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 All the ones I’ve seen are also very much out of date although they may well still contain some useful general advice and knowledge.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. I just bought a washing machine ignis 50 and have tried all i could to make properly i did nt find the manual inside so what do i do i need the manual for me to know how to use it properly.


  2. Hello tesqueen. You are mixing up repair manuals with user manuals. There’s a link to user manuals on the first paragraph of the article but unfortunately Ignis are not a brand you can get much information on in the UK. I think they are American.

  3. tried to download manual for a Beko washing machine, site kept redirecting me to buy a new one, so if I have to buy a new machine, guess what brand I will NOT be buying.

  4. Fantastic website. Wish I had read your comments about circuit diagrams before I spent hours searching. In 2016 things are still the same and working out how to take a machine apart or check a component is very frustrating. I have just done a “take every screw in sight out” dismantle job. Nothing happened!! So tried and tested service tricks don’t always work.

  5. Hi Mike. In the first paragraph I say, “..because they are not officially available.” The article also says, “they are only available to the trade”, “Another issue is that any wiring diagram or schematic is subject to copyright so no one should be publishing them on the Internet”, and “As far as I know there are no official repair manuals and schematics for UK washing machines and other appliances readily available”.

    PS. If you meant why do they not make them available it’s just because they are dangerous in the wrong hands. They aren’t going to help people to delve into the really technical aspects of diy repairs.

  6. Yes I read that paragraph about trade as in secret, but what happens is that people are forced to buy the replacement unit without even diagnosing the problem at component level due to the lack of a circuit layout. I can see that fine pitched IC’S and SMT circuits aren’t repairable even for factory level technicians
    but some of the two sided thru-hole stuff are repairable even at home if could find the parts, which are also sometimes part of the trade secret. Don’t get me wrong I am not talking about the “High Tech” multi layered stuff but something like a Refrigerator or Microwave etc. why not. Don’t call customer service NO…NO…NO!

  7. To be honest, I never used circuit diagrams. The pcbs and controllers, timers etc have never been repairable. Appliance manufacturers only supply the complete modules and pcbs so white goods engineers have never been interested in them. Pcb faults were diagnosed by a process of elimination. If needing to trace electrical faults we just physically traced wires. These days it’s even worse as most faults just display an error code which implicates various or specific parts. If I was to repair washing machines every day for the next year I don’t think I would ever need a circuit wiring diagram.

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