Question about Smeg WD16BA Front Load Washer / Dryer
Here's a quick background to my problem:
I believe it may have started from having an unbalanced load in the drum (a heavy bath mat, though the total load was rather light). The machine made a relatively loud, hollow 'pop', which happened I believe in the first stages of the cycle (after the machine had finished loading water, and the wash had begun). Then the machine seemed to have died: It switched off, and there was no power indication - red light was off). Assuming the fuse had failed, I unloaded the machine, removed it from its housing, changed the fuse, and switched the machine back on. It then switched on successfully, and immediately burned the fuse again and died. I then used a little pipe at the bottom front to drain the water that was sitting still in the drum, replaced the fuse again, and started the machine. It now seems to work fine, except it now makes a clicking noise (which I think comes from the motor), and a burning smell ('electrical' I think) follows shortly afterwards. Let me mention that I opened the back panel and the belt is fine.
Summary of symptoms: 1) the 'clicking' noise, 2) the burning smell, and (forgot to mention) 3) the red light (power indicator) in the front of the machine is always off now, even when I turn the machine on and it seems to be otherwise working fine...
Any assistance would GREATLY appreciated.
Many thanks in advance, and thank you for your time.
Possibly the suppressor capacitor. take lid off and trace where mains input is connected and that is the suppressor. they sometimes go pop
other possibility is the neon burnt out
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If you notice a burningsmell in your washing machine, the cause could be any number of things. Regardless, this is one smell you shouldn't ignore. It's important to quickly diagnose the problem and find the solution.
The "Burning Belt" Smell
Older, top-loading washing machines use a belt drive to transport energy from the motor to the transmission and pump. The belt can prevent costly repairs to the motor or transmission by slipping, stretching, or breaking if there is a malfunction in the machine. If the belt slips, stretches, or breaks, it can cause friction and a burning smell, most likely a burning "rubber" smell.
The solution is actually quite simple: you need to replace the drive belt on your washing machine. You can call a repairperson or, if your washer is under warranty, the manufacturer. If you or someone you know is handy, you can replace the belt yourself. The belt is located either from the back access panel or from the underside of the washer.
Most new washing machine models are "direct drive." This means they do not use a belt. The motor is directly connected to the transmission. If you have a direct drive machine and your washer smells like it is burning, read on.
If your washer smells and you have a direct drive machine, it may be the motor, transmission, or both. If these are shot on your washing machine, the result may be an electrical burning smell. Both are necessary to run your washing machine and can be costly to repair. The first thing to do if you notice an "electrical" smell in your washing machine and not a "rubber" burning smell, is to unplug the machine and call the manufacturer or a repairperson.
An electrical burning smell may also be caused by a water leak coming into contact with electrical wiring. Both are major concerns and should be addressed immediately. A water leak can cause structural damage in your home and can short out the electrical wiring in your washer and cause additional damage to the machine.
Another more likely cause of a burning smell in your washer is overloading. Adding too many clothes to your washing machine can stress the motor or transmission, causing them to overheat or malfunction and emit a burning smell. For top load washers, overloading can cause the agitator to freeze or malfunction, stressing the drive belt and causing friction, which could emit a burning rubber smell.
To prevent overloading, know the size of your washer. They are measured in cubic feet. In addition, know how many towels, pants, shirts, and other items you can safely load. When it doubt, do smaller loads. Not only will this prevent overstressing the machine, it will also ensure clothes are thoroughly cleaned and rinsed.
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