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Is it a problem to have a washing machine plugged into a GFCI outlet?

Some electric motors cause some GFCI circuits to trip. One reason is strong magnetic fields passing a small amount of current by induction into grounded components. For this reason it's best not to ...
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Can you identify this gunk from a washing machine?

It looks to me very much like 1,743 layers of fabric softener deposit from the inside of the outer tub (that's about sixteen years worth of loads at twice a week). Fabric softener leaves a thin layer ...
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I need help identifying this screw

That's a Torx head, you'll need a Torx screwdriver or drill bit for that. Hard to tell what size from your photo, maybe T25 or T30 at a guess. Easy to find at your local hardware store. Sometimes you ...
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220v Washer Dryer Machine Voltage Tolerance

I think you're doing it the hard way. Areas which are 127V nominal, choose that voltage for a very specific purpose: when you configure your power supply as 3-phase "wye", with 127V any ...
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Why does my basement utility sink that drains my washing machine stink?

I'm guessing that the white pipe you're referring to is the original drain for a washer. The extension piece fastened with duct tape might have been added because the washer draining caused some water ...
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What is this port on the back of my Samsung washing machine? It leaks a little bit of water at the end of the cycle

This is an air vent. The door on a front loader is sealed so that water won't leak out, so a separate vent is provided to allow air to move in and out of the washer when it fills, when it empties and ...
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The door to the washer has started to crack

It's a replaceable part. Looks like part number WH46X10159. Unfortunately it's discontinued by the manufacturer so you'll likely have to look for a used one. Thankfully it looks like there's a lot of ...
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Washer won't fit thru back door. What do I do?

I specialize in old houses, and this is quite a common problem. Here are your options, in order from easy to hard: Remove the back door frame. Easy and cheap, and you need to do it anyway to repair ...
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220v Washer Dryer Machine Voltage Tolerance

I assume your 110-220V transformer is an autotransformer as it uses less copper and you don't need isolation. Autotransformers do exist with the ability to select the taps on the input and/or output, ...
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How to connect washing machine waste to a rubber hose within a stand pipe?

That rubber hose tear very certainly looks like it was caused by the sharp point of the screw sticking through the metal bracket. Back the screw out until the tip is hidden so the tear doesn't get ...
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Water purge from washer/dryer combo to toilet - bowl or tank?

I think that draining the washer into the toilet is an odd option. If you own, pay a bit (or DIY) an actual washer drain right next to the washer water supply. If you rent, you're going to be on the ...
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Can you identify this gunk from a washing machine?

Ruskes won't like this because I'm giving an answer that doesn't 100% match the question, but I'm doing it anyway, because that's what I do! I don't know what stuff is. It could be: Some collected ...
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Washer won't fit thru back door. What do I do?

You're unlikely to be able to shrink it by disassembling it. Generally if you took the back off and dismantled it, you'd still be left with a full-size housing. To shrink that you'd need to unbend and ...
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How to replace a stacked dryer without seemingly any moving space?

Check if the washer is on wheels/trucks. Pull both out as a pair, then take the dryer off the top once you can reach it properly. If it's not on trucks, get some for next time. Looks like you've got ...
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Can you identify this gunk from a washing machine?

That looks like the bacteria film that I find in my sink drains.
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Washing machine tub grinding and banging

The tub mounting bracket (called the "spider") is broken. This is a common problem with front loaders. As far as I know, no manufacturer sells this part separately. It is included in the ...
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Inaccessible socket behind counter needed for washing machine

I would have put an opening in the back of the cupboard so that the cable can be passed through the gap and then easily plugged in. Another option is to have a "short" length plug or "...
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I can't connect my washing machine properly. Please help

A female connection on the outlet side of a tap is unusual. As Journeyman Geek said, a side view of the tap could possibly show that your solution is as simple as removing a female-female fitting to ...
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Samsung washer that trips breaker when powered on

Well obviously, you have the hang of troubleshooting at the module level. So carry on. Anyway, start at the circuit breaker. See if it has a way to indicate whether the trip is due to overload, ...
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How to install a washing machine outlet?

As far as I can tell, a universal washing machine hose with clamps should work. Pull the red plug out, slide a stainless steel compression ring over the hose, push the hose over the barbed connection ...
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220v Washer Dryer Machine Voltage Tolerance

First: to answer the question you asked, there's no standard way to find the voltage tolerance of an appliance. They will all be good for 5% variance as that's the grid standard in many places, but ...
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Why is my washing machine intermittently stopping before the rinse cycle?

This looks like a typical Kenmore/Whirlpool model. The parts are relatively standard and readily available through Amazon (for the most common parts) and both online and local appliance part stores. ...
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Is it a problem to have a washing machine plugged into a GFCI outlet?

I'm not sure if the majority of appliance people say it's bad to connect your washer to a GFCI. There are instances where washers will trip a GFCI but that's due to moisture getting into the outlet ...
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Is it a problem to have a washing machine plugged into a GFCI outlet?

But why do appliance people claim the GFCI is a bad idea? Same reason home builders think radon detectors are a bad idea, and RV dealers think dealer warranties are a bad idea. If you don't have ...
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Black moldy-looking spots on clothes after washing

Mould wouldn't feel rubbery, and spots looking like that would mean mould growth - which there wasn't time for unless you left stuff in there for a couple of days. So I reckon something rubbery has ...
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Black moldy-looking spots on clothes after washing

Did you recently wash footwear that had rubber dots on the soles for friction? And did many of the dots disappear from the footwear? Happened to me once. The dots dispersed and ended up as a gooey ...
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Should I use 1.5" or 2" washing machine drain through multiple load bearing studs?

This would take some investigation. Can the washing machine drain pump trow water at a distance of 10 feet against the resistance of the 1.5 inch drain pipe. -Test it first before drilling lots of ...
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Are front load washers expected to filter out lint and pet hair?

Note that this answer is about what you should do about washing machine lint. It doesn't take care of the existing problem, which appears to be a machine-specific failure (a.k.a., it broke). Every ...
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Are front load washers expected to filter out lint and pet hair?

A "lint" filter in the pump discharge would get blocked very quickly. Something's wrong with your drain piping, or you are abusing it, if the discharge from a clothes washer can clog it up. ...
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Smelling sewer gases from my washer

Losing the water in the p-trap is usually a sign of a malfunctioning or non-existent vent. As others have said, you need to uncover the pipes to see the layout and with that identify the problem. ...
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