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BOSCH WVG30461GB WASHER/DRYER NOT DRYING


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I have the same washer dryer with different problem, it washed fine, on the drying programmes it dries for the time set but on completion it displays error code E18 and there is water in the drum,I have checked the filter,waste pipe etc and all is clear,can you suggest a solution please.

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That's an unusual fault Roger, it doesn't make a lot of sense because water in the drum normally means the washing machine isn't pumping the water out properly. But if that was the case it wouldn't complete a wash cycle without error. During drying water constantly trickles into the condenser chamber at the back. This water mixes with the steam blown into the condenser so that it condenses back into water. The water is then pumped away.

So the pump should be running on the drying cycle, if not constantly, then every so often frequently. If for some reason it wasn't that would allow a buildup of the water. Apart from checking everything is working there's nothing much else to suggest, the heater, fan, water valve and pump all need to operate on the drying cycle.

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  • 4 months later...

Sorry for resurrecting an old thread but my own Serie 6 washer dryer stopped drying a couple of weeks ago and google brought me here.

So, turns out the impeller was SERIOUSLY blocked and needed some TLC - the machine being only 2 years old. 

Rather than waste my time, I decided on some “user in-service modification” by removing an offending bit of metal from the back panel to enable the drier motor assembly to be removed fully (see attached pics). I achieved this with a trusty Dremel and cutting disk along the black pen line in the pic.

Takes about 30mins to do, carefully. Make sure you pack around the area with tin foil to catch the sparks.

Fan was completely clogged, as was some sort of sensor thingy just below it in the well.

Helpful tip: when digging the fluff out the gaps, use a small flat-headed screwdriver, insert it between the blades from the outside, starting at the top and scrape down to the bottom, or vice versa. This picks all the fluff off the blade in one go. 

Don’t dig the fluff out at random as plenty sticks to the blades and is a PITA to tackle.

And thus ends the tale of overcoming Bosch bad design - all for the cost of a new Dremel cutting wheel. 

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Many thanks Chris. Great photos. That fan is seriously blocked. The only thing I can think of that keeps causing such buildup of lint, which is supposed to be pumped down the drain, is if the whole of the venting system for the dryer is reeking with condensation and steam. That would allow the lint to stick to the sides and the fan blades instead of being blown through and finding its way into the bottom of the tub where it should mix with water then be pumped away down the drain.

The fact that this seems to be a very common problem means either these designs or just flawed and not fit for purpose, or potentially too many people are overloading the dryer causing it to struggle to deal with the steam. I honestly don't know which.

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I am currently half way through disassembling my Bosch to clean the condenser fan, and came across this. Can I not remove the rear or side panels to get to the fan rather than use a circular saw?

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I’ve been very careful with the loading, making sure that the 5kg drying limit (8kg wash) isn’t exceeded and with the drum clean run monthly as per the instructions. 
 

Either way it’s now a lot easier to remove the fan assembly now that I’ve cut that ridiculous obstruction off. Whipping the fan out is now a simple 10 minute affair and a worthwhile modification.
 

Will revisit the fan in 6 months or so and post an update on the condition. 

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19 hours ago, DunkyGee said:

I am currently half way through disassembling my Bosch to clean the condenser fan, and came across this. Can I not remove the rear or side panels to get to the fan rather than use a circular saw?

You can take the screws off the top if the fan unit and the top will move far enough to access the fan to remove the lint, but it is very fiddly and time consuming. We did this, but a couple of months later the sensor has tripped again.

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Thank you so much for the advice given on this page, I was having to reset the thermostat switch constantly until the other night when we could start to smell burning, switched off immediately obviously!!!

i took the leap after having to buy a torx screwdriver set first and managed to dismantle enough to find the motor fan and wedged it open enough to clean offending fluff so much of it. I did notice underneath the sticker on the motor that the fan is help onto the housing using a circlip, I did wonder if I removed that would I be able to remove the top and then lift the fan out (without the need to use a metal saw?) on the occasion I didn’t try it in case I couldn’t fix it back on) but may try next time.

Just to say thanks again for giving me the inspiration to try it I have so far run 2 fluff cycles a quick wash and am currently drying towels, there is no smell of burning the heat is good and the thermostat hasn’t tripped.

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Just to add to this thread really that the advice given is golden. My Bosch drier also stopped drying. Having taken the top off using the two screws at the back (was very stiff, thought I was breaking a clip or something sliding it back and up), I followed what everyone else has done and also found the impeller really clotted up with rock hard fibres. Not as bad as Chris' but not far off. I spent about half an hour with a small screwdriver going through the small gap you can get with the top member still preventing you from removing the fan, with the hoover sucking out as I went. Reset the jumpers and was confident, especially when I felt it heating up on the test dry. However, the cycle finished and it was all wet and cold still. Checked the over-heat switches and they had tripped again. Reset and started a new cycle to try and see what was happening and the fan obviously wasn't going. So I got the grinder out and chopped away enough of the metal cross member to get the fan out. The plastic housing it rested in was also completely caked in fibres so I cleared all that out (plus clear off the metal insert below the bowl - looks like some sort of temp sensor, which was also fully caked), put it back together, reset the jumpers and tried another test. The fan is now working, I can feel heat more through the glass than through the lid, & it's finished a drying cycle. Looks like the whole surround is prone to clogging. In retrospect I would not have just done the half measure of cleaning through a 1" crack. Even if it had fixed the problem it would definitely be much better to go the extra yard to clean it out properly (either with a grinder or doing it the proper way and removing the upper rear and upper top bars), if only to prolong the time between having to do this. Personally I'm good with having taken a grinder to it, I am resolved to needing to do this periodically and this mod will make it much easier.

So, thanks everyone. Have bookmarked this forum.

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