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- Sylvia Else
August 3, 2010, 4:27 am
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My F&P washing machine was emitting a noise during its emptying cycle
that anyone here would recognise as meaning that the pump bearings were
It turns out that the pump can be replaced without any tools whatsoever:
Unplug from the mains, disconnect the pipes from the taps, pull the
waste pipe out of sink and tip the machine on its side (access to the
innards is from underneath). Pull the two power lead spades off the
motor, press a plastic tab to let the motor/pump rotate in its mounting,
and it can be pulled out. Installing the new one is just the reverse.
I wish all repairs were that simple. Nice one F&P.
Re: Credit where credit is due: Fisher & Paykel.
From the manufacturer's Australian office, amongst others.
There is a legal obligation on manufacturers and importers to make spare
parts available for a 'reasonable period'. They cannot refuse to supply
them to end users.
Well, not yet.
Though I'm sure that there's a regulator somewhere contemplating the
question of whether someone without formal qualification in washing
machine repair is competent to attach a couple of spade connectors,
press a plastic tab, and rotate a motor housing. Self-help is not highly
regarded in Australia these days.
Re: OT: Credit where credit is due: Fisher & Paykel.
Mind you, it's a shame that the old pump now heads for the tip. I
dismantled it out of interest. It was easy to dissassemble and put back
together, and the bearings, which appear to be bronze, could easily have
been replaced. Nothing else is worn.
I must admit, I didn't ask F&P whether I could obtain just the bearings,
but I'd be very surpised if I could.