Samurai Appliance Repair Man
Fermented Grand Master of Appliantology
Before we go the replacement route again is there anything other than the motor that could be causing the fuse to blow? Line voltage is 122.5 VAC. Fuse is 12A 250VAC. Do you guys think its safe to go to a 15A 250VAC fuse (these are the only ones available locally)? Don't see anything obviously amiss with the seed control board, burned contacts, diodes, resistore, etc.
Million dollar home, 5 dollar washer - go figure.
Hey, we're running the same kinda gig! Up here in New Hampster, Lake Sunapee region, it's Second Home