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My Zanussi Timeline 1600 will not start on any program. When I have selected a program the first thing that happens is the macine drains, then after a short delay the temperature and rpm display show zero and the cycle ended message appears. I have cleaned the drain filter to no effect.

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  • jezwadd May 09, 2010

    When I first start the program, the display shows "washing" and there is a hum as if something is trying to start. After a delay of around 5 seconds, the display very briefly shows "spinning" and then "draining" with the temperature and rpm display showing zero followed after a further 5 seconds "cycle finished"

  • jezwadd May 09, 2010

    Thankyou for all the info. I will check it out.



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When the cycle start the machine is supposed to be filling rather than draining. If the machine starts draining, that means that there is water remaining from the previous cycle, and that the pressure switch is defective.

Disconnect power and check if there is water in the tub before the cycle is starting.

If there is water, then the pressure switch is defective. Pressure switch is tested by jumping it or opening it and testing cycle. Test must be done by a technician.

If the pressure switch is OK, then the faulty part is the timer board. Draining at start of the cycle is quite unusual.

Also ensure that what you think is draining at start of the cycle is not just filling. In that case if the machine is not filling properly, the inlet valve and inlet lines must be tested.
Inlet valve is tested reading Ohms at valve solenoid contacts.If it reads infinite, then the valve is faulty.


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    Ginko May 09, 2010

    The humming noise is probably the inlet. The timer board will jump to drain if one of the cycling conditions is not met or if the electronic control board is faulty.

    The repair is done testing all parts that can be involved, and then replacing timer board only if other parts test good.

    Before starting trip the circuit breaker or disconnect the power cord for five minutes and see if this simple reset changes anything.

    First part to test is the inlet.
    This can be done by the user.
    Check if the inlet hose is kinked or blocked and ensure that there is water pressure.
    Grab a multimeter, set at Rx1, disconnect inlet valve terminals and read Ohms at valve terminals. Test must be done with power NOT connected. If Ohms stay on infinity, then the valve is bad.

    Try to see if machine is filling. The tech may jump the door switch to observe cycle operation. For safety reasons this cannot be done by the user.

    Test water heating.

    This is very simple. Test a cold cycle. If machine works, then the thermostat or heating element must be replaced.

    Test water level sensing.

    From now onward more advanced tests that must be done by the technician, as they involve working with power on and jumping contacts.
    Zanussi washers use two pressure switch. One to pre vent overfilling and one on the drain system. The tech can test them by jumping contacts and controlling the cycle.

    If the machine is filling regularly, the motor must also be tested. This is done energizing the variable speed motor directly.

    Motor control unit, that is a module sealed inside the appliance must also be tested by reading voltages.

    If all the above is clear, then replace the timer electronic control assembly.

    Try also contacting Zanussi at the number listed on the user manual. They can give you part prices, quote on repair, and they can follow you on basic phone troubleshooting.





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