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When i switch on washing machine it trips all my electricity .

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Starting with a statement of the bleedin' obvious, something downstream of the power switch is shorted. The difficulty is finding out what.

I'd start with the water heating element. This will be at the bottom of the tub/drum and will probably look like a small plate bolted onto the wall, with two metal stubs sticking out. Each stub will have a ceramic insulator and an elctrical termianl on it. There will probably be a further uninsulated terminal in the middle of the plate. WITH THE MACHINE UNPLUGGED, carefully remove the wires from the two insulated terminals (leave the third one attached), protect the wire ends with insulating tape to prevent accidents, then plug back in and see if the machine will run without blowing the power. If it does, you need to replace the element.

If it isn't the element, the next place to look is the internal wiring. Again with the power cable unplugged, give the machine a shake and see which bits move relative to one another and which cable looms rub against corners as a result. Examine these chafe and pinch point for damage to the insulation of the wires.

I'd be surprised if it doesn't prove to be either of these things. If no joy, then come back for some more in-depth ideas.

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Posted on Jul 04, 2008

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