Tip & How-To about Fisher and Paykel IWL12 Top Load Washer

Mildew smell, gray streaks, won't drain, puddles on floor, burnt motor smell

I have had various issues with my fisher paykel top loader (GWL10US) and didn't realize they were all due to a plugged drain. I had mildew smell from excess water that never drained, gray streaks on clothes from dirt and residue that remained in tub, water left in tub and wet clothes after spin cycle, puddles on floor, and finally it wouldn't drain at all and the motor smelled hot/burned out.

This was all caused by a sock that got in between the outer/inner tub and went to the lowest part of the drain and finally blocked things so a leak was created and water dripped into the motor and caused a burn out.

To repair, bail water out of washer and unplug the washer. Tip machine back so you can see the motor/white plastic housing unit (pump) on bottom of washer. Where this unit attaches to the bottom of the washer, look for a clip/tab that you can pull with your finger (like a childproof cap) and twist the unit off the machine and unplug the connectors (there are 2). Once this unit is removed, you will see a quarter-sized hole into the bottom of the wash tub. this is where i found the elusive SOCK and pulled it through the hole.

When you order the "pump" it comes as one unit--motor and white plastic--and you twist it back onto the machine and plug in the connectors.

another website I've found helpful is ths.gardenweb.com/forum/laundry

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YOU NEED TO CHECK IF THERE IS NOTHING STUCK IN THE PUMP AS NOT DRAINING ALL THE WATER IS A SIGN THAT THE PUMP IS NOT DRAINING COMPLETLY.GOODLUCK. MOHAMED

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