Question about Equator EZ 3612 CEE Front Load Washer/Dryer
A couple of weeks ago, the dryer stopped and the knob clicked endlessly around the dial. I thought it was the pump, cleared out the hole where things collect, etc. Ran a partial empty wash, then it worked fine again for a few weeks.
Yesterday, during the dry cycle (small load), it started clicking round the dial again, but this time with a strong burning smell almost like ozone, but different. It seems to emanate from the area of the machine with the black plastic part that whirrs around during the dry cycle. I ran an empty partial wash cycle again, then let it sit for a while, and the dryer worked again. There was still a smell, but I couldn't tell if it was new or not.
Today I ran another wash with the top open, and the smell started again, though it seemed to either stay the same or lighten up as it went along. I can't tell if it's residual or not. Any suggestions?
The spinning black thing is called a fan motor it blows the hot air around for the dryer, it could over heating causeing smell
Posted on Dec 13, 2007
Sounds to me like the motherboard inside the unit is on it's way to thermal overload. This is a common problem with this particular model. You'll smell electronics burning and one day it'll quit altogether with a burst of smoke. I had this happen to me and I traced the problem back to a faulty triac (transistor-like device) that overheated and caused the circuit board and wiring harness to burn up from excessive current draw. I repaired my motherboard with a new triac ($6) and rewired the harnesses. A cooling fan on the heatsink of the board would solve this problem.
Posted on Nov 12, 2007
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