Our 3 year old Hoover AM110 washing machine is no longer doing the fast spin
at the end of the wash.. the clothes are therefore coming out soaking wet.
When removed, the filter was clean but about half a pint of water came out
of the filter when the plug was removed. Can anyone advise on the solution?
Is there a sensor that tells the machine to spin?
it constantly sounds as though the pump is running trying to get more water
out. The belt is ok and the little reservoir on the back is empty and
clear. The water pipes all seem clear. It's as though the machine still
thinks that there is water in it and therefore won't kick off the spin
This might sound silly Nigel, but the pump might just be blocked at the
outlet hose. Something silly like a coin or a screw washer might be stuck
in the pipe. Try blowing quite hard down the waste outlet pipe till you
hear the water that always left in the machine bubbling.
Is the machine emptying water at all ? Or is it very slow at emptying ?
The most common blockage of the pipe to the pump is a wire from an
underwired bra, so ask the little lady or the daughter is they're missing
It could be the pressure switch itself that's gone a bit wonky. Try this
Turn the water valves off. Remove the little pipe off the top of the little
plastic bottle on the back of the drum and lift it away from anything that
might catch it if the machine is running. Close the door on the machine and
set it to cool wash cycle. The machine should try to fill with water at
this stage so make sure the water valve are turned right off. Now blow,
quite hard, up the little hose. The machine should click and start to go
into it wash cycle. Release the pressure on the pipe and the machine should
start trying to fill up again.
If this all works correctly, then try the same test with the little pipe
back on the bottle. But this time, turn the water on and let it actually
fill up till it goes into its wash cycle.
When these two tests are OK, then the problem is definitely with the pump
and pipes going to it or coming from it.
Nigel I am willing to bet, bet mind you, that you have a blockage in the
outlet hose. Let's say two quid.
As a rider I'll make it an extra quid that it is a black woolen sock
And it's probably near the top of the hose. Oh hose! Socks are often
referred to as hosiery so that's quite amusing isn't it. Isn't it?
Anyway, it's quite an easy fix.
And they are good socks.
If is making the 'schunk schunk schunk' noise you normally get before a spin
then the pump is sucking air and water in and has emptied all the water out
that it can.
This rules out blockages in the outlet pipe etc. and points to the sensor
which detects when the water is all out.
Not familiar with this specific model.
Most machines have sensors (often at the top of the machine, connected to
the bottom of the machine by a thin plastic pipe) which (I think) measure
pressure differences in the long thin pipe.
The sensor works out when an empty machine has been filled (increased
pressure) and when the full machine has been emptied (decreased pressure).
Both measurement are vital because other wise the machine will not realise
it is full and keep filling and overflow, or will not realise it is empty
and refuse to spin.
Problems I have seen with my collection of ageing washing machines are
normally associated with this pipe.
If the pipe is partially blocked (by filth, slime, undisolved washing powder
etc.) it will detect the pressure increase and so not overfill, but will
remain pressurised for a while after the water has emptied.
This usually results in the machine refusing to spin.
However if you leave it for a while (a few minute, or longer for a really
gunged pipe) then try and get it to spin again it will often spin.
The long term fix is to get at the pipe, remove and clean it and also clean
the bit where it connects to the washing machine.
This normally involves removing bits of washing machine outer casing and
laying the washing machine down on its side to get at the underneath.
Obviously disconnect electricity and water, and beware of spillages.
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