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Indesit WDE12 Dryer not heating

About a week ago it displayed F13 and now the dryer doesn't heat. With instruction I am competannt enough to fix it.

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  • planet5 Jul 28, 2009

    This maybe the reason for F13 but I don't see how this would affect the heat from the tumble dryer part.

  • planet5 Jul 28, 2009

    I measured the element it definatly needs replacing should I change anything else while I'm doing it. Also the F13 I have checked the pipes and they are clean, I haven't checked the electrics yet.

  • planet5 Aug 03, 2009

    The information was great. Replaced the heating element and cleaned the pipes and it works fine. Thank you very much.

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The code F13 means to Check the water supply, inlet valve and hot and cold hose connections, check for clogs or inoperable valves. The instructions for checking the values if you find no clog and have good water pressure can be found below.


Before testing the water inlet valve, unplug the washer or shut off the power at the fuse box or breaker panel to avoid an electrical shock hazard.

The water inlet valve connects the hot and cold water lines from your home to the back of the washer. The solenoids on the valve open one or both valves to provide the proper water temperature for the wash cycle. If the valves are blocked or the solenoids do not activate, the symptoms may include no water, low water pressure, the wrong water temperature or water entering the tub even when the machine is off.

Water inlet valve

The water inlet valve can be identified by the water hoses connected to it at the back of the washer. Start by turning off the water supply at the valves on the wall. Disconnect both hoses from the back of the washer. Place the hoses into a bucket and turn them on to confirm that you are getting good water
pressure and to clear out any debris from the line.

Inspect the filter screens on both the hoses and the inlet valve for debris build up. If you find any debris, clean it out. Use caution to avoid damaging the filter screens because the screens in the valve are not replaceable.

If debris was not present then proceed to the next step of testing the solenoids. Access to the valve may be easiest by opening the top or the back of the washer, depending upon make and model.

There are two wires connected to each solenoid (aka coil) on the water inlet valve. Label the wires and connections so that you can properly reconnect them later. The wires are connected with slip-on connectors. Firmly pull the connectors off of the terminals (do not pull on the wire itself). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If either is corroded they should be cleaned or replaced.

Inlet Valve

Use a continuity tester or multitester/multimeter to test for continuity (these testers can be bought at an electronics store for fairly cheap). Set the multimeter to the ohms setting X1. Touch one probe to each terminal. A reading of infinity indicates a bad solenoid that must be replaced. Different brands and models will have various measurements, but the valve should show some resistance if it is functioning properly. Test the second one in the same way as the first.

If the solenoid is working properly, but water leaks through the valve even when the washer is off, then the valve itself is the problem. Debris may be preventing the valve from closing. If the valve cannot be cleaned, it will have to be replaced. The valve can also fail mechanically. So even if it passes the electrical test, it may still require replacement. If you have ruled out all other possibilities, go ahead and replace the valve.


Let me know how this turns out.
Benjamin

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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    Benjamin Patri Jul 28, 2009

    Well if it tries to run but just won't heat, then test heater element with an ohm meter. You will read continuity across a good element ( 8-12 ohms is an average element ). If you don't read that, then replace it. Does the machine run or try to run?

    If the machine won't even run, then the first thing would be to replace the door switch (if it doesn't click) or the timer dial

    You can get all parts from www.repairclinic.com where you can return them within 30 days if replacing the certain part doesn't fix the problem


  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Jul 28, 2009

    Just replace the element for now, you can get a new one from www.repairclinic.com



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