We have a Bosch Maxx plus WFO2260 washing machine, probably about 6 years
old. I changed the brushes a few months ago as it was not turning at all.
It's was then fine up till now.
It will not spin properly. It starts picking up speed but then 'gives up'
and stops for a moment, then does it all again, over and over.
It drains well, so that's not the problem. I'd suspect the brushes but they
are relatively new and anyway, it would not be spinning at all - or would
Any advice gratefully received.
A different brand has a microswitch that stops the spin if the bowl
moves sideways too much while spinning. In my case that was because
there was supposed to be a spring
holding the bowl away from the microswitch, and the spring had broken.
Out of interest, where is such a microswitch typically positioned? I
have suspected that it is the reason stupidly large towels don't always
spin to the point they don't drip. I just hang them up outside on the
line to drip for a while if not needed in a rush. Never discovered such
a switch even during a virtually complete dismantle for drum bearing
change on an AEG. All that remained was the detergent drawer and PCB
(unsprung parts at front top of machine), and the pump (unsprung at the
In an F&P top loader, the switch is at top right, and the bowl bangs
on it when it's unevenly loaded. The top plastic moulding has to be
removed. Underneath it are extremely sharp edges.
That is probably a penalty for trying to fix your own machine.
In my Hotpoint, it wasn't a microswitch, but detected by the speed
servo in the motor as it slowly increases the speed to spread the
clothes immediately prior to stepping up to the spin speeds. It could
detect imbalance due to more clothes on one side of the drum, but not
imbalance due do clothes being at the front on one side and the rear
on the other side, as that doesn't cause a speed up and slow down each
time the drum turns, although that mode of imbalance didn't matter as
It would have up to 3 goes to distribute the clothes evenly, and after
the third failure, it still went on to spin, but dropped the max spin
speed down to 1000RPM (from 1400RPM).
In my newer Hotpoint (which is really an Indesit as Hotpoint no longer
exists), I haven't worked out how it's done, as I haven't seen it fail
to distribute the clothes evenly yet. It's always done a superb job of
getting the load distributed, and then gone on to spin at 1600RPM.
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wonder if the sensor? that detects an uneven load has failed so it thinks
the load is uneven so stops (allowing load to fall in to new position) and
starts again but if the sensor? is duff it just repeats - I asume it washed
or you are trying to wash just a single thick bath mat like i did once, it
must have weighed 5 kilo's due to all the water it had absorbed when i took
it out of the machine after watching it try to balance the load about 20
times in a row,
wrung it out, and it balanced and spun the rest out,
tho i was tempted to find another 5 kilo weighing object to bung in the
washer to balance the wet mat with, but when the GF realised why i'd asked
how much one of her cats weigh, she put a stop to it :)
Has it a balance sensor, also some control boards on washing machines have
dodgy joints around things like relay pins that drop the volts and may make
sensors think its not behaving as it should. Got to love all this
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These machines have a load sensor in them. They try to detect if the load is
distributed evenly before spinning, and if not will behave as you describe to
try and redistribute the clothes.
If the sensor is faulty, the machine is not level or the pcb is damaged then
you will see the machine continuously trying to redistribute the clothes.
Ours started doing this and is about the same age, I went on the Bosch
website and they offer a fixed price repair (based on time/materials) or a 12
month service contract which was about the same price. We went for the 12
month service contract and they ended up visiting 3 times, first checking the
balance of the machine, then changing the heating element as it was scaled
and the guy wondered if it wasn't heating properly, then on the last visit
they changed the PCB and load sensors as well. Works fine now. Much cheaper
than a new machine or paying for the repair visits and we still have the
balance of the 12 month maintenance contract should any further problems
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