Came home from work today and "Her Indoors" says the w/machine does not work - Fisher Paykel smart drive 053.
The machine had stopped halfway through the rinse cycle. I turned it on and it started to fill with water on/off and then stopped. I used normal slot machine technique and gave it a good rock
and it commenced to function, then when it got to the spin cycle it packed its bags. Finally got it working by holding the bowl slightly off-centre until it finished the spin (don't know how I could have the door open while it was spining, I didn't think that was possible.)
I checked the machine with my levels and it seems OK with the levels diagonally and square rested across the top of the machine - don't know what tolerances are allowed. Anyway I used a couple of coasters to replicate the adjusted balance I had used to complete the spin, as above. The machine then appearred to work perfectly for two more washes unaided as if nothing had happened.
Then I went to web and found this forum. Reading thru the forum I have operated the diagnostic mode as follows - hold down water temp and press power, release both buttons, advance once, and I get "0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 + water level low led"
spin up and I get 5 quick beeps - press advance once more and water level led changes to high + low (all progress leds go out.)
spin up until slow/hold lit and all progress leds remain out.
I get a clicking sound when I move the bowl
I have no experience in washing machine repair but might I be correct in casting suspicion towards the balance microswitch malfunction intermittently. We had one of those replaced by the tech about two years ago, and the fault at that time seemed fairly similiar to what we experienced today. If the machine is now working OK I guess there is nothing we can do until it stops again next time, but if my suspicions are correct is it worthwhile having a microswitch on hand, and what is the replacement procedure. It looked like a straight out component replacement when the Tech did it.
Many thanks, Muzz - an ex-Kiwi slumming it
on the Gold Coast of OZ