How to remove stale smell from a washing machine?
From the washing machine we traditionally expect clean laundry, fragrant with freshness. We choose fragrant powders and rinse powders that are pleasant to the sense of smell but sometimes it is all in vain: the washing machine suddenly begins to emit an unpleasant smell. Sometimes it can be felt only from the machine, but in especially bad cases, the freshly washed clothes start to smell musty. What happened to your faithful assistant and what to do now??
With laundry, if the smell has spread to it, alas, you will have to work manually: rinse in the bathtub with conditioner. But with the machine that put you in such an unpleasant situation. to deal with. There can be many reasons for the bad smell in the washing machine.
The fact that the heating element in the washing machine is not working can be found out not at once, but after some time. That is, even if the heating element is not working, the washing machine will work as usual. First, you need to know what could indicate that there is a problem with the heating element, then you will have a reason to check the heating element of the washing machine. There are several such signs:
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When working, the machine gives error codes related to heating;
Please note! If you find at least one of the above symptoms, you should know that a blown heating element may be the cause. To confirm or disprove this fact, check its performance.
If the heating element is working, then the cause should be looked for in something else:
Good to know! Do not ignore the failures in the operation of the washing machine, if it does not reach, or very long washes, do not shift everything to the electronics. This machine does not malfunction, but asks for help.
Further in our article we will tell you how the heating element of the washing machine works.
The circuit breaker or RCD knocks out when you turn on the washing machine. How to find a solution without a multimeter.
What to do if, after a period of undisturbed operation, you began to break the circuit breaker or RCD in the circuit box when you turn on the washing machine?
Not everyone wants to rush to the service center, especially when the warranty is over. Yes, and the transportation of such a large-sized equipment is not an ordinary thing.
In most cases, to identify a breakdown and eliminate the cause can be their own hands. The main thing to know what to check and how to do.
And with a competent approach, you can identify the cause of the shutdown even without special measuring devices. There are several common symptoms and cases, let’s consider them in order.
Where to Start Troubleshooting? First of all, you don’t have to go straight out and disassemble the machine. Maybe it had nothing to do with it, but it was the socket, the wiring or the automatic.
How to find out? Plug a load of about the same capacity into the same socket. For example an electric kettle and see how the circuit breaker behaves.
If it blows out again, it has nothing to do with the washing machine. You need to look for the fault:
If it doesn’t shut off, it’s probably the appliance itself that’s to blame. To be 100% sure of this, temporarily connect it to another socket, not connected to the bathroom line.
True, several conditions must be met here:
You can’t permanently plug in the washing machine through a power strip.
The thing is, if you turn the plug 180 degrees, it often stops tripping.
Only if all of the above conditions are met, in the case of a failure of the washing machine, it will knock out a different circuit breaker or RCD.
By the way, when you have not allocated line for a trimmer on the toilet, and at the same machine are sitting and other outlets, before all manipulations and checks, be sure to disconnect all extraneous load.
Suddenly it turns out that the cause is not the washing machine at all, but other equipment connected in parallel.
So, if you find that without a machine in the socket does not disconnect anything. Looking for leaks or short circuit to it.
Turn off the automatic circuit breaker, check the absence of voltage in the socket and disassemble it for visual inspection.
It is very important that only moisture-proof sockets are used for washing machines in the bathroom. Otherwise you will be guaranteed a contact oxidation and permanent actuation of RCD or automatic breaker.
If you open a simple socket, all of its contacts and the body itself will be permanently wet. In this case, the RCD can trip spontaneously, even at idle when nothing is connected in the bathroom.
To be able to work with such a socket, you will have to keep the exhaust fan in the bathroom.
Also, condensation often forms inside machines with a washing temperature of no more than 40 degrees. In this mode, and rinsing in cold water, the moisture droplets settle first on the inner walls, and then they get to the electrical contacts.
If the damage will be in the socket, you will definitely see it by the soot and burnt contacts.
Well, if you have not found anything suspicious here, then check the cable.
