This afternoon an elderly neighbour telephoned to ask for help.
Her washing machine door would not open. I know they have electromechanical
door locks but haven't got involved with them for many a year.
The machine is a Hotpoint Aquarius of some desc., about 2 years old.
Nipped round to have a look. Filled with washing & no sign of standing
She said that she had run the cycle twice, in case that would help.
No lights showing on control panel.
I turned the control knob to 'pump out' (or similar) and pressed the power
button. Lights on the dashboard and it started to pump.
A couple of minutes later there was a click & I opened the door.
I can only presume that she had pressed the power button to off between end
of cycle and time delayed door release.
Am I right in this or is it a sign of impending problems?
Normally the door lock is a thermal timer that heats up to lock when
power is applied by asking the machine to do anything then when power is
removed, it cools and opens a couple of mins later. So once the machine
has been static for a while it should be openable
It is just possible that newer electronically programmed machines might
just do the door lock in software but the old thermal ones are cheap and
reliable and usually fail safe and I would not expect them to have been
changed in latest machines.
Very, very occasionally I have had this type of lock not open when cold (once on
mine, and once someone else's in a newsgroups). A gentlish thump on the machine
next to the lock and it opens...
Sometimes they can get stuck and do kind of get out of sync with the
I would watch it and see if it does it again.
I have a feeling they are on a time delay, but it could just as easily be
that the part that should have finished the job did not action for some
Was it one of the mechanical programmers as they can and do get stuck, but
surely not after just two years unless this person washes the kit for a team
of footballers every day !
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