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When I switch on my lg top loader, the machine starts and then trips my earth leakage switch, leaving me without any electricity.

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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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the tripping indicates a electrical problem and is tripping out before some one gets electrocuted.

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without more info it is difficult to suggest remedies.
possibilities include water leaking onto electrics in the machine, or a faulty heater element in the bottom of the drum causing earth leakage tripping the breakers.
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it would help if you could tell us if there is a particular point in the cycle when the problem occurs.

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