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Samsung Front Loading Washing Machine WF206BNW/XAA


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#1 jimj

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:38 PM

Hi,
FYI I'm new here, not a total moron, but close.
I have a Samsung Front Loading Washing machine WF206BNW I bought in 2007 that quit during a washing cycle. The door remained locked and all it would do was hum or a what you may call a faint buzz (not from beer!).
I called Samsung and got the standard run around and "stock" answers. Unplug, check drain line etc. Nope! Didn't work.
Finally got the door open and wet clothes out after opening it up and playing with the lock from the inside.
The motor/drum seem to spin freely with no grinding or other weird noises. The control panel seems to be working properly (well it seems to be as the display shows the time for each cycle selected and shows no error codes) however there is a slight hum or buzz coming from the control board (again not from beer). It isn't making the usual "ding" sound when switching load selection (not sure if it got turned off or it is broken or this is an indication the board is bad).
At first I thought it was the motor but after playing with it a little I'm thinking part of the board went bad. Is that possible?
The "authorized Samsung" appliance repair guy is 40 miles away (I'm out in the boonies) and wants to charge me $130 just to come out. Another "authorized" guy 45 miles away says it will be 10 days before he can come out. But says I can bring it in and will take a few days.
I'm figureing if I can pin down the problem and order the part (from this site if you have it) I'll be way ahead as I'm going to get charged for the part anyway, labor and the service call or time and gas to bring it in.
I figure I have nothing to lose to try to fix it myself, which is why I signed up on this site!
Thanks for the help in advance.
Jim J

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 04:24 PM

Did you check the pump for foriegn objects? An obstructed pump, or a failed pump, would cause the symptoms you describe.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 06:24 PM

Hi Nick,
You're a genius! It was a 3M scrub pad blocking the pump and stopping the impeller. Whew! A bullet dodged.
I had already spent (in my mind) $150 for a new motor, $120 for a new PCB etc. I even contemplated a new washer.

However the only thing I spent was 5 hours of work & worry, blood from the cut on my knuckle, a band-aid, $17 at the laundry mat and a few more gray hairs.
But what the heck!
ITS WORKING!!!! YEAAaaa!!!!
Thanks for your help!
Jim J




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