliances without sufficient expertise and training can prove challenging. In the absence of proper diagnostic methods, addressing issues with your washer may rely solely on guesswork when replacing components. Over the past decade, appliances have evolved significantly, incorporating intricate electronic components that pose challenges for testing. Consequently, do-it-yourself repairs on the newest appliance models are growing progressively more intricate.

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    Common washer symptoms to look out for

    • Washer display not working
    • Washer leaking from bottom
    • Washer leaking water
    • Washer no power
    • Washer no water
    • Washer noisy
    • Washer not agitating
    • Washer not draining
    • Washer not filling
    • Washer not spinning
    • Washer not starting
    • Washer not turning on
    • Washer not washing
    • Washer not working
    • Washer vibrates
    • Washer will not drain
    • Washer won't start cycle
    • Washer won't turn off

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