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Iain C

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  1. Recently moved to a bigger house, very first thing we bought was a cheap conventional Indesit tumble dryer . The last few months before we moved saw the Bosch permanently in the middle of the kitchen floor with the lid off. Totally given up on the Bosch , now used for washing clothes only.
  2. That's a bit concerning; if it isn't obstructed with lint/fluff then the fan should remove the hot air efficiently enough so that the overheat sensor doesn't trip.
  3. There is no filter, that's the problem, the moist air is drawn straight off the drum by the fan.
  4. The fan is the circular grey object visible at the rear right hand side of the machine once you take the lid off, the hot air ducting leads to it. You'll need a T20 torx bit I think to remove the screws which hold the top cover of the fan, you won't be able to get the fan cover off fully but that doesn't matter, you only need to lift it enough to provide access to the fan blades. I just use a set of tweezers to pull the lint out from between the blades.
  5. That's exactly what we do, wash a load then split it and do two dries. I don't see what difference the amount of washing being dried would make anyway, the way the condenser drier works means that the hot air being drawn off from the drum is always going to be saturated with water vapour, particularly at the start of the drying cycle when the washing is at its wettest. The problem is the free fibres that are released during the washing cycle and also the drying cycle aren't prevented from getting to the fan, but as you say there's no easy way of putting a filter anywhere in the current air draw off ducting between the drum and the fan that wouldn't still require removal of the lid for user access. Other than a complete redesign to put a filter on the front or back of the machine, I can't see what can be done other than to accept that it's a flawed compromise which doesn't work.
  6. No other option I'm afraid but to strip it down and clean it yourself, I'm having to do it about every six months but the frequency will obviously depend on how often you use the machine for drying. Bosch engineers must be kept going by customers who have the same problem but are none the wiser.
  7. Hello Andy, No I didn't see the link from the forum, though I did come across your site (and maybe one other very similar?) while googling for parts suppliers and noticed that apart from the top banner the sites appeared to be the same. I can't say I'm impressed with the Bosch design - the appliance is only around 18 months old but I had noticed a deterioration in drying performance from when we first bought it. Surely Bosch can't expect customers to inspect/dismantle their machine once a year in the way that 've just had to do to keep it in decent running order? I can manage it as I consider myself reasonably handy with a set of screwdrivers, but there will no doubt be many others with the same issue who will end up paying extortionate fees for a Bosch engineers visit to do the same job. I'm a bit cheesed off that I spent £40 needlessly on a replacement sensor (obviously this could have been avoided if I'd made the effort to trace the cause of the impeded air flow earlier), but also that we'll have been using a lot more electricity to essentially 'steam' rather than dry our clothes for the past six months or more.
  8. The problem continued so suspecting a faulty sensor I decided to order a replacement Temperature Limiter from Partsmaster for £33.29. I fitted this but after a couple of days the same problem reoccurred. It happened again today, so while I had the lid off for the umpteenth time to reset the limiter I decided to bite the bullet and dismantle all of the hot air extraction ducting and extraction fan housing. There were a few bits of fluff in the ducting itself but the extraction fan was another story, the gaps between all of the fan blades were clogged solid with fluff/lint, it is no wonder the sensor was tripping due to overheating as the fan will have been barely drawing any air in this state. After about an hours work with a pair of tweezers I had cleaned the fan out and had collected the dish full of fluff in the photo. I expect the drying performance of the machine to improve dramatically after this clean out, and presumably the temperature limiter trip problem should now be sorted.
  9. My Bosch WVG30461GB has twice in the last month stopped drying clothes, both times I've removed the top cover from the machine and pressed the small switch between the two green connectors in the photo which has reset the machine and solved the problem. I know how to fix it but don't know why the switch (presumably some sort of overheat safety device?) is tripping in the first place, can anyone help?
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