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Washing machine tripping GFCI. :(

My Kenmore washing machine, model number 110.20852990 just tripped the GFCI outlet into which it is plugged and trips it any time that I try to resume the cycle. It just filled with water and will go no further. Any thoughts?

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Joseph Perez
I am sorry that you are having some difficulties with your washer tripping the breaker and I will be happy to help. I did some research and I was able to find a link that will provide you with some good information. Click


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by Joseph Perez Earned 62,642 community points in Kenmore
July 10th, 2013
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Manage My Life
Thank you for choosing I understand how frustrating it can be when the washer keeps turning off. It is not recommended for any major appliances to be plugged into GFCI outlets. Plugging in the washer into a different outlet that does not have GFCI protection should solve this issue. If it continues to trip even after this change, you may have issues with the washer motor. I have included instructions below on how to test your motor.

SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact your local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.

1. Disconnect the washing machine from its electrical outlet if you did not already do so while disassembling the shell.

2. Locate the two wire leads that connect to the motor housing and remove them by unplugging them from the motor.

3. Turn the dial on your multimeter or select the appropriate button for the RX1 setting on your multimeter. This tests resistance.

4. Place one probe from your multimeter onto each of the metal tabs on the motor that were exposed by unplugging the wires.

5. Read the multimeter. The multimeter should show a "0" or very low number. If it does, the motor coils are functional. If it shows a high number or it shows "infinite," it indicates the motor is defective.

6. Remove one probe from the electrical terminal and place it on the shell of the motor to test the ground. If the meter reflects anything other than zero, this means that the motor is not grounded properly. Once you complete this test, reverse the probes on the motor and test the other lug on the electrical terminal.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

If you would like more assistance, reply to this thread and I will be glad to assist you further. Thanks for using
by Manage My Life
July 11th, 2013
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