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Indesit washing machine trips ELCB when starting

Runs ok when earth cable is detached.

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take rear bottom panel off, take wires off heater and tape up and see if fault goes away. if so heater is faulty to earth

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Indesit iwc61651 washer starts up and begins wash then trips electrics 5 mins in it will spin and drain completely but won't finish a wash will a new top board and panel correct this issue?

It sounds like there is a short circuit on the heater or within the heater circuit. Remove the wires from the heater and using a test meter place one lead on one of the terminals (not the earth terminal) and the other lead on the heater case, this should give you a reading if there is a short circuit in the element itself.

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Forgot to open water supply for my new washing machine and when it started flashing I only realized the problem.As soon as it washes it trips my main switch and says Earth Leakage????Please help!!!!!

Hello Dora,

An Earth-leakage circuit breaker (ELCB) is a safety device used in electrical installations with high Earth impedance to prevent shock. It detects small stray voltages on the metal enclosures of electrical equipment, and interrupts the circuit if a dangerous voltage is detected.

You should have an appliance service person come out for a service call since there may be a dangerous shock hazard present on the machine.


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Machine keeps tripping out when starting wash cycle - electrics have been checked by electrician - no problems- have managed to get it to spin but not to wash


The washing machine is obviously drawing too much current for the breaker to handle. This could be due to the washing machine drawing more that it should or because the breaker cannot handle the current the machine needs, coupled with the other machines on the ring main. If the fuse on the plug of the washing machine does not blow, then it could be that there are too many appliances on the ring main. The fuse on the machine may not blow however, if the breaker has a faster blow time than the fuse in the plug. Try plugging the washing machine into another ring main. Or try plugging out all the other appliances on the same ring main and test it out.

If the ELCB (Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker) is tripping only when the washing machine is running then something in the machine is faulty.

One common problem is the heating element. Over time they tend to crack and when the water gets in, the ELCB will trip out. This can be problematic to diagnose as offten the element will only trip after a period of heating. Bottom line, if it is tripping the ELCB then it is dangerous and should be fixed before any further use.

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After switching on time elcb tripping

UPS systems by their very design leak current from the input filters to ground.

Some UPS systems will not work on earth leakage equipment.

You could try it on a regular socket, it may work just fine.

Of course, if their is any doubt consult a competent technician first.

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Washing machine starts the cycle runs for about 5 minutes the trips out (seems to short out tripping our eletricity.

you haven't said make or model, however, probability is that the heater is short to earth from mechanical damage usually ie washing coins etc. remove heater and check

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Machine does not start and trips the ELCB

most of the time its the element but check to see if theres any water leaks onto the motor element or could also be a worn wire touching the frame.hope this helps.

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Indesit D41 dishwasher problem

If things trip as soon as you turn the machine on, rather than waiting until partway through the cycle, then I guess you probably don't have the usual earth fault, which is a degraded heater element. The fact that things only trip with the door shut isn't all that bizarre - there's an interlock to shut the machine off when you open the door (stops interfering toddlers getting a scalding shower) - sounds like your earth fault is downstream of this. Once you've eliminated the element, and with a history of a house move, then there's every liklihood that whatever's causing your problem is going to be visible to the naked eye. With the power and water off, have a good look around inside the back and underneath. I reckon there are three things you should be checking for: 1. Wires that have become dislodged during the move or had metalwork bent into them (concentrate on the underside of the machine, where a mover's trolley might have got in and done some harm 2. Major lumps of machinery having become dislodged by the dishwasher getting dropped. 3. Moisure (especially salt water from the ion exchange bed) which has got swilled around in places it shouldn't have by movers tipping the machine on its side. For 1 and 2, fix what you see, then see what happens. For 3, wash out any salt contamination, let all freshwater dry out thoroughly (so leave it for three times as long as you think it's going to take) then plug it in and see what happens. A.

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