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Mini load and power light flash WF541

My hotpoint aquarious WF541 flashes mini load and the power light at me after a couple of minutes of trying to pump the water out.

i presume this is an hardware error? anyone any ideas.. thank you!


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  • paulb9966 May 20, 2009

    sorry, its not that, i have poured about 5 litres of water into the drum, switched it on and watched it empty it out of the waste water hose.

    the pump works and isnt blocked.

    i think something need replacing.

    thanks though.

    Paul


  • paulb9966 May 20, 2009

    I think you may be on to something with the pressure switch.
    ive checked all the filters and hoses, i seem to have clear flow around all of them.
    the pressure switch pipe too, i dont seem to be able to get to the vessel though, appears moulded in.
    basically as soon as i press start the machine pumps out water until it throws up the flashing lights.
    from the sound of the machine, i think its trying to pump water out even though theres none to pump out.

    is there any way to test the switch? with a multi meter or something?

    Thanks for your reply





  • paulb9966 May 20, 2009

    ive taken the pressure switch off and tested continuity 1-3 normal and 2-4 under pressure. so i presume that means it works?

    im confused now


  • paulb9966 May 21, 2009

    ive since tried putting the machine on spin only mode when i switch it on, it does about 10 seconds of slow turning then stops and flashes mini load and power lights while constantly trying to pump water out, even though theres no water to pump out.

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yes you are right its definately hardware error.
The flashing lights translate to error code F11. This indicates a drain pump failure.
You should check, after unplugging the appliance, the pump connections and wiring.
Check the pump isn't blocked or jammed and isn't open circuit. You should get a reading of around 165 ohms on your multimeter across the terminals.
Follow the wires back to the main pcb and check the plug there.
If all of that checks out OK the only thing left is the main pcb.
mostly new pcb will solve the problem.pcb means power controlling board.also called power supply board.

Hope this helps.

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Hi


Flashing of mini load and power light means, either on/more of these components is/are bad--

Check the pressure switch; it is a system that determines correct water level in the drum. If it’s giving an incorrect indication to the program timer machine, it will overfill, refuse to fill or refuse to spin. It’s an air operated diaphragm switch triggered by rising air pressure induced by the entry of water into an airtight vessel attached to the base of the drum. It tells the program timer that the water has reached the correct level, allowing it to proceed to the next stage in the wash cycle. Power off, drag machine out onto the floor, and remove back cover and top cover. The pressure switch is a round item about 3 inches across with several wires and a thin rubber pipe attached. It generally sits just under the top cover. Disconnect the thin rubber pipe from the switch and blow down through it to clear any blockage. Switch itself may be faulty but it’s more likely the pressure pipe or the vessel attached to the other end of the pipe is blocked. Remove the pressure vessel, put a small nut or screw in it, fill it with water and shake vigorously till any crud or residue is removed. Some machines have the pressure vessel integrated as part of the filter unit, with a pressure chamber molded into the top of the filter body. Refit all parts; check that joints and connections are water tight.
Also check the filter itself - generally located behind a panel at the foot of the machine. Some are obvious like little square hatches and some are hidden behind the trim panel at the foot of the machine. Once panel is removed the filter should be visible. It’s generally a circular plastic fitting which unscrews in an anticlockwise direction. Some Hotpoint, indesit and ariston filters are located in the big black sump hose (the one that leaves the bottom of the outer drum and connects to the pump). Power off, drag machine out onto the floor, remove back cover or tip machine up at an angle. Locate sump hose, remove the tensioner clip by squeezing the tabs together with a large pair of pliers or vise grips, remove the hose, take out filter and clean. Be prepared for spillage of water. It may help if the machine is tilted backwards at an angle.
Disconnect pump from the hose and check for obstruction in either item - run a thin stick up the outlet hose, sometimes a coin can wedge in the pipe. Pump removal: power off, drag machine out onto the floor, remove back cover or tip machine up at an angle, locate pump, (attached to other end of drain pipe).undo 2 wiring connections, 2 hose connections - remove the tensioner clips by squeezing the tabs together with a large pair of pliers or vise grips. Remove pump mounting screws. Remove pump chamber - some are held in with screws, others clip into place. Check for foreign objects round the impeller. If pump chamber is clear, may be a fault with the pump motor - in this case you’ll need to replace the pump.

Repair and service your own washing machine.

Please do accept this solution and revert for further assistance.

Thanks
Rylee

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I think this is a notification either that water is not getting to the machine (kink in 1 or both hoses) or you have a blockage in the filter. also could be low water pressure

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The pressure switch is attached to a hose that goes into a cup on the side of your washtub.
the way it works is: since it is always filled with air the air pressure increases as the water goes in to the tub because the water has weight and, squeezes the air in the tube When the air pressure is high enough (water is high enough in the tub the air pushes the switch closed stoping the water flow into the tub test the switch by: pulling the hose out of the tub cup and, blow on the hose while listening for a slight "click" in the switch don't forget to put the hose back on the tub or, the next time you fill the machine it won't stop the water going in. I think the switch is your problem because it is fixed on a small amount of water setting "mini load"

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