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I have two Zanussi washing machines, one a 2006 model ZWF1221G, the other, a 2013 model ZWG6141P.                                                                                                                         Both wiill operate from either a CWST in the attic or mains.

The 2006 model operates exactly as expected, a fill volume (empty) of ~ 16 Litres  with a fill time of 259 secs on CWST fill and 114 secs on mains filling. However the 2013 model gives exactly the same fill time of ~ 125 secs on both CWST fill and mains fill with obviously a big difference in fill levels, I can't just now access the standpipe hose but on CWST fill the level is well below the door lip and I measured the level at ~ 6/8 ins above the bottom of the drum, when I pump it out and fill manually to the same level it takes ~ 8 litres, it is too far above the door level to measure it manually on mains fill but is obviouly far greater. It would appear that this model just gives a timed filling period of 120/125 secs irrespective of CWST fill or mains fill, is this normal for this model?.

Both machines, if started with both filling valves shut will time out with a flashing run light after 5/6 minutes and I think the solenoid valves shut.

 

 

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The newer the washing machine the less water should be used. Modern ones hardly use any. No washing machine should fill for a set time regardless as it would result in wildly differing water levels. They all control water levels with air pressure. The following articles may be interesting -

 

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Hi Andy,

Removed the Level switch which is a 545-AA-006 (0-300mm H2O)

The three pins are marked 1. 5V   2. 6MD   3.out

With pins removed and mains power on , I get 1. 0V 2. -5V and 3.  -5V  (note the minus readings)

With pins (jack) reinserted I get 1. 0V 2. -5V & 3. -2.6V. (the readings are exactly the same whether empty or after a prewash fill or after main fill.

The hose is clear when i blow down it.

The switch itself seems to be spring loaded towards a vacuum condition, ie when I suck it I can feel it moving downwards but when I blow there seems to no movement upwards.

 

 

 

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Hi. If you pour a kettle full of cold water into the drawer whilst it is filling is everything OK? 

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On 28/03/2021 at 16:37, Whitegoodshelp (Andy) said:

Hi. If you pour a kettle full of cold water into the drawer whilst it is filling is everything OK? 

Yes, if I even poured ~ 5 litres into the drawer it will still continue for this fixed time even though above the normal level.                                                                                                                                                                              (Thought I'd posted this previously).  I installed a slightly different analogue sensor which I picked up for a few euros, its a 545-AA-017 (0-380mm H2O) and I get exactly the same fill times/volumes as with the 545-AA-006 (0-300mm H2O).

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