If it is a good idea, this is done with a special device. megohmmeter.
The ends on both sides of the cable are unscrewed and the insulation is removed.
The problem is that not even all electricians have such a meter at home. What can be said about ordinary consumers.
How can you do without it?? Modern home switchboard in most apartments and private homes, no longer consists of only two switches or caps.
There are at least ten switchgear devices, if not more.
All you need to check. is to throw the cable going to the outlet in the bathroom under the washing machine, for another device of similar rating.
To do this, for greater safety you disconnect the general input and check the absence of voltage in the control panel.
Article “What is glass in the hatch?
The inventors of washing machines invented to insert glass into the loader door to better see what happens during the washing. Watching the washing process, we do not think about the fact that the glass is dangerous: even with minor defects, it can burst. And if at this moment the machine is washing with a high water temperature (let’s say 85 degrees)!), you know what can happen. Conventional glass is produced in continuous bath ovens. At the first stage of glass melting. silicate formation. Alkaline components form silicates with some silica that melt already at 1000°C. 1200° С. The mass formed is not homogeneous in composition and is saturated with gas bubbles. Removal of bubbles from the melt is carried out in the second, most time-consuming stage of glass melting. glass formation. The third and final stage. Studka. Glass properties are determined first and foremost by the composition of its oxides. The main glass-forming oxides are silica, phosphorus and boron, and are therefore called silicate, phosphate or borate glasses. The overwhelming majority of industrial glasses are silicate glasses. The strength of glass products depends not only on its composition, but also on a number of other factors: method of production, heat treatment mode, surface condition, the size of the product. Low glass tensile and bending strength is caused by microcracks and other defects on its surface. Various technological methods are used to increase the strength of glass: raising the annealing temperature, hardening, etching and combined methods, coating the surface with different films, microcrystallization, reinforcement, triplexing, etc. The glass used in washing machines is the most common. The thickness of glass is about 5-7 mm. Let’s name the main reasons that lead to the fact that the glass cracks. The main reason, no matter how banal it is. mechanical effect. Simply put, something is knocked on the glass, often laundry carts play this role. To exclude this, firstly, you need to be careful. Secondly, you can initially at the design stage of the laundry room to exclude the moment when the cart can damage the glass. This is where the professionalism of a laundry equipment sales specialist comes in.The next reason, although the probability of it is very small. is a factory defect: there is a small air bubble, which over time develops into a crack. It can be caused by the big backlash of a drum (big vibrations), which in turn can be caused by the wear and tear of shock absorbers. But there are also dramatic situations. Here is one example. The glass on the washing machine with a load of 20 kg burst. It happened after the drum hatch glass gasket was replaced, so the first thing the engineer questioned was the quality of the new gasket and the quality of the work to replace it. A detailed disassembly turned out: the car has a small rubber gasket put on the bezel, which serves to protect the hands from cuts on the edge of the bezel. So, it broke off in one place and got between the drum and the window gasket and prevented the hatch from closing. Closing the hatch required the efforts of two people. And since when you install a new gasket at first the door, of course, closes a bit tight, the workers decided that it should be so. Among other things, this was on the night shift. All in all, “there is power. no brains.”. The glass in the next wash didn’t hold and cracked in the place where the gasket from the false panel was in the way. And more about the hatch glass gasket. Some engineers ask a question: “Is it necessary to put a new gasket on the sealant?” I say, “NO.”. In order for the gasket to perform its functions, you should not do this, some people are over-insured, but it. their business. If the gasket is already worn out and you need to fix the leak, you can turn the gasket or put a cambrick on the edge of the glass. But this is a TEMPORARY solution, it is still better to order a new gasket. When removing and putting on the gasket should not use metal objects. that’s my advice to you.
Article “What is the glass of the hatch?
