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Old 04-21-2010, 03:18 PM   #1
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outlet problem -- washing machine shuts off


We have an old Kenmore washing machine that, when plugged into the outlet directly behind the washer, shuts off every time at the same point, mid-cycle (full of water). It doesn't trip the circuit breaker, but the outlet seems to go dead for a while. If you plug the washer into a different outlet, it continues through the cycle and works fine. These are old outlets, with AC (metal sheathed) cable going back to the box. Does this sound like a ground issue? Thanks for any advice.

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The grounding wire is there for safety. It is not used in the normal operation of the circuit. Turn the power off and check the connections to the receptacle. You may want to replace the receptacle if it is loose. Move the wires to the screw terminals.

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We have an old Kenmore washing machine that. . .shuts off every time at the same point, mid-cycle (full of water). It doesn't trip the circuit breaker, but the outlet seems to go dead for a while. If you plug the washer into a different outlet, it continues through the cycle and works fine.
If it grips the plug tightly, check that this outlet will run a hair dryer at full speed, which is a load about twice that of a washing machine.

It could be a bad, high resistance, connection anywhere upstream of the outlet. You should find it. It could be a fire hazard.

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