Why no wiring diagrams repair manuals and circuit diagrams for appliances?

Wiring-diagram If you are looking for a circuit diagram wiring schematic or even a repair manual for your washing machine, dishwasher, tumble dryer or cooker the bad news is you could be embarking on a frustrating and fruitless journey. They are generally not officially available.

In the UK it’s very hard to get circuit diagrams or repair manuals

I get many emails from people looking for repair manuals and wiring diagrams for white goods appliances. But they are only available to the trade. Even then, they are commonly only available by opening a trade account, paying a subscription and logging online into a manufacturer’s secure technical support web site.

Another common way the trade can have access to them is by subscribing to them on DVD, which isn’t cheap, and needs renewing every several months or so. Gone are the days when we used to buy the wiring diagrams and repair manuals in printed form – or at reasonable prices.

Any wiring diagram or schematic is subject to copyright. So no one should be publishing them on the Internet anyway. So as far as I know there are no official repair manuals and schematics for UK washing machines and other appliances readily available.

There are some exceptions

It seems that there are plenty of schematic’s and wiring diagrams available for American appliances on USA or Canadian repair sites, but not so much for the UK. Some UK washing machines and other appliances have been known to have a wiring schematic under the lid.

I know Miele and a few other quality appliance manufacturers used to place a basic wiring schematic on top of the soap dispenser or underneath the lid. This does not happen on most washing machines though, and even if there are the diagrams can be very basic.

It’s always possible somebody somewhere has posted a wiring diagram on a forum in response to a request. But generally I would think the odds of finding one are pretty low. The best thing to search in Google for (if you haven’t already tried) would be the words, wiring diagram, or wiring schematic, followed by the model number of your appliance (Where to find the proper model number and serial number on a washing machine)

There are some appliance repair manuals being sold, but they tend to be very general and not model specific, and written by third parties. All the ones I’ve seen are also very much out of date although they may well still contain some useful general advice and knowledge.

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24 thoughts on “Why no wiring diagrams repair manuals and circuit diagrams for appliances?”

  1. Wires from pressure gauge and selector these are old male and female connections some I have managed to put back in place

  2. Wires from selector switch and pressure switch selector has two male connectors, pressure switch has four male connectors have managed to put wires onto PCB board but left with six female connectors.

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