February 9th, 2006, 03:46 PM
Kenmore washer intermittent burning smell
We have a Kenmore model 417 washer/dryer combo. Probably around 5 years old.
We were running the washer the other day, and started to smell something burning in the washer. We stopped the washer and pulled out the clothes. The washer seems to run fine, just the smell.
I tried to troubleshoot it today. Took the front panel off the washer to check the belt. Ran the washer (no clothes) to see if I could recreate the problem or see an obvious problem. Couldn't see anything, and there wasn't a smell. I think I've seen this once before.
1) Any thoughts on what the problem might be? Belt slipping? Something falling on a hot motor?
2) Also, while I've got it open, are there any surfaces that I should lubricate? If so, what type of lubricant should I use (can I use WD-40)?
3) Of course, my biggest concern is that the washer could catch on fire. Does this happen with enough frequency that I should be concerned about the burning smell?
February 10th, 2006, 12:40 AM
No, its almost unheard of for a washer to catch on fire.
Its possibly the belt, if you use your washer daily or more than 5 times a week, that belt is probably starting to wear out and smell burned and slipping to much. Make sure the transmission moves freely when you turn the transmission pulley the belt goes around.
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