My Fisher & Paykel Smart Drive washing machine (13-15 years old) wont pump water out... it just makes a buzzing sound. seems like there may be a blockage somewhere in the pump inlet?? I've taken the top off, but can't get the spinner out. there are three screws way down in the middle of the spinner... should I try to undo them. i'm worried they could be hard to put back in.
Did one of these for a mate the other day, removed the four bolts on the pump on the bottom of the drum, one of them is in a ***** of a place (pump has a red fan on the bottom of it) found 3 coins in there. Also removed the drain hose and found gunk jammed up in there, cleaned it out, good as new! When I pulled it apart I took the whole drum out of the machine (big mistake) it's a lot easier to turn it on its side, and I say side because if you lie it on its back I'd say the water in the drum will pour straight into the circuit board
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the buzzing noise is the pump trying to work, but it cannot due to a blockage. unplug the washer and you can lean the washer backwards and remove the pump to unblock. the fill error is probably unrelated, and is an inlet valve issue.
Check your pump with a multimeter for correct reading
230V AC Pump 50Hz 33Ohms +/- 8% @ 20oC
110V AC Pump 60Hz 7Ohms +/- 8% @ 20oC
Also check for blockages that may stop pump from turning.
Disconnect from power & Bail out all the water you can before removing pump.
Sounds like a blocked pump (turn on, advance thru to spin, press start- do you hear a humming noise? if yes, pump is blocked).
Disconnect from power.
Manually bucket as muh water out of machine as you can. Then lean machine over so you can access underneath machine.
Drain pump located right front- it has a kind of fan blade at the bottom. This fan blade should turn very easily- if not, there is a blockage.
-To remove pump, remove plug wires from pump (1 plug with 2 wires, 1 plug with 1 earth wire). Then there is a white plastic tag located at the top of pump-pull this gently towards you, and turn whole pump assy anti-clockwise. Pump assy will drop out easily- do not force (note- water will come out too- put down some towels!!) Remove any blockage from pump, and reach fingers into bowl where pump has come from to check for any blockages. If OK, reassemble and retry.
Check the water pump for an obstruction in the chamber area, your pump may be sticking and that will cause the buzzing sound. The water pump runs during the fill portion of the cycle on several of the selected wash cycles to recirculate the water.
Spin the fan on water pump (you can acess with difficulty from bottom of washer) if it has a little sand in it, it may clear. It is possible to remove water pump if mechanically minded and see if something small eg staple or 5c coin is stuck in it if this dosn't work or you may find you need to replace water pump.
not familliar with that exact model number ( we dont have that over here in the US) we have simalair f&p gwl10- gwl11) that problem sounds as if either the pump is bad and overheating before pumping all the water or a diverter valve is not fully closing allowing water to remain in tub.
We had the same problem with ours. I took out the steel tub and found there was a lot of lint blocking the pump (at the bottom of the plastic tub).
There is a screw holding the pump cover. Once you remove this you can check it properly for blockages.