The makers of washing machines invented to put glass in the load hatch to better see what happens during the washing. Watching the washing process, we do not think about the fact that the glass is dangerous: even if it has small defects, it can burst. And if at this point in the machine is washing with a high temperature of water (say 85 degrees!), you know what can happen. Conventional glass is produced in continuous bath ovens. At the first stage of glass melting. silicate formation. Alkaline components form silicates with some silica which can already melt at 1000°C. 1200° С. The mass formed is not homogeneous in composition and is saturated with gas bubbles. Removal of bubbles from the melt is carried out at the second, most time-consuming stage of glass melting. glass formation. The third and final stage. studio. Glass properties are determined primarily by the composition of its oxides. The main glass-forming oxides are silica, phosphorus and boron, accordingly, glasses are called silicate, phosphate or borate glasses. overwhelming majority of industrial glasses are silicate. The strength of glass products depends not only on its composition, but also on a number of other factors: method of production, heat treatment mode, surface condition, the size of the product. The low tensile and bending strength of glass is caused by microcracks and other defects on its surface. To increase glass durability various technological methods are applied: increase of annealing temperature, hardening, etching and combined methods, coating the surface with different films, microcrystallization, reinforcing, triplex and others. The glass used in washing machines is the most common. The thickness of the glass is about 5-7 mm. Let’s name the main reasons which lead to the fact that the glass cracks. The main one, as banal as it may seem. mechanical effect. Simply put, the glass is hit with something, laundry carts are often in this role. To exclude it, firstly, you have to be careful. Secondly, you can initially at the design stage of the laundry exclude the moment when the cart can damage the glass. This is where the professionalism of a laundry equipment sales specialist comes into play.The next reason, though the probability is very small. It is a factory defect: there is a small air bubble that eventually develops into a crack. This can be contributed to by a large backlash of the drum (large vibrations), which in turn can be caused by worn shock absorbers. But there are also dramatic situations. Here’s one example. The window of a washing machine with a load capacity of 20 kg broke. This happened after the drum hatch glass gasket was replaced, so the first thing the engineer questioned was the quality of the new gasket and the quality of the work to replace it. A detailed disassembly revealed: the machine has a small rubber strip on the bezel, which serves to protect the hands from cuts on the edge of the bezel. So, in one place it came off, got between the drum and the glass gasket and prevented the hatch from closing. Closing the door required the effort of two people. And since the first time the door naturally closes a little bit tight when the new gasket is installed, the workers decided that it should be that way. Among other things, this was on the night shift. In general, “the force is. mind is not necessary”. The glass in another wash did not hold up and cracked in the place where the gasket from the trim panel was in the way. And one more thing about the gasket glass hatch. Some engineers ask the question, “Should you put a new gasket on the sealant??”I say NO.”. In order for the gasket to perform its function, it is not necessary to do this, some people over-insure, but it. it’s up to them. If the gasket is already worn out and you need to fix the leak, you can turn the gasket or put a cambric on the edge of the glass. But this is a TEMPORARY solution, it is still better to order a new gasket. At removal and dressing of the gasket it is not necessary to apply metal subjects. is my advice to you.
Where is the heating element in the washing machine??
The heater can be located in different parts of the body of the washing machine. It depends on the brand and model of washing machine (SM). Only the manufacturer can know exactly where the element is located in your model. But we will tell you how to find and replace the heating element.
Inspect the housing of the SM. Usually the heating element is located where the wall is larger. This can be the front or back of front-loading machines. Presumably, the models “Ariston”, “Indesit”, “Ardo”, Candy, Electrolux, Zanussi have the heating element at the back.
In Bosch, Siemens, Samsung, AEG washing machines. in the front part.
In “Hansa” machines with vertical loader the element is on the side of the plinth. It is not difficult to disassemble it with your own hands.
If you think that the front and back panels are the same size, then first remove the back cover. Because to disassemble the front part you will need to remove a lot of elements.
look for the heater in the housing
In Beko washing machines, the tubular electric heater is located in the standard location for automatic machines. under the tank. It is not difficult to get to the heating element: it is enough to disconnect the device from a network and water supply, to open the case, to take off a back panel, to remove a driving belt and to look closely. Just under the bottom of the drum will be the element you are looking for. a rounded metal “plate” with many connected wires.
