I fixed the washing machine today, it was vibrating like a good'un, I found
the bolts holding the concrete weight to the drum had worked loose. Anyway,
I tightened them, all seemed Ok, I put everything back together. The Mrs
said she wouldn't be using it till tomorrow, so I thought no more about it,
a test can wait. So tonight she said it's not working. As soon as she said
it, I knew what was wrong. I hadn't turned the water back on at the feed
pipes. So I turned them on and it seems OK so far, but is it likely to have
done any harm?
Unlikely to have caused any harm. Sensors in the machine detect when
sufficient water at the correct temperature has entered the machine. If
the water is turned off the sensors will decide there is insufficient
water at the correct temperature and refuse to proceed.
It depends on the machine. Ours is a Servis. I disconnected the pipes and
the mains lead, pulled it out from under the worktop, and leaned it forwards
at 45 deg against the wall. Looking underneath the machine, there is a
concrete lump at the bottom of the drum, and I could easily see it was
loose, and there was a pile of cement dust on the floor. After checking what
was fixed to what I also took the back off. Problem is the weight is
obviously fixed to the drum and then the whole deal is fitted in the body of
the machine. The bolt heads (10mm) face forwards and there is very little
room to work. I had to lift the weight up about an inch, hold it there, and
tighten the first of the bolts. There is also a weight at the top, but this
was OK. At the bottom of the drum are two small shock absorbers, just like
car ones only smaller, and these are obviously leaking, and I'm going to see
if they're available. Whether the leaking dampers caused the weight to come
loose, or the loose weight caused the dampers to leak is the question.
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