[Solution] LG Direct Drive washing machine that dries poorly
Your LG brand washing machine is 5-10 years old and for some time now, when you do laundry, then you use the drying function with times of for example 60 minutes or 120 minutes, and you find that the laundry is still very humid, far from being dry. If the laundry is left as is in the machine, it will smell bad after a few hours. You will then have to start washing again. So this is very problematic. You also find that the drum of the machine is not very hot as before.
This shows that there is a problem with the drying performed by your washing machine.
Where could this problem come from ?
In 99% of cases, it is simply an excess of fabric fibers which have gone up to the top of the machine, and have infiltrated the ducts of the part dedicated to drying, in particular the fan which blows the machine. 'hot air. Indeed, not only the duct is encumbered by these particles of wool and cotton, but also the fan in question which must be surrounded by this material. So the hot air remains confined to the fan and the duct where the air is supposed to pass.
It is necessary :
- disconnect the power cable from the washing machine,
- remove the large water evacuation tube,
- close the water inlet to the machine by turning the water inlet tap clockwise.
- Disconnect the water inlet hose from the machine.
- Then you push the machine, to have access to the back.
- There you have to unscrew the two screws at the top of the back.
- You can then pull the machine cover towards you and remove it.
- take a picture of your open machine to remind you where the screws you are going to remove are located,
- Then we will unscrew the screws of the plate which covers the fan (red arrow on the image below).
- There are 6 or 7 screws, be careful not to drop them, otherwise you will need a magnet and a fishing line to recover them, or even to completely dismantle the machine.
- the plate on which the fan is fixed is turned over,
- we remove a maximum of tissue fibers stuck here and there,
- using a tube cleaning brush, we will go back and forth at the level of the duct to remove the hairs and fabric dust that have accumulated.
- we unscrew the plastic filter at the bottom right of the machine, to allow water to drain out,
- remove the cap from the water outlet pipe,
- we put towels to collect as much water as possible,
- we run hot water through a pipe in the drying duct, be careful not to put water everywhere, the water must only rush into the duct where the fibers were of fabrics.
- beware: water then drains from the bottom of the machine, at the level of the filter, which is why you have to put a lot of towels to mop up as much water as possible, in which will be bundles of fibers ,
- water may scatter all over the ground, so remember to clean around your machine beforehand, and remove all that is cardboard, all that is electrical,
- you can take the opportunity to check the resistance (blue arrow on the image below) to see if there are no fibers inside.
- remove the resistance cover,
- the bundles of fibers are removed,
- we check if there is no rust on the hood, if so we remove this rust with a spoon,
- we check that there has been no water splashes on the electric cables inside your machine,
- otherwise, we wait for it to dry,
- finally we screw the resistance cover back on,
- screw the fan cover back on,
- replace the hood of the washing machine,
- replace the two screws at the top behind the washing machine,
- screw on the plastic filter at the bottom of the machine,
- replace the cap of the water drainage pipe,
- we put the large water evacuation tube back into the evacuation duct,
- reconnect the water inlet hose, make sure it is properly fixed,
- we reopen the water inlet tap, by turning it anti-clockwise, you should hear water coming under pressure in it,
- reconnect the power cable,
- we run a laundry with the towels that were used to soak up the water,
- then we start drying, we see if everything is working.
- normally the problem should be solved.
The hood of the washing machine can be left open during the test to see if the fan which blows the hot air is operational during drying. If not, it means that a power cable inside the machine is out of order. You can also check that the resistance is working, by passing your hand over the respective cover, without touching the cover as you risk burning your hand otherwise. If there is no heat given off by this cover during drying, it could be due to a problem with the power cable or a faulty resistance. Nowadays it is possible to find spare parts for these machines if necessary.
If the machine indicates the error "IE", it means that the water does not enter the machine or that the quantity of water is not sufficient. Check that the water inlet tap is open enough. There is usually a plastic safety device on the tap that must be unscrewed to be able to turn the tap counterclockwise.
It is very important to remove these fibers from fabrics, otherwise the resistance will be damaged as we can see in this image, the resistance has heated up to white the metal cover which covers it.
Think carefully through each step. Reread the guide several times before embarking on disassembling the washing machine. Do not hesitate to go through a professional if you find it too complicated.
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