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#1 NotTheMessiah

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 05:07 PM

Hi, as the title suggests I have a hotpoint WD62 that is tripping the mains.

The machine will trip the mains once the water level has reached a certain level. Manually emptying some of the water
allows the machine to complete a drain, spin and dry cycle so it is definitely not the motor or dryer heater element.

What could be causing this?
I had suspected the heater element but feel that is unlikely as once just a small amount of water has been removed it stops tripping and can complete a drain, spin, and dry cycle without issue.
I suspect that possibly be some of the wiring from the pressure switch has lost its insulation and is causing a short when the pressure switch is closed, or perhaps a fault with some other component
that is active when the pressure switch is closed. Does this sound likely?
My current plan of action is to examine the wiring from the pressure switch and if this turns out to be sound I will isolate the heater element and test the unit again.
Any other tips on what I can try. I don't especially want to fork out for a new machine!

 

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#2 Washerhelp_Whitegoodshelp

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:02 PM

As I say in my advice about troubleshooting a washing machine tripping the electrics you can't diagnose it without a specialist insulation test meter. Unless there's something obvious you would be just guessing. The heater will not come on if water level drops below a certain level so it's possible the heater is the cause, it's one of the common causes for fusing but I never recommend replacing parts without properly diagnosing they are faulty first.


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 04:53 PM

Thanks for your advice. I shall isolate the heater to see if that rectifies the problem and if so I know to replace the element.
I'll post back with my results.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:27 PM

Results time:
It is indeed the heater. With it disconnected and the cables safely insulated and tied out of the way the machines runs as normal without fusing.
I'll pop a new element in there in the week.
Thanks again for the advice.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:20 PM

Quick update:
The machine now has a new element and is working fine.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:34 AM

Nice one.

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