Problems with GFCI outlet and washer/dryer


Old 07-23-16, 12:32 PM
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Problems with GFCI outlet and washer/dryer


Today I went to do a load of laundry and my washer/dryer (Whirpool ThinTwin) wouldn't turn on. Checked the outlet and the GFCI was tripped. Plugged the W/D into a surge protector and plugged that into a nearby nonGFCI outlet (the W/D's cord is too short to reach) and the washer works.

I have tested other two prong and three prong devices into said GFCI outlet and they do not trip. Tried plugging W/D into surge protector and then GFCI outlet and it still trips.

Anyone have any advice?

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Old 07-23-16, 02:13 PM
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I would replace the GCFI first, they do go bad. Have had washer trip them even when no problem with washer.
Old 07-23-16, 02:29 PM
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I had the same problem and changing out the GFCI fixed it. The washer would work with one brand of GFCI and not another. Specifically, it wouldn't work with a SmartLock Pro, which is a very good GFCI receptacle.
From my understanding, the washer motor can leak voltage and this is "normal".
Old 07-23-16, 04:31 PM
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Motor leakage is controlled by the UL standard. Sounds like some of the motors are out of spec .
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