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Jul 20, 2016 | Washing Machines
This tip/guide should be read in conjunction with the excellent tips for the 945i machine given by Bill W. This particular fault may be observed by water leaking from the bottom (vent) hose from the condenser, at the back of the machine, eventually causing the flood/drain fault light to come on. Although the 946i was modified by having a fluff removal cycle that flushed water into the fan outlet, thus removing the fluff/debris build-up that caused the problem in the 945i and so well described above, the condenser fault causing water leakage is common to both machines.
Certain points mentioned in Bill's tip are relevant: draining the drum and pump at the front; then removing the plastic kick-plate in order to extract any tools or bolts that might have fallen during the operation described below. N.B. it is not necessary to remove the front door and seal-plate unless the dispenser assembly, drain pump etc. is to be removed. In particular, wear gloves as the drum will cut at some points on it's circumference at the back. Finally, Corbin type pliers are indeed a must otherwise those brown wire clips that fit on the bottom two condenser hoses are extremely difficult to fit. ( A towel underneath will catch whatever is dropped hopefully or look at floor- level into the bottom tray but mind the float switch assembly.)
I found removing the condenser quite easy and a lever was very useful; reinserting it was also easy by pushing the drum at the same time as reaching down and pushing in the spigot into the rubber drum seal at the same time. (Greasing the seal with a little petroleum jelly certainly helped.)
The leakage from the bottom hose was caused by fluff/lint debris blocking the bottom aperture to the condenser. Inspecting this will show a plastic double- walled box with one aperture half-way up. The bottom one is not obvious and can be seen by shining a lamp from the bottom up. It does not take too much debris to block this hole; hence the tell-tale small leakage that might go unnoticed until eventually the red-light comes on etc. A piece of bent wire can clear this leakage and then wash everything through so that your dried clothing will be as clean as when the machine was new. Once the condenser is back in place-the raised ring should not be visible if it is pressed home properly The fan-box aluminium to plastic seal need to be carefully remade: don't trap the rubber strip and good silicone rubber will ensure the seal works. The four hoses should all be back in place and don't use lubricant when replacing them as they are quite confined and could come off during use of the machine. You have now made a saving of at least £160. Good luck.
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