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Zanussi electrolux washing machine zwf1431w

Washing machine keeps stopping mid wash and coming up error 20 zanussi ZWF 1637w keeps stopping and reporting E20 as a fault, how do i fix this?

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  • itchysb Dec 31, 2008

    the machine is not draining and it still has a load in it how do i get the load out

  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    I've had the same E20 error initially during the Synthetics wash but now stopping during all washes approximately every 1-3 minutes on our ZWF1431S.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    an e20 error on my simpson washing machine

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    error 2 keep coming up on a bush washing machine what caurses it

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    stop washing machine



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Error E20 means the machine has failed to pump out. 1st check the filter at the bottom right hand side there may still be water inside if so pull the grey tab to the left of the filter there should be a thin hose extend it put it into a shallow dish and pull the cap off to let the water drain this may be a slow process. When the filters out look into the hole with a torch to see if any obstructions in the pump impeller this looks like a cross. If the filters and pump are clear it may be the pump has failed.

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