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.
How To help articles for white goods
A list of all my articles tagged under, "How To", which cover a wide range of interesting topics giving help and advice on various white goods. Some cover DIY repairs, others cover common annoyances and issues - all related to white goods appliances.
Before using a washing machine that has been in storage, especially for a long time, it is wise to be aware that new faults could appear so you should not just assume everything is ok and leave it running unattended. All appliances have the potential to develop a fault that wasn’t there before if they’ve been left unused for a long time. It’s partially due to things drying out, rotting or corroding, or seizing up – and partly one of life’s mysteries.
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?.
This is part two of a look at what causes smells from a washing machine and how to get rid of them. The first part looks at problems inside the washing machine (what causes washing machine smells?) but this one looks at smells coming from the plumbing that may be blamed on the washing machine. There’s a link to the first article at the bottom of this one.
If your washing machine’s drum is covered in a greyish white coating it is probably caused by limescale. To remove it try adding about 20 gram of citric acid into the machine and wash on a 90 degree wash cycle with no laundry inside. You may need to try it more than once.