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In the washing machine your hot water supply comes from your water heater. The element that is tripping is part of your electrical so no you cannot expect a different result. You will have to fix the problem first before you wash.
The washing machine is obviously
drawing too much current for the breaker to handle. This could be due to the
washing machine drawing more that it should or because the breaker cannot
handle the current the machine needs, coupled with the other machines on the
ring main. If the fuse on the plug of the washing machine does not blow, then it
could be that there are too many appliances on the ring main. The fuse on the
machine may not blow however, if the breaker has a faster blow time than the
fuse in the plug. Try plugging the washing machine into another ring main. Or
try plugging out all the other appliances on the same ring main and test it
If the ELCB (Earth Leakage Circuit
Breaker) is tripping only when the washing machine is running then something in
the machine is faulty.
One common problem is the heating element. Over time they tend to crack and
when the water gets in, the ELCB will trip out. This can be problematic to
diagnose as offten the element will only trip after a period of heating. Bottom
line, if it is tripping the ELCB then it is dangerous and should be fixed
before any further use.
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A few possibilities here,if wash element is grounding in Kohms this will trpp breaker,disconnect element and see will electrics trip,burnt terminals is also possibility at any point in washer especially at feed connections,grounding drain pump or motor windings can also cause tripping,disconnect also and then check,damp spots around electrics can also indicate water leaking onto electric components.safety guidlines and procedures should always be followed when checking and repairing electrical equipment
With the symptoms you describe i would suspect a intermittent heater element fault as you are getting earth leakage current which is tripping the whole supply rather than a current overload which would just trip the socket circuit breaker. Get the heating element checked over first as this is the most likely cause.
This sounds very like you've got an insulation breakdown in the heating element, or in the wiring that leads to it.
When the water level gets high enough, the machine switches the heater on to start warming things up - at which point the fault gets taken into circuit and blows everything.
You already know all the stuff about switching off and unplugging before you start.
If you hadn't just been working on the machine, I'd have said just to lash out £23 on spec. and fit a new element. Under the circumstances, it might be worth doing a few checks first:
1. Although you're sure you've replaced all the wires correctly, just triple-check you haven't swapped live and earth at the element.
2. Inspect the wires that run to the element to make sure none of them are chafed or trapped, and that none of the connectors are fouling anything they shouldn't be.
3a. If you can get hold of an insulation tester, use it to check the element earth-live resistance (with all wires disconnected). This should be of the order of a Megohm or more - but will be much less if the element casing has leaked.
3b. On the assumption you haven't got an insulation tester in your back pocket, try this instead: Carefully disconnect the live wire from the element, make it safe with tape if you need to, then try to run the machine. If the machine now fills properly without taking the trip out, then this is a pretty good pointer towards needing a new element.