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Old 10-21-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
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Hello all,

[Note: I posted this question at this link but was told to move it here.]

I have an LG front loader washer and LG gas dryer hooked up to the same 2 outlet soket. It's been this way since we moved into the house about 3 years ago.

Today while running the dryer (we just ran the washer), the washer would "kind of" turn on - it would make the electronic beep like it turned on but the LCD display would not show. However, the dryer was running. Looking at the fuse box did not show any flipped or blown fuse.

After some playing around (unplugging, trying each one in the other outlet), eventually the washer started up in the other outlet and the original outlet didn't work - so I figured one socket went dead. Then, not long later, I tried to plug the dryer into the "dead" socket and it worked...

Does anyone have any idea what might be going on? If I hire somewhat, what kind of thing should I tell them? Both "work" now but I don't want to run both at once. What kind of thing could fix this?

Based on what I said, do you think it's dangerous to use this outlet until fixed, or is running one at a time OK? I'm hoping to get someone out this week but in case I can't, I want to be safe.

Does this seem like a major thing to fix? Roughly speaking, would this be like a $100 fix or something like $500+? I know you guys may not be able to answer these - I just want some advice to go with when I talk to an electrician.

Thanks for any help.

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Replace the duplex receptacle.

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Sounds like a $100 fix to me.

Depending on where you live, it could be more, however.
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I'm suspecting something is up with the electronics in your washer.
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Thanks all for the replies. I am hoping it is just to replace the outlet itself and things will be OK. We've had this setup for years so I'm not sure if something just got worn out or knocked loose. I'm really hoping it's just something simple like that.

I don't think it's the washer (I'm really hoping it's not) because the dryer also stopped working when plugged into the temporarily dead outlet. It worked OK too after waiting some time, flipping the breaker (it wasn't tripped, just trying to debug) and unplugged things - so maybe some overheating? I'm hardly an expert so I'm probably wrong.
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Sounds like a $100 fix to me.

Depending on where you live, it could be more, however.
In mass a call like that will be around $160-200.depending on what is needed
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I don't think it's the washer (I'm really hoping it's not) because the dryer also stopped working when plugged into the temporarily dead outlet.
I didn't see that in your OP or you didn't state that in your OP. In my experience, it would be rare that 1/2 of a duplex receptacle to not work properly unless its just that the contacts inside are worn, but that doesn't sound like the problem.

The other part of your post that makes me think its the electronics is...
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Today while running the dryer (we just ran the washer), the washer would "kind of" turn on - it would make the electronic beep like it turned on but the LCD display would not show.
If the outlet was bad/loose connection, the washer wouldn't work at all.

Replacing the outlet is not a bad idea. It will probably need to be replaced with a GFI depending on if there is a sink within 6'. It will also rule out one possible issue.
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Maybe the receptacle unit itself is really bad or there is a loose connection behind it.

Plug in a table lamp with a 100 watt incandescent bulb and jiggle the plug in the receptacle. A loose connection would reveal itself right away.

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