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Not working plug into 240 v instead of 110 v The appliance overheated What problems need to be resolved?

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  • khalawan555 Oct 23, 2008

    Thank you, Same answer expected. I am opening up.Regards

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Dear Khalawan555,
All you did is damage to the electric part of the machine. This mostly means that the electric motor is damaged. But if the machine is recently bought, you still have the pump system all intact.
All you need is a new electric motor or if possible, rewinding the old electric motor.
Check if this is worth the money. In my expirience, changing an electric motor is more cheaper then buying a new machine. Very important if you decide to buy a new machine try to buy the same model, because you will have plenty valuable spares available from your old machine.
Regards,
MG.

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You most likely destroyed the pump. But if you are lucky, you can open the unit and look for a fuse. It will be on the circuit board in the unit or possibly in line with the power wire. It will be a thermal fuse that is wrapped in a teflon mesh cover. If there is no fuse, then chances are the unit will be a loss unless you know someone handy in electronics.

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