Machine keeps tripping the fuse at the fuse box - WD61 Aquarius Hotpoint
My Hotpoint Aquarius WD61 will run for a will on drying cycles, spins or washes. However after about 15 to 30 minutes the machine trips the fuse at the fuse box. After resetting the fuse the machine will then trip the fuse instantly on any type of wash, dry or spin cycle.
Once left for an hour or two you are back to square one were the machine works for about 15 - 30 minutes.
I have checked inside & out and their is nothing obviously wrong. Any help would be well received.
I have the exactly the same problem as you Donna, I have checked my plug and it is a 13 amp which is the correct one. I am now stuck for any more ideas. HELP
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I believe the problem is in the fus(breaker). I would say that it is the thermal fuse in the machine but it usually goes out before the breaker does. The breaker has gotten weak over the years. You have a hi limit on the machine as well but I doubt this is it. Let me know how you do.
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A defective heating element can make a dryer too hot. If the element partially shorts out, it can produce heat all the time, regardless of whether the dryer is calling for heat. Remove the heating element to inspect it. The coils should not be touching each other or anything else.
Other Causes and Conditions
Air Flow Problem
Dryers need good ventilation to work properly. If the vent is clogged it can make the dryer too hot. Clean all of the vent tubing thoroughly.
Although not common, a defective cycling thermostat can make the dryer too hot. The cycling thermostat is supposed to turn on and off the heat to maintain the proper temperature. If the thermostat is defective it may keep the heat on too long. The thermostat is not adjustable or repairable, it must be replaced.
Most dryers have a felt seal at the front and rear of the drum to keep the heat inside the drum. If the felt seal is worn away or missing, the dryer may keep heating and make the dryer too hot. This is not common.
A defective blower wheel will not spin properly and will not vent the hot air, making the dryer too hot. Check to see if there is adequate airflow out of the dryer.
GOD IS still GOOD !!!!
I also have the same dryer with a constant beeping while trying! Did as suggestion 4 and then took the back off, cleaned the heater matrix and thermostats, checked the rear draining pipes...so far so good!
I would get an electrician to check the machine as it appears to have an earth fault on the machine wiring , This type of fault will operate the RCD quicker than the fuse will operate. I am a qualified electrician by trade.
There are a couple of things that you can check. FIRST go to the electrical box where the circuit breaker or fuse for the dryer is. Sometimes on half of the circuit breaker is tripped allowing the controls of the dryer to work, but not the heating element. Turn off the breaker and turn back on. Or replace the fusees. If this does not work, then you may have a loos wire or a burned out heating element. Sometimes there is a bad high temperature switch. Do the circuit breaker or fuse first. If the washer did not spin out the water well enough, the water can short the element to trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse.
Thanks for using FixYa. If your dryer isn't working or isn't getting heated up, you'll need to check the following to be sure what exactly the issue is--
Blows fuses or trips circuit breaker —ELECTRIC Models:
• The amperage readings are at 240 volts. One line will be
24 amps and the other line will be 21 amps. The neutral line will be at 3 amps.
If the above amperages are not present, then the house wiring, fuse box or
circuit breaker should be suspect.
• Shorted heating element to housing.
• Incorrect wiring or a wire shorting to ground.
• Drive motor winding shorting to ground.
Blows fuses or trips circuit breaker —GAS Models:
• If igniter is not glowing, check for 120 V at igniter.
• Igniter harness may be loose and shorted to base.
• Incorrect wiring or a wire shorted to ground.
• Drive motor winding shorting to ground.
If it runs for a few minutes and then stops, then check for
• Empty dryer.
• Check motor spins freely.
• Lint buildup around drive motor.
• Low voltage present.
• Blower impeller blocked in blower housing.
• Drive motor - start switch contacts stuck closed.
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If it is in timed dry mode, the problem is in the timer, if it is on sensor dry then you may have a clogged line. Easy to check, disconnect vent from back of machine and run it, if it dries without a problem then you need to replace or thoroughly clean venting. If it still does the same thing, check your thermostats, like the cycling thermostat, that is what advances the timer in sensor dry mode. What do you mean by tripping off? Do you replace the high limit fuse to get it to work again or does it just shut down?