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Washing machine will not drain

Machine will fill up and wash but when its time to drain it locks up and makes a buzzing noise

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SOURCE: indesit w93 washing machine fills with water but doesn't start washing

Hi there. I have an old model, the indesit WM12. Never counted the flashing light (yours was 10) but my dial started clicking constantly at the drain part. I called Idesit and they told me it was a blockage in the filter.
The filter they speak of it located, on mine, at the front of the machine at the very bottom on the right. It is a black dial about 3 - 4 inches in diameter. Unscrew that anti-clockwise (a real pain because so much water comes out. My wife and I unscrewed it, filled a baking tray with water, screwed it back up, emptied / substituted tray then same all over again - until empty. Though putting it on drain again and again helped at same time). When I pulled out the filter found a 'colour catcher' sheet in it. We used them first time ever the other day. Removed that, gave filter a wee clean and, hey presto, all is working again. Hope that helps. Jim

Posted on Feb 27, 2008

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It is Usually the Brushes on the Motor that cause the problem. The Brushes DO wear out on all Brush Motor washing machines eventually. How quick depends on USE and Manufacturer.

In my experience Most Bosch Brushes last between 3 - 8 years before requiring renewal. You will need to remove the brushes to check how much carbon is remaining.

Replacement Brushes are available. It would help if you provided your E.NR ( number ) which you will find on a label on the inside of the Door.

Posted on Mar 16, 2008

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Check the water pump for an obstruction in the chamber area, your pump may be sticking and that will cause the buzzing sound. The water pump runs during the fill portion of the cycle on several of the selected wash cycles to recirculate the water.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

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SOURCE: GE Profile Harmony Washer has loud squeak when filling

Based on your description, it sounds like the water inlet valve is making noise, since you hear a squeaking noise during the filling of the washer. If it sounds like a constant squeak or squealing noise, i'd say it's caused by either the water inlet valve not being pulled all the way open, or because the water supply shut off valve at the house end isn't open all the way. Try opening the water supply shut off valves all the way open, (check to see that they are).

What is interesting is that the squeaking comes back during the draining of the water. Is this while the tub is spinning or only at the very end of the cycle? Again, it could be the water inlet valve, since the washer will "spray" some fresh water into the washer during the final spin cycle to help remove any soap residue, etc.

The part ins't cheap at around $123.00 for this valve, so unless it's really annoying you to no end, I'd wait for the valve to stop working before getting the repair done, unless you want to do the repair yourself, which isn't difficult, with some basic tools and time.

If you wait and let this go until it fails, you'll notice the water in the tub might not fill all the way for the level set, or the valve will start getting even more as it gets worse.

Here's a drawing that shows your washer and the part I'm talking about.

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Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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SOURCE: Model EWF1087 washing machine will not spin or

your pump impeller is blocked or fouling on something inside the filter compartment,turn machine off unscrew fiter (be prepared for water to come out),then get a long screwdriver and turn the impeller anything caught in there will free itself up,and you should be able to mremove forieghn object if impeller doesnt turn then it more than likely your pump is seized and will need replacing hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009

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SOURCE: Washer won't drain and makes a buzzing noise

It appears your main controller board/timer has failed in this instance.

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PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.

If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.

Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.

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