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The washin' machin' cannae drain no more, cap'n! [Friday 2nd December 2005 at 5:41 pm]

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We have a washing machine here. It makes for a good washer/dryer, apart from the occassional leak. So far it's failed to drain due to a clogged fluff filter, leaked all over Dom's floor (twice!), and refused to use any powder (so we have to use tablets).

This time it surpassed itself.

This time it failed to drain. Period. And of course the door locked itself and refused to budge, which is understandable considering the drum was a third full of water still.

The fluff filter was not clogged (as we found out when the landlord came around with a suitably hefty wrench to loosen it after it got overtightened by mistake), and this time we caught the water before it could flood Dom's room again. So, drain water out the fluff filter hole, inspect fluff filter and find it's lacking in fluff, screw filter back up and run a spin cycle to dry the clothes out a bit (having verified that the door now opens)

Washing machine makes a few half-hearted attempts at spinning, mainly due to the load being a bit unbalanced, all the while failing to drain any more water. So we stop it, run a drain cycle (which now unlocks the door) and I extract the clothes to discover half an inch of water still in the drum.

Flick it on drain cycle *again*, and it hums away merrily while completely failing to drain. So we now have a washing machine that while it will wash, and it will spin, it won't drain. Hmm.
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[User Picture]From: jecook
Friday 2nd December 2005 at 5:56 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a valve won't open somewhere, due to either a broken connection, broken solenoid, or controller.

It may be time for a new unit, or a repairman to come around and see what is happening.
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[User Picture]From: sarah_on_bed
Friday 2nd December 2005 at 8:25 pm (UTC)
:( I can sympathise. We've just had to buy a new washer/dryer because the one that came with the flat finally packed up after years of bad plumbing that was causing the waste water to flow back into the machine. Hopefully the new one will be ok.
But (in the way things inevitably do) our boiler has packed up which potentially could cost ££££. ouch.
Good luck with the washer and hope dom (and your clothes) dry out soon.
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