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Piglet

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We've "inherited" a washing machine, it's a Zanussi FL1085 and it's a good few years old (prob 15 plus).

It's not washing well and having watched it, it appears not to be taking in enough water. I know that "modern" machines aren't supposed to slop around in loads of water but this appears to be getting the washing wet and not much more!

Today we added about 10 litres of additional water through the soap dispenser and for the first time ever it appears to be properly washing. Although it also appears to be not taking much water for the rinses either.

Any thoughts - I don't really want to bin it as without a job I don't want to use my savings to replace it right now. I wonder if there is some straightforward component that might limit how much water it takes in.

We've checked that all the inlet pipes are connected etc.

FlossyThePig

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Our washing machine died last week. This site proved to be very useful.

There is usually some form of sensor to check filling that may become a bit clogged with limescale, detergent, etc. You could check that. It was situated at the back, near the top on a previous model we had.

The Haynes manual is quite useful as well.




Piglet

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Thanks FTP, the link is useful. We'll pull the machine out in the next day or two and see what we can see.

A sensor problem sounds most likely as it's definitely taking water in, just nowhere near enough, so we just need to see if we can find something that looks obvious.

At least the good news is that as long as we add water to it at the start then it seems to be washing OK, it's not taking in much rinse water but it doesn't seem to be a problem.
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