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Zanussi FLA1001W
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Post# 553395   11/1/2011 at 16:04 (4,640 days old) by marthalover4eve ()        


i have recently got a zanussi FLA1001W off of Freecycle it doesent turn i took the motor off tonight and the brushes seem fine any ideas

Post# 553527 , Reply# 1   11/2/2011 at 00:19 (4,639 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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capacitor(s) ??

Post# 553529 , Reply# 2   11/2/2011 at 00:24 (4,639 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        

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See if the PCB is ok.?


Post# 553624 , Reply# 3   11/2/2011 at 13:47 (4,639 days old) by marthalover4eve ()        

the psb is fince although a cable was loose it drains and heats and fills will water fine

whats a capacitor

Post# 553633 , Reply# 4   11/2/2011 at 14:08 (4,639 days old) by dascot (Scotland)        

The PCB could still be faulty if it is not turning.

A capacitor holds electric current and is used to provide the 'kick' to start the motor running. See link below for lots more info... :)


Post# 553634 , Reply# 5   11/2/2011 at 14:11 (4,639 days old) by dascot (Scotland)        

Motors sometimes have something called a triac - or a motor control board - that can go faulty. Do you hear any noise? Does it turn when completely empty? Does the drum turn freely when you try to turn it by hand?

Post# 553666 , Reply# 6   11/2/2011 at 16:46 (4,639 days old) by hotpoint9534 (UK)        

There's no motor capacitor on this machine because it has a commutator (carbon brush) motor not an induction motor.


Post# 553750 , Reply# 7   11/3/2011 at 01:32 (4,638 days old) by qualin (Canada)        
A few minor tests

My background is more electronics than mechanics, but if I were you, I'd try this:

- Take a voltmeter with some clip leads, put it on the highest setting, connect it to the motor input leads and turn down the voltage range until you see something. Is the motor getting any voltage? (Be damn careful BTW!) Use common sense and don't select anything less than 25 volts, unless you really hate your meter. :-)

- If the motor is getting voltage, then yeah, it could be a bad cap. They generally look a bit like a pop can, usually silver in colour. They shouldn't be "Puffy" and the black portion with the terminals sticking out should be flat.

- Some multimeters have a capacitance tester on them. If possible, check the capacitance value of the motor start capacitors. They shouldn't vary anything more than 5 percent of rated value on the can.

- Examine the PCB's (Printed Circuit Board) and check for anything which may indicate a component failure. Look for scorch marks, blown capacitors or anything else that doesn't look right.

Capacitors are one of those things that tend to give out with time, unfortunately.

If you can get a service manual, sometimes PCB's will have spots marked "TP" followed by some number. This means "Test Point". You can measure voltages at test points to see if you are getting the expected output at a certain stage of the machines operation.

Good luck!

Post# 553751 , Reply# 8   11/3/2011 at 01:35 (4,638 days old) by qualin (Canada)        

I guess I should pay for the upgraded membership.

I can't read damnit... Ignore my advice on the caps since you said it doesn't have any motor start capacitors.

Capacitors on the PCBs will usually be blue or brown and look like a small can. The tops should be flat, not puffy.

Once again, good luck!

Post# 553819 , Reply# 9   11/3/2011 at 10:33 (4,638 days old) by marthalover4eve ()        

when i first got it i put it on spin and it turned once then it stopped

thanks :)

Post# 553831 , Reply# 10   11/3/2011 at 11:22 (4,638 days old) by marthalover4eve ()        
the operation

i have some news the zanussi pulled through the operation some thing some loose on the time its on a cotton 40 with keep it handy washing machine cleaner

Post# 553901 , Reply# 11   11/3/2011 at 16:00 (4,638 days old) by aquarius1984 (Planet earth)        

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i have some news the zanussi pulled through the operation some thing some loose on the time its on a cotton 40 with keep it handy washing machine cleaner

None of that makes any sense.

Can you phrase it so it does please.

Post# 555086 , Reply# 12   11/8/2011 at 13:21 (4,633 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        

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I believe this is what the wanted to say... :)

I have some news, the Zanussi pulled through the operation test (ie. it worked on test) and theres something loose. I used a Cottons 40 with Keep It Handy washingt machine cleaner.


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