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Its been about 4 min. The humming just stopped. The washer is not operating , no water in, no rotation. The display is showing about 57 (mins) as it would normally to show time left in the cycle.
Update: it has been about 5 min now and the washer has started the cycle. Water is going in and the machine is starting the rotation pattern that it normally does. I have left it running.
OK - it is still running. There is no clothes in it now. The wash cycle is progressing like it would normally (about 52 min remaining).
I will let it run until it either finishes or throws a code. If it does throw a code how do I get back in touch with you? If the cycle completes normally what has been causing the start delay (about 4 min) before the wash cycle start?
OK - thanks. Do you know what the two codes I saw when I entered service mode mean? I understand that the 1F:81 code is what is expected when entering the service mode. What does the other code (1U:00) indicate?
Ran another wash tonight - washer stopped with displaying the code OE.
Ok - cleaned the filter - really not that much there.
This weekend I will take the washer apart as you have suggested.
Just to let you know, about 8 months ago we had a down pillow come apart in the washer. Down and feathers everywhere - quite the mess. Drain filter was completly plugged. Also my daughter rides horses and some of the things that get washed have alot of horse hair on them. A clogged line makes alot of sense.
Ok - thanks - bye (for now)
I took the washer apart. Found a You Tube video that showed me how to remove the front and then access the water pump. It was quite easy.
I removed the pump. The two water hoses attached to the pump where clear. I could easily blow through both and there was no obvious clogs.
I removed the motor/impeller assembly from the pump. Again no obvious blockages.
I tried blowing through the small black pipe that comes out to the front of the washer which is attached to the pump assembly.
It was completely blocked with very fine black particles. It looked like very fine sand. I used a skewer and removed all of the sand from the tube. I would say that 90% of the tube length was filled with sand.
I was washing off the impeller and when I put it down the water that dripped from it was also full of the same fine sand. So being careful not to get the motor wet I kept rinsing the impeller and more and more sand came out.
After about 15 to 20 min of rinsing out the sand, I noticed that the impeller would move in an out about 1/4". I did not notice that before.
I have assembled every thing and the washer is now operating.
The wash cycle started right away - did not sit and hum for 10 to 15 min.
Before I removed the sand from both the tube and the impeller the impeller did rotate freely.
Have you hear of this type of sand build up?