A blocked pressure system on a washing machine can result in various different symptoms. Before deciding to fixing this fault you need to have correctly diagnosed it. It’s not something to speculatively do in the hope that it will fix the fault because the pressure system isn’t always easy to get to and all symptoms have other potential causes.
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When the drum bearings have gone in a washing machine they make a rumbling sound but believe it or not there are a few other faults that can sound very similar – even the same. As an experienced engineer I’ve actually misdiagnosed them once before (and never made that mistake again) when I opened up the door, spun the drum by hand and heard what sounded exactly like worn drum bearings. I subsequently found out that the noise was coming from the motor bearings. That taught me that the only true way to diagnose them (if there isn’t excessive play in the drum shaft) is to take off the drive belt so that when you spin the drum you are only spinning the drum and not the belt and the motor.
Where is the heater on a washing machine?
This article is about front loading UK washing machines. Removing the heater can be tricky, and shouldn't be done unless you are sure it needs replacing because very often you cannot get a heater back in once removed due to the way tightening the bolt squashes the rubber seal and distorts it. If you’ve tested the heater with a meter and know it is faulty read on, otherwise check this article first – not heating up the water – is heater faulty?.
If you find the spin light flashing at end of the cycle and the laundry is still wet (hasn’t been spun), the explanation could just be that the washing machine’s out of balance protection system prevented it from spinning. This is particularly true for the following Hotpoint washing machine models WMA30, WMA31, WMA32 & WMA33, and could potentially apply to some other models.
If you think you have a faulty door interlock they are usually pretty easy to replace, and not usually too expensive (buy door interlocks from 4Washerhelp). However, I see a lot of cases where people have fitted a new one – and it didn’t make any difference because they’d misdiagnosed the fault. In order to diagnose if something’s working properly or not you have to understand how they work. This article is part 2 to my main article explaining How does a washing machine door interlock work? so check out the first article – then return here for supplementary advice about variations of interlocks that may be very different from the most common type.