It is unreal to confuse the heating element with a motor or other element of the washing machine. it is always under the tank and surrounded by wiring. This is the first thing that catches your eye after disassembling the dispenser.
If it is not difficult to find and replace the heater, then with the determination of the cause of failure often problems arise. The heating element fails due to a variety of problems, and it is recommended to carry out a comprehensive diagnosis of the appliance before work. As a rule, the following malfunctions lead to “heat failures”:
- sudden surges in voltage in the network;
- incorrect operation of the temperature sensor of the heating element;
- overheating of the device due to a thick layer of scale (if the water in the water supply is dirty or too hard);
- water on the contacts;
- human inattention or mistake;
- manufacturing defect.
Most of the time the heating element burns out due to a power surge.
In most cases, replacing the faulty heating element will fix the problem. Worse, if the “guilty” is the control board. Improperly operating module, for example, due to damaged “tracks” or loose contacts, should be repaired separately. However, it is strongly not recommended to independently repair the electronic unit. it is safer to apply to a service center.
Advice on how to get along longer without repairing your washing machine
The washing machine. a complex household appliance, but following simple rules of operation can make it work without problems for a long time.
- Such equipment often breaks down because of excessive vibration. The appliance should be placed on a hard and flat surface. The easiest option. to entrust the installation of equipment to professionals. the site will be checked with the help of a level.
- Articles are sorted not only into whites/colours but also into lighter/heavier items before washing. You should not load too many clothes, it is worth watching the amount in the tank.
- A special filter in the water inlet hose prevents limescale buildup. From time to time the washing machine still needs to be cleaned. The problem will be solved either by industrial products, which are designed to remove limescale, or by citric acid. Pour about 200 grams of crystals into the detergent compartment and run the machine in washing mode with high water temperature. This is also the best way to prevent mold. A sure sign of limescale is a musty smell coming from the machine.
- Foreign bodies in the machine can also cause a malfunction. If you hear a noise, rattle or a knock, it might be produced by a coin, a ball, a part of a zipper lock that came loose, etc. It is worth to check the serviceability of the locks and inspect the s before washing, removing everything from them. If the object is still in the machine, it can be removed either by yourself or with the help of a master. Most often it is in the drum or filter.
- The heating element should be regularly descaled, otherwise it will quickly overheat. It must also be replaced in time.
- When the washing is finished the drum door is not closed to let the machine dry. It’s easier to avoid fungus.
- The powder dispenser should be cleaned regularly. If clogged, it can lead to leakage. Do the same with the filter.
- Washing machine requires annual preventive inspection.
The rules are simple, but they will help to prolong the life of your household machine and avoid urgent repairs. When a malfunction is detected, we are here to help. One call. and in a short time the machine will be ready for use again.
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Can I do laundry if there is no hot water
Finally, a question that many users ask. It is worth noting that originally the washing machine was connected to the cold and hot water supply. The hot water was used for the extra rinse process. Simply connect the hot and cold inlet hoses to the cold water source with a connector.
Will the washing machine work if the water heater breaks? It will, but not as it should. If you want to wash with warm water when the water heater is broken, heat some water and pour it into the machine (assuming you’re using appliances with an upright load). On the other hand, you may find that you can get pretty decent results with cold water.
Why the washing machine does not use hot water? The inlet valve is the part in the washing machine that controls the flow of both hot and cold water. A problem with the valve can cause the washer not to fill properly or not fill at all. You can also check the valve to determine whether it has failed.
Do I Wash My Clothes in Hot Water Only? Washing clothes in hot water is great protection against germs. That’s why it’s important to use a high temperature wash when washing items that are potentially contaminated with germs.
So, having figured out how to check whether the washing machine heats water, as well as the causes of the heating element not working, you can begin to fix the problems.