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I've got a Hotpoint BHWD129. It (quite literally) blew it's heater element, tripping the consumer unit. I've changed the element (and the temp sensor) and it goes through the wash and rinse cycle but when it gets a little way into the spin cycle it throws a wobbly, flashing all the lights under the selection dials (not the ones showing the current program) and the start / stop button also flashes orange (if I remember correctly). Anybody got any ideas of obvious things to check? Surely it can't be the board, otherwise I wouldn't expect it to work through the wash and rinse programs. It drains fine too. It took a lot of banging about for several hours to get the element out as it got itself well and truly stuck (combined with the way it had blown / split couldn't be extracted without much faffing), so wondering if I've knocked a connection somewhere. It's almost like it's trying to work out whether it can perform a full speed spin but can't. The machine appears to be level. Many thanks for any pointers in advance.

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The reason the element blew may be a factor. I have a different model but I had a problem with the heating element as well. The spin cycle had been getting noisier over a period of weeks and then the circuit breaker kept tripping on filling up with water. I traced the problem to the heating element and took it out. It had a hole in it, letting the water in and causing a current to earth. The hole was in an area which looked worn down and I realised that the spinning drum must have been spinning on it during the spin cycle. This could only happen it the drum was off-centre. The three prong spider bracket holding the drum was broken. When I finally got it out (not easy), two of the prongs were broken and it was only supported by one prong. I fitted a new spider and it has beeb fine ever since. The spider looks like an aluminium alloy and if aluminium and steel are in contact in the presence of water the aluminium degrades.
Check your drum to see if is loose.

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