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Burning smell (electrical) from my washing machine

Dear Experts,
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.
Yours faithfully,
A

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  • Samalakas Oct 03, 2008

    Thank you for your prompt response, appreciated!


    May I ask for a little clarification though? 


    1) I looked through the Smeg spare parts website, and 'suppressor' and 'capacitor' are separate items. Is that so, and are they both located in the same place (where the mains cable goes, as you said)?


    2) I'm not sure from what you're saying whether I should replace the suppressor and/or capacitor, or fix it some other way. Please advise...


    3) I have attached pictures of the inside and outside of the mains box, for your convenience.


    Thank you very much for being so kind, I look forward to resolving this with your help!


    Kind regards,


    A













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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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