Just adding to the info here, almost a decade on since that first post and
I'm still keeping that same machine going!
Rather than do what I describe above, I subsequently realised how easy it w
as to remove the back of the machine to get much better access. Turn off po
wer and water and remove the hose. Remove the lid by taking out the two scr
ews and the back and sliding the lid back an inch to release it. Remove pla
stic caps at lower sides and undo the two bolts. Undo one bolt top back, th
ree at bottom. Undo the rear two bolts (of four in a row) on either side at
the top. Unclip the water/power entry panel and lift it up to free it, the
n slide off the entire back of the machine.
To remove the condenser box, undo the jubilee clip on the hose near the bot
tom. Unclip and pull out the rectangular water entry pipe from the top of t
he condenser box. Lift the big circular blower assembly upwards to free it
from the condenser (you won't break it) and bend and pull the condenser fre
e. Once it's free of the blower, a sharp tug will free it from the machine
and you can then use a hose pipe to wash all the crap out of it. Also clear
out the black flexible pipe with the jubilee clip and remove dried on lint
from the temperature sensor inside it. Terrible bit of design really, no f
luff filter in the machine, so I've had to do this every couple of years.
The other things I've had to change are the belt on the blower and a couple
of times the three-way valve on the inlet has stopped letting water into t
he condenser - I've just ordered a second new one. Motor brushes needed rep
lacing last year, but after about 11 years that was hardly a surprise. Also
the paddles inside the drum broke up and I replaced those, which is a bit
fiddly and I documented how to do that here: http://www.ukwhitegoods.co.uk/
I hope this thread continues to be of use to others.