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Kenmore washer melting plastic smell

Keith M. • Bartlett, TN • April 22, 2014
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My Mom's Kenmore had a burnt plastic smell after a thunderstorm. Found motor capacitor had melted through, dumping liquid platic "spaghetti" onto the insulation blanket under the washer. All other compents looked fine. Told her not to use it until I replaced capacitor. The washer is 4 yrs old but the new capacitor revision was 3 letters higher, so they've made some design changes. Externally it looks the same. There is a large number on the capacitor, but the part is ordered by the much smaller drawing number on the label. The only tricky part is placing the washer into calibration mode after changing the capacitor. The instructions are provided, but you have to pause briefly at each stop to trigger the calibration mode. It took several tries to get it right, but it does work.

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Repair Time Estimate

Less than 15 minutes

Tools Used
    Screwdrivers
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