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LG Steam Dryer mystery leak - DLEX7177RM

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#1 themax3000

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:41 PM

DLEX7177RM Steam dryer has mystery leak that the customer notices after most cycles, coming from near the front center of the machine. I ran this unit for quite some time and could find no leak. Customer indicated that a previous servicer replaced something (maybe steam generator?) and indicated that this part breaks all the time and they should get used to replacing it.

I could not locate the source of the leak. I went into dx mode and activated the steam generator, and only ended up with a drum full of water, but could find no leak. DX

Any ideas?

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 11:37 PM

<<<DLEX7177RM Steam dryer has mystery leak that the customer notices after most cycles, coming from near the front center of the machine. I ran this unit for quite some time and could find no leak.>>>

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In most cases---this is caused by a partially restricted vent system.

When the back pressure increases due to a restricted/partially blocked vent system---moisture/steam "escapes" from the drum during the cycle (fairly common).

Check all hoses for tight connections as well (it's rare to find a leaky hose).

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<<<I could not locate the source of the leak. I went into dx mode and activated the steam generator, and only ended up with a drum full of water>>>

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To initiate the DIAGNOSTICS TEST MODE...

Press/hold the MORE TIME and LESS TIME buttons

Then press the POWER button and release all three buttons.

To test the STEAM GENERATOR funtion...

Press the START/PAUSE button 4 times.

NOTE: During the STEAM GENERATOR test mode---the SG pump *will flood* the dryer if allowed to run too long.

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<<<Customer indicated that a previous servicer replaced something (maybe steam generator?) and indicated that this part breaks all the time and they should get used to replacing it.>>>

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False.


ADDITIONAL NOTES:

The STEAM GENERATOR in an LG dryer serves 2 functions...

1) Static Reduction---Most of the dry cycles will add a small spray of steam into the drum during *the last* 15 minutes of a cycle.

2)The EASY IRON cycle adds a *heavy* amount of steam to the laundry load to leave clothes very damp in preparation for *ironing*.

If STEAM DRY is selected (any cycle)---the STEAM GENERATOR will be turned off during the last 8 minutes of the cycle.

If using the STEAM FRESH option---the SG will NOT energize if the Moisture Sensor Bars detect moisure in the load (clothing).

Edited by john63, 25 April 2012 - 12:49 AM.

To eliminate:

Musty odor

L-O-N-G cycle times

Dingy/yellowing whites

Suds error message

Slow spin speeds

Intermittent water leaks (from rear of washer)

And other annoying symptoms which vary brand-to brand.

Read below:

The *correct* amount of HE (High Efficiency) detergent that should be used in any front load or agitatorless top load washer with tub sizes 3.0 cu ft and larger is as follows:

HE: (2) Tablespoons Per Wash Load

HE 2X: (1) Tablespoon

HE 3X: (1) Teaspoon

Perform a TUB CLEAN CYCLE every (4) months.

Use: "Tide Washing Machine Cleaner"

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:15 AM

John63, I believe you have misread what TheMax3000 is working on: LG Steam Dryer.

You appear to be explaining a leaking steam generator in an LG washer and using the the wrong detergent, (I don't believe the wrong detergent used in the washer will cause a dryer to leak?).
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 05:11 PM

<<<John63, I believe you have misread what TheMax3000 is working on: LG Steam Dryer.>>>

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Holy Mackerel ! How'd I miss that !!! :)

Thanks---I corrected the above post.
To eliminate:

Musty odor

L-O-N-G cycle times

Dingy/yellowing whites

Suds error message

Slow spin speeds

Intermittent water leaks (from rear of washer)

And other annoying symptoms which vary brand-to brand.

Read below:

The *correct* amount of HE (High Efficiency) detergent that should be used in any front load or agitatorless top load washer with tub sizes 3.0 cu ft and larger is as follows:

HE: (2) Tablespoons Per Wash Load

HE 2X: (1) Tablespoon

HE 3X: (1) Teaspoon

Perform a TUB CLEAN CYCLE every (4) months.

Use: "Tide Washing Machine Cleaner"

#5 themax3000

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:19 PM

", (I don't believe the wrong detergent used in the washer will cause a dryer to leak?)."

It would not surprise me to find a customer putting detergent in a dryer! They do everything else!

Thanks for the guidance.






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