i have looked quite extensively but can't find instructions on how to
remove an unidentified object that has fallen between the drum and it's
casing and which has caused some damage to the drum, though from what i
can see it has not perforated the drum.
it is a hotpoint first edition 1200, front loader. i don't know how to
access/take it apart. the back seems to be non-removable. there is a
space at the bottom but i can't see how this would enable me to acess
inbetween. i am wondering if i have to take the front of to get at the
drum ? and if so how to do that without damging the front pieces.
thank you, hopefully someone knows.
Hotpoints are different from other makes. You do indeed remove the front of
the machine. You normally have to loosen the control panel to get to the
screws. Once it is off, it is easy to remove the plastic clipped on drum
cover and gain access to between the drums.
At least that's what it was like on my Ultima when I needed to change the
element. It is identical (apart from the control panel) to an Aquarius and
wouldn't be surprised if it is similar to the 1st Ed.
yes, you are absolutely right and it is a doddle compared to other
machines i've had. i probably would've spotted it sooner but the
control panal is held on with a couple of clips and three screws hidden
in the soap dispenser, and i use detergent tablets.
the hardest bit was putting the rubber skirt-like thing around the
unidentified object turned out to be very strange mishappen lighter-size
bit of metal that looks even a bit like the drum. no idea what that
ever was, anyway, it took me ages to get it all together again only to
find that the drum still drags/scrapes against something. obviously it
didn't do that anymore before i put it back together again.
but i can't remember if i checked it again after putting the clips back
ack. so either there's still something in it, or i've dropped something
in it, or the drum is so damaged it's scraping against the heating
element, or the heating element is damged/skewed, or i've put it
i think that about sums it up, or what else could i be missing ?
Could the metal be part of the heating element?
Can you get a picture of it on the web?
It sounds like part of the washing machine, anyway. I suspect the rest of it
is what is still scraping the drum.
Most Hotpoints have a removable front. Here's how mine comes apart
(yours may vary slightly); from memory!
Take the top off; two screes at rear.
Release door seal (wire round edge; two possible fittings but should be
obvious). Remove soap drawer. Remove control knob (screw should be
obvious). Screws that hold front are at bottom and top, including edge
of soap drawer hole. Front now comes off; need to remove door catch
(best to leave attached to safety cable).
Some wires may need removal...then release clips round edge of tub and
remove front of tub. You should now be able to get at the object.
Reassembly is left as an exercise for the reader! Let us know how you
begin by not using Outlook Express...
yes, agreed, probably best. shouldn't be too hard to get hold of one i
expect except the hotpoint site seems to be down atm.
that looks very strange doesn't it ?
anyway, i suppose it's not too difficult to fit them ?
Yes. You've already done most of the work. I found that a few extra steps
were required from the official technique.
The element is held in by a rubber grommit that gets squashed by some bolts
to expand outwards. You're supposed to release the bolts and the rubber
magically retracts, allowing the element to slide out. Yeah right. What you
actually need to do is hack the rubber grommit to pieces with a Stanley
knife having removed it complete with the plastic clip in cover that it
attaches to. The new ones go in easy, though.
Christian McArdle wrote:
well i've got the clips back on and it doesn't scrape :)))
test drive'll be in about an hour i reakon and it was just as you said
chris, lots of hacking to get the old one off (i let himself do that as
he's the electircs mechanic)
thanks a lot bob and you, i am dead chuffed. i'm sure it would've cost
me more than 20 squid to get a mechanic in.
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