Machine keeps tripping the fuse at the fuse box - WD61 Aquarius Hotpoint
My Hotpoint Aquarius WD61 will run for a will on drying cycles, spins or washes. However after about 15 to 30 minutes the machine trips the fuse at the fuse box. After resetting the fuse the machine will then trip the fuse instantly on any type of wash, dry or spin cycle.
Once left for an hour or two you are back to square one were the machine works for about 15 - 30 minutes.
I have checked inside & out and their is nothing obviously wrong. Any help would be well received.
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If it is tripping the breaker, the first question that has to be asked is how many other appliances do you have on the same circuit. When the washer goes to spin it will start to draw slightly more electricity than once its at a full spin(much like the energy needed to get a car moving is greater than once it is up to speed), but it is not enough to trip the circuit unless there the circuit is already near capacity.
Before attempting to check electric of the washer, check and remove items from the circuit. To know what circuit runs your washer you will need to take a pigtail or a radio and plug it into the outlet Go to circuit breaker box and turn on and off circuits until the radio goes out.. Once you acertain what circuit your washer is own, go throughout the house and see what circuts are shared with the washer. Unplug any that are shared with washer. Your Hotpoint needs no more than 15 amps to run but if your overloaded on the circuit, the spin is enough for it to trip the circuit. Try washer and see if you go through the full cycle.
Are you around when the breaker trips? It almost seems as though an electrical connection is getting wet. Especially if it won't let you reset the breaker. Another reason for not letting you reset the breaker could be an overload that tripped but that to me would be within the machine, it shouldn't trip at the panel. You get pull the machine apart and check for these things. Look for and wetness or wire connections being crossed, anything like that. Something at the spin cycle is shorting out and tripping out your breaker. Also is your dryer circuit properly sized (30AMP Breaker with 10/3 wire)?
If you've just installed it for the first time ensure that transporting locks been removed (big screws under usualy yellow or white plastic covers at the back side of the machine) Make sure that machine is standing flat on the floor with no swinging whe you try to move it, this can be achieved by adjusting four legs of the machine (one at each corner). If neither of those helps than you need to identify when the noise appears what machine is doing at that moment. If the noise appears when it's draining, pumping water out, than your machine's pump is wearing out, or if it's noisy when spining (final spin) than bearing of the drum is wearing out.
it's possible that one of the carbon brushes have worn down to the bottom and it is sparking on the motor causing it to trip the fuse. It's just one possibility. Have you checked the carbon brushes are connected properly and that they have not 1) worn down and 2) that the wires are connected to them correctly.
I believe the problem is in the fus(breaker). I would say that it is the thermal fuse in the machine but it usually goes out before the breaker does. The breaker has gotten weak over the years. You have a hi limit on the machine as well but I doubt this is it. Let me know how you do.
I had to have a tech come out for the same problem two weeks ago. They had to clean the lint collector which you cannot get to on your own. He said now that this has been done everytime I use the machine, take the clothes out and then run a rinse spin cycle.
Suggest you turn the power off, remove the top cover, diconnect the live and neutral connections to the dryer element (likely to be two of each flavour of connection if the machine has high and low dry settings). Pop a bit of insulating tape around the wire ends so you don't short anything out.
Now try to put the machine through a drying cycle. If it works (albeit cold) without tripping the house power, you need a new dryer element.
If the house power still trips, turn the power off again and without reconnecting the element wires, disconnect and tape the live and neutral wires from the blower motor.
Again, try to run a drying cycle. If this stops the house power tripping, then it looks like a motor problem (though this would be quite unusual).
If the house power still trips, you need to have a careful look at all the wiring between the main timer, the dryer timer, any hi/lo heat switch, the blower motor and the element with its associated thermostats and thermal cutouts (all located near the element on the air duct). Look in particular for chafes where wires go round corners, and where wiring crosses from the case to the suspended machinery in the middle of the machine.
Pop any follow-on queries in the comments section of this question - I'll keep half an eye on it.