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Rapid clicking and won't start (Swan SW2022W)

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Hi. I went to turn on my washing machine this morning and it tripped the electrics with a bang. I returned the trip switch and tried again. 

This is what's now happening:


As soon as I turn the programme dial to begin (which typically acts as 'power on' but doesn't start the wash cycle itself), a loud repeated clicking happens (as in, 4 clicks a second) and the lights across the whole top section of buttons all flicker. When I return the programme dial to the off position, the clicking stops a second later.

What I've tried, to no avail:

  • Checked the drum, seal and filter for debris.
  • Inserted a new fuse in the plug.
  • Plugged the machine into a different wall outlet.
  • Had an electrician in to confirm the kitchen electrics and sockets are ok.

I don't have a continuity test meter to trace faults. Reading the information on this site, something is telling me it could be related to the door lock - I think because the clicking sound is similar to the one I normally hear when the door unlocks after a wash - it's just that right now there are a continuous stream of clicks. As far as I'm able to check this, I can't see any obstruction.

Has anyone experienced anything similar?

The machine is a Swan SW2022W and it was in the house when I moved in 6 months ago. I use it once a week, if that. It will be out of warranty now but I believe it is about 3 years old. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

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It doesn't sound promising :(  You need a specialist insulation test meter to trace faults that blow the electrics. So there's probably an insulation fault that blew the electrics and possibly damaged something in the pcb. You really need an engineer or a new washing machine to be honest. 

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