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Approx 10-15mins into a normal wash cycle the washing machine has started tripping the electricity supply, also slight unpleasant odour can be detected coming from washing machine. The only way to get the electric back on is to turn the washing machine off. The machine will run the drain and spin programme ok. Mechanically sound so seems worth repairing if cost effective to do so. Any advice welcome.

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  • tim_bowden May 29, 2009

    Thank you. If I turn the machine back on after I have reset the electric supply, it will run the drain or spin cycle or start a wash programme, but 10-15 mins in to the wash cycle it ill trip the electric again. A small audible click can be heard from the machine at the same time it trips the power. Unfortunately I can't test your theory until this evening.

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Hi,

This could be a faulty on / off switch. A dead washing machine is often caused by the door interlock not being activated properly by the door catch or failing (unless the fuse has gone) but if switching the washer on and off sometimes gets it going for a second, there could be a dodgy connection inside the on/off switch.

It should be a double pole switch. This means it turns off the live and the neutral. With the washing machine unplugged, have a look to see if there is any evidence of melting on the switch or any of the wires that connect to it. This would indicate a faulty connection inside and a new switch would be required although it's possible for these signs to be present but the switch is not yet faulty. To properly diagnose a faulty on off switch you need to test it with a continuity test meter.

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