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Knocking during spin and now tripping electricity on startup

Hotpoint WM56 Washing Machine. In the last week or so it has started knocking or banging during the spin cycle but was otherwise running correctly. Today though, when it starts the cycle, it trips the mains circuit. we have tried another socket but to no avail. I have taken the washer apart. I can't see any obvious damage to the electrics and the interlock on the door seems reasonably clean and dry. I did notice that a small amount of water had accumulated at the bottom of the chassis at the front dead centre. The seal was replaced moderately recently (last year or so) and looks okay though it is very slightly deformed near the door lock. Does anybody have any ideas? Thanks

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It sounds as though you may have a problem with the heater, either it has come loose or been damaged during the noisy section of the spin which could have been a coin or foreign object in the drum, assuming there is no problem with the bearings. It's best if you can test the heater with an electrical test meter having first removed the wires, place one connector on one of the terminals and touch the heater casing with the other, if you get a reading the heater is shorting out. If it is the heater it may have been forced out of the front plate which could have caused a crack in it so check for any damage

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SOURCE: Hotpoint Aquarius WD64 - Tripping the electric?!

something is going down to earth, start by unplugging the motor and retesting, if it doesn't trip them check the motor carbons etc, if it trips then check the heater element for contact down to earth, replace if needed etc, then check the outlet pump the same way if i have helped rate me please ps when working on machine remove from power supply

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First unplug your washer. Check the ground on the washer and make sure it isn't loose; this would be a good time to inspect the wiring harness for any problems. Next check the outlet (turn off the electric to that breaker first) make sure all the wires are tight and are making good contact; pay special attention to the neutral (white) wire. If that seems fine, and you are comfortable with going into you breaker panel, turn off that breaker and check the hot (the wire on the breaker) to make sure it isn't loose and then check the neutral wire. If either of these wires seem loose tighten them down....a loose wire will move when a load is put on it and cause the breaker to trip. If all seems normal and washer is still tripping the breaker you might want to replace the breaker.....they can go bad. Good luck!

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