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My son has a Beko wm6110 washing machine.  The seal around the door split, so he fitted a replacement seal.  During this, a part dropped from the on/off switch, which seemed to vanish into the ether...

He has bought and fitted another on/off switch, but since fitting this, the fuse in the "socket" (it's hard-wired into it's own box on the wall, with a switch above the work-top) keeps blowing.  He suspects the switch may be wired up wrongly, as nothing else has been disturbed.

With the mains power off at the circuit breaker on the mains distribution board, he changed the 13A fuse in the "socket" box.  When resetting the circuit breaker, and switch on at the wall switch, the fuse blows immediately.

Can't find anything in the FAQ section, so can anybody tell me (& him) how to wire up the on/off switch, which colour wires go to which terminal on the switch, or if it could be anything else?

Picture below is of the part that dropped and vanished - haribo gummy ring for scale -, link is to the replacement switch...




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Hello David. If the on off switch is a double pole switch (they usually are) then it will have 2 live and 2 neutral wires. If you get them mixed up it will cause a direct short between live and neutral. Such a short would usually be quite violent unless you have a good RCD fuse board that cuts power in milliseconds. Wiring an on off switch up correctly is a matter of using a continuity test meter to work out which contacts pass power through when the switch is operated. They are commonly wired so that the live and neutral are on separate sides of the switch. 2 browns on one side and 2 blue on the other. However, I can't guarantee that's right for your machine. A continuity tester will confirm if power passes from one side to the other contact on the same side or not.

Here is a little diagram I just knocked up to show how a double pole (switches power on live and neutral side) usually works

On-Off Switch.gif


If it isn't the on off switch it's possible that the metal part from inside the old on off switch has fallen somewhere and causing a short. However, it is quite small and it would be unusual for it to find somewhere to short out.

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