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My machine seems to be stuck on a drain cycle


Sounds like your 'anti flood' system is activated. This happens when a leak fills the drip tray on the base of the machine, and a anti flood float switch senses water in the tray. Leaks can come from several sources - loose pipes, leaking door gaskets - even opening the door while the machine is hot! i.e. to add an extra item after the machine has started, for example. ISOLATE THE POWER and examine the base tray, if its a free standing machine tip the machine back at an angle (The Hemlich manoeuvre for Dishwashers lol) and the water will flood out - if built in, remove the lower front panel. Once the water is removed, the machine should start - but if the problem occurs, the leak is still there. Zanussi machines are tricky - you'll probably need an engineer to sort it out - expect not much change out of £100. Cheers!

Oct 16, 2015 | Zanussi 18 in. DCS12W Free-standing...

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Our Zanussi Fridge freezer ZK87/46ef temp alarm sounding with red light on, the fridge temp is ok however the freezer is not cooling and the food is defrosting slightly,any suggestions please ?


hi.defrost unit completely first 24/48 hours. or until there is water on drip tray above compressor.then turn it on .if it works it means your evaporator is freeing up.if it is the same it could be lack off refrigerant.good luck.ali

Jun 14, 2012 | Refrigerators

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I have thoroughly cleaned out my Zanussi fridge/freezer, but there is still a lingering smell. It is definitely not food related, Could it be to do with the 'gassing' of the appliance?


unfortunaly you will have to remove the back panals in the freezer to expose the evaporator... and spray with antibactirial cleaner.. as barcteria grows hear and causes smells... nothing to do with gassing.... if gas leaked out the appliance wont cool at all.... Rob

Feb 06, 2011 | Zanussi Refrigerators

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My evaporation tray is full and smells as milk has split into it and gone off -it is making the kitchen smell. Does the evaporation tray unattach from the back of the fridge?


if you can get to the tray pour in some clorine bleach,or pour some down the drain hole,this will kill any smells/bacteria.(works with all fridges).

Jan 11, 2011 | Zanussi Refrigerators

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Evaporation tray at back of stand alone refridgerator is full of .....? and smells. How do I clean it as it is fixed to the back of the fridge?


syringe out drain hole/pipe with clorine bleach(clorine will gas off and leave no smell after an hour or so)clean out tray with bleach,as it will kill the bacteria that causes the smell,the higher the himidity the more often you will need to clean drain/tray.(any clean water in tray ,use to feed your house plants,

Aug 04, 2010 | Zanussi Refrigerators

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Removing evaporator tray from kenmore side by side


Can you pull it out the back or the bottom? If not, you will have to remove the filter casing. they are built as if the tray will never break.

Sep 01, 2009 | Refrigerators

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Water leaking into fridge


Unless you have a lot of confidence in your ability as a handy person and plumber, it may be better to leave this to a pro. Here's the story.

When the freezer automatically defrosts, water from the melted ice collects into a tray behind the back panel of the freezer. There is a drain in this tray, and the drain empties into a pvc tube that carries the water down into an evaporation tray that extends from front to back on the bottom right side of the refrigerator. A fan blows air over the evaporation tray to dry the water in the tray before the next defrost cycle.

Over time, the drain tube gets partly clogged with gunk, the water in the upper collection tray doesn't drain completely into the lower tray, and when the defrost cycle ends, the water still in that upper tray freezes. After a few defrost cycles, enough ice forms in the collection tray so it blocks the drain completely, and this plug won't melt during the defrost cycle. Now every time there is a defrost cycle, water collects, overflows, and drips down through the air channel at the back of the fridge into the refrigerator section.

The fix is to clear the drain tube leading from the upper collection tray to the lower evaporation tray. Here's how (if you have the know-how to tackle the job):

First, move the fridge away from the wall, unplug it, and remove the fiberboard panel that runs across the the bottom back. From the front of the fridge pull out the trim grill that runs across the bottom. Locate the evaporator tray on the right, but don't remove it yet.

Empty the freezer, and be sure to safely store the removed items in another freezer, or an insulated cooler, if you can complete the job in an hour or two. Be careful with ice cream and such, which cannolt be allowd to defrost, even partially.

Remove the ice maker if you have one, remove the screws holding down the bottom panel of the freezer, remove it, and remove the screws holding the back panel, and remove it.

Leave the refrigerator door closed, to keep the food in it from spoiling. If this job is going to take you more than an hour or two, move the food in the fridge to another fridge.

Now you need to let the freezer defrost (a hair dryer will make it go faster, but don't let it get wet), and sponge out all the water, There will remain an ice plug in the drain at the bottom of the collection tray at the back. Use hot water to dissolve the ice plug, use a drinking straw inserted into the drain (don't let it drop!) to be sure the ice plug is melted.

You still have to clear the plastic drain tube of collected gunk. This is like snaking out a drain pipe. I found that 8 feet of 1/8 pvc tubing works well. Before you clear the drain tube, remove the lower evporation tray. There is a finger hole at the front. Use it to lift the tray up and forward (be carelful, it may contain water).

Put the pvc "snake" down into the drain in the upper collection tray, and gently work it down through the drain tube. You are done when the snake emerges from the bottom of the drain tube, at the back bottom of the fridge, above where the evaporator tray sits. . Snake up from the bottom, and then back down again from the top, to be sure the drain tube really is clear. Replace the evaporator tray, and slowly pour 2 cups of water into the collection tray at the top, and confirm that it drains quickly and completely into the lower tray.

Empty the lower tray, replace it, and reverse all the disassembly steps.

This is not a permanent fix, because the drain tube could clog again, but should be good for a few years before you have to repeat this operation. At least now you know the cause and the fix, and can deal more effectively with a repair tech, even if you don't tackle the job yourself.

Jun 20, 2009 | Roper RT21AKXKQ Top Freezer Refrigerator

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Detergent tray full of water


Hi....Lift the softener cover off the tray and you will find the syphon tube or the cover underneath are blocked. Push some wire through the syphon tube to make sure it is clear and give everything a good wash.

Jun 03, 2009 | Zanussi WJD1257W Front Load Washer

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Jetstream 1200 wont take away fabric softner


strip and clean out the soap tray then remove the tray and clean the fill water holes above it with a stiff washing up brush.

Mar 16, 2009 | Zanussi ZWF1430W Front Load Washer

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Zanussi Jetsystem


scrub above the soap tray to make sure the holes are clear if they are you may have a system where the fab condit water valve is u/s.

May 18, 2007 | Zanussi IZ161S Front Load Washer

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