If a washing machine flashes on all its lights, this often indicates a fault in the hardware module. Here’s an overview of the most common faults and how to fix them.
Water is drained from the tank before the washing has started or takes too long to accumulate. If no program has been selected, the electronic control automatically resets the program. An error code will appear on the screen or the lights and buttons will illuminate. In such a situation, the following should be done
– check the water supply tap – it must be unscrewed all the way;
– check the water inlet hose, it may be kinked;
– clean the strainer if it is clogged with dirt.
Premature draining and excessively long water intake times are also due to a faulty connection between the washer-dryer and the main services. Check the wiring diagram for the washer-dryer.
Drain pump problems are also signaled when the system automatically stops the program and an error code or light comes on. In these cases you should check and clean:
– the drain – there are blockages at the point where the hose connects to the system;
– Hose – probably not draining because it is kinked;
– Pump impeller – for a full diagnosis open the small door on the bottom front panel compartment. Unscrew the drain filter with a basin or bucket. Threads are often wrapped around the impeller and this prevents the part from rotating. Remove any debris found;
– check that the pump is not blocked.
Regular maintenance will prevent premature failure of the drainage system components.
A malfunctioning electric heater can cause the washer-dryer to electrocute. This is a very dangerous scenario. If all the lights on the washing machine are flashing, this is how the appliance informs the user of a technical fault. The heating element is located at the front or rear of the housing – depending on the model.
Disassemble the machine to access the heater, then:
- disconnect the wires.
- Check the resistance level by placing the stylus of a tester on the contacts.
- If the part is faulty, fit a new heating element.
- To remove the broken module, loosen the clips located in the center.
- Push the bolt inwards to remove the heating element.
If the temperature sensor is good, it can be repositioned on the new heater.
If the washer-dryer motor has broken then the appliance must be disassembled to access the drum. An error code will appear on the screen. Try to identify which motor component has failed:
If the water does not drain, then do so manually using an appropriate filter. De-energize the appliance. For an extensive diagnosis, the washing machine must be disassembled and the motor dismantled:
- There are screws around the perimeter of the rear cover, unscrew them.
- Remove the panel and then look underneath, this is where the motor is located.
- disconnect the wiring harness.
- Remove the screws that secure the motor.
- Remove the broken module.
If the motor itself is intact and the problem is with the components, the brushes can be replaced and the lamellas can be turned on a lathe. Check the wiring with a tester. It may be the source of the fault.
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