Zanussi washer dryer problem

I have an erratic problem with the dryer of a Zanussi WDJ1294. Mostly, it switches off after one to two minutes, regardless of the timer setting. It does sometimes operate properly however, that is, it dries for the set period of time; this tends to happen when the drier hasn't been used for a while.
Suggestions on possible cause of problem would be much appreciated.
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On 28 Dec 2003 10:27:32 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@btopenworld.com (shrubby) wrote:

Some kind of overheat safety switch bunged up with lint?
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Niall

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I had the exact same problem with a Zanussi WDT1081. The fault appeared when the machine was only two years old and Zanussi refused to countenance a warranty repair. An engineer from a local repair shop I called out said he thought it was the mechanical timer and quoted

So we bought a standalone tumble dryer and continued to use the washer part of the machine (which still worked) for another 8 years - until earlier this year, when it began stopping at random points during the wash cycle and refusing to continue, sometimes sitting idle, sometimes washing endlessly, sometimes pumping endlessly - until the timer was manually clicked on.
At that point I called it a day and scrapped the machine. The replacement was /not/ a Zanussi.
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You cannot really expect Zanussi to honour a repair charge for something that went wrong 12 months after the warranty expired?
I'm (so far) very happy with my Zanussi - a WDJ1660 - after 6 years and 5/6 (can't remember) expensive repair bills for my super whizzy Hotpoint electronic washer dryer. It broke 1 month out of warranty, then a couple of years later and again and again (all different problems) then it literally destroyed itself. The entire set of mechanical parts within the machine were replaced :( The final nail was the electronic programmer. Having spent the last couple of years with a few programmes less than it should have, it just gave up. The "5 year parts are free" warranty with Hotpoint had expired and so I drove the machine to the tip :) Even though parts were free, the labour charge was quite steep!
AEG always come out high in reliability but I personally couldn't justify 2* the intial cost :( Bosch were also quoted as better than average. Zanussi were quoted as not far different so I took a chance. The machine looks great, has good energy ratings and is very quiet. So far a happy wash bunny!
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I do, actually, given that my perception is that I paid a premium at the time (10 years ago) for the Zanussi brand name and quality.
If I buy a 179 Chinkypoo widescreen TV from Kwik Save and it blows up after 18 months, I shrug my shoulders. If I spend four times the price on a high-range Toshiba or JVC set (see the widescreen tube thread), I expect the maker to stand behind their product even though it may notionally be out of warranty. Perhaps I'm just old-fashioned.
btw, Happy New Year to all!
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snipped-for-privacy@btopenworld.com (shrubby) wrote in message

Could be the dryer fan unit. My parents and I both have a WJD1265 and the fan unti on both of these stopped working - the service engineer for my parnets said it's a very common problem on these machines - the bearing can seize quite easily.
If you take the lid off the machine the fan is on the top, at the back on the right hand side, as you look at the it from the front. You'll see 2 pulleys connected by a belt - if this moves very easily then look elsewhere. If it is stiff then this could well be your problem.
I fixed mine by liveral application of WD40 to the spindle the rearmost pulley. Of course, I managed to lubricate the belt as well, but I cleaned that off with some methylated spirit. I found that to get it working again I had to start the machine in drying mode, and then give the pulley a helping hand, just to get started. After that it's worked fine.
Hope this helps
Neil
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snipped-for-privacy@the-joneses.org.uk (Neil Jones) wrote in message

Neil, Many thanks for your detailed response regarding this problem, the fan unit will be the first thing I'll check, always assuming I manage to get the lid off the machine!
Thanks also to the other respondees(?)for your thoughts on the matter.
Happy New Year! Brian Shrubsall
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