Buzzing from Washer

techrec79October 5, 2010

We had an addition put on our home with a new electrical outlet. The washer "buzzed" when entering a cycle. We replaced the washer with a new one and the new one "buzzed" also. It does not buzz when using an old outlet. Can anyone give me an idea of what it might be? Home is 60 years old, non-grounded with a GFI circuit on it.


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What does the electrician that did the work have to say?

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 12:57PM
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The new outlet might be on the opposite leg of your electrical service from thr old outlet. That leg might be overburdened, resulting in lower voltage on it. As Mike points out, have an electrician check. Sounds like the motor is laboring to start, which could very well be caused by an undervoltage condition, especially since it happened with 2 different machines.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 1:48PM
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The guy who did it was a maintenance guy and when I told him he said he thought it was the breaker and then he didn't show up. Called me back and said he will try to come over later this week.

Thanks for your response. Your input was very helpful. I'll contact a real electrician to fix it.


    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 5:18PM
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