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Offline jomercer

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little green wire on my washer
« on: July 31, 2009, 01:06:15 PM »

I have a kenmore washer that could date back to the late 60s or early 70s. I noticed today that a thin wire with green insulation is loosely looped around the cold water shutoff handle, but the other end is not attached to the washer--to which I presume it should be attached.

The washer plugs into a regular outlet, not GFCI. Is this a problem? How do I fix it?

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Re: little green wire on my washer
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2009, 02:18:51 PM »

I have a kenmore washer that could date back to the late 60s or early 70s. I noticed today that a thin wire with green insulation is loosely looped around the cold water shutoff handle, but the other end is not attached to the washer--to which I presume it should be attached.

The washer plugs into a regular outlet, not GFCI. Is this a problem? How do I fix it?

GFCI is not required for the washing machine circuit. You probably have a two prong plug with the ground running separate. It should be attached to the washer metal back. Look for a green screw. Also the washer should be on a 20amp circuit by itself.

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Re: little green wire on my washer
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2009, 02:21:06 PM »
That green wire is extra insurance to keep you from getting bit by mr shocktricity. Connect it to the frame of the old washer.
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Re: little green wire on my washer
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009, 02:25:36 PM »

I have a kenmore washer that could date back to the late 60s or early 70s. I noticed today that a thin wire with green insulation is loosely looped around the cold water shutoff handle, but the other end is not attached to the washer--to which I presume it should be attached.

The washer plugs into a regular outlet, not GFCI. Is this a problem? How do I fix it?

GFCI is not required for the washing machine circuit. You probably have a two prong plug with the ground running separate. It should be attached to the washer metal back. Look for a green screw. Also the washer should be on a 20amp circuit by itself. Also that gound should be clamped on that water pipe and be at least # 12 awg copper wire.