Question about Hotpoint Aquarius WD63 Front Load Washer/Dryer

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Machine fuses house RCD if a drying cycle is selected

Hi there, I a having a problem with my WD63 washer dryer, the machine works fine in the wash mode (even on the hot washes)at the end of every wash it trips the power in my house and if i select any drying progam (even if there is a wash cycle first) the the machine just trips the power. can anyone suggest what might be causing this, Many thanks in advance LT

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  • luke tre May 19, 2007

    thanks for that i will try it next week when i get a chance thanks for replying so quickly

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Suggest you turn the power off, remove the top cover, diconnect the live and neutral connections to the dryer element (likely to be two of each flavour of connection if the machine has high and low dry settings). Pop a bit of insulating tape around the wire ends so you don't short anything out. Now try to put the machine through a drying cycle. If it works (albeit cold) without tripping the house power, you need a new dryer element. If the house power still trips, turn the power off again and without reconnecting the element wires, disconnect and tape the live and neutral wires from the blower motor. Again, try to run a drying cycle. If this stops the house power tripping, then it looks like a motor problem (though this would be quite unusual). If the house power still trips, you need to have a careful look at all the wiring between the main timer, the dryer timer, any hi/lo heat switch, the blower motor and the element with its associated thermostats and thermal cutouts (all located near the element on the air duct). Look in particular for chafes where wires go round corners, and where wiring crosses from the case to the suspended machinery in the middle of the machine. Pop any follow-on queries in the comments section of this question - I'll keep half an eye on it. A.

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