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Lightning Storm/Affinity Washer

We recently had a thunder storm on Tues & Wed. I hadn't used the washer since Sunday. I tried to use it last night and there are no lights on it working. It's not the outlet that's not working. Does this washer have a restart button on it anywhere? Please help!

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  • Anonymous Jul 28, 2008

    Having the same problem. After a bad lightning storm washer would not start. Completely dead. The drum light will not even come on. Tested the outlet and it is working fine. Nothing else in house damaged by lightning. I don't think the washer was damaged by the lightning because something else plugged into same outlet is working fine.


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During a lightning storm, a lightning strike could have induced a high voltage surge in your incoming power lines. Left unprotected from these power surges, the weakest link ( normally low voltage electronic controls) are the most susceptable. Just because you had power available at the wall receptacle after a storm doesn't mean that your washer control system wasn't exposed to one of these surges and got damaged. On the contrary, it is extremely likely that the washer took a 'hit' and was damaged.Other devices plugged into the same receptacle may have survived that hit because electricity travels the path of least resistance.. In this case.. that path may have been thru your washer.. My point being is that your washer could have sustained a power surge and was damaged so don't rule that out. Of course, that surge could have taken an internal fuse or other component out too..

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