This morning I tried to figure out why the washing machine power outlet is
dead. Strangely, I tested it with my meter and it was not dead. It read
121v A/C and appeared normal. I then turned on the washer and it did not
work. Very strange. I then shut off the washer and tested the voltage and
it was still 121vac. Next I left the multi-meter connected to the lower
socket and the washer plugged into the upper outlet (it's a standard 2
socket outlet like in a home) and had Kate turn on the washer. Sure
enough, the moment she turned it on the voltage dropped to 2v. Not good.
Next I plugged the washer into an extension cord and ran it to the outlet
under the nav desk (also a standard home 2 socket 120v outlet). The
machine worked normally and the other, unused socket, in the same outlet
still read 120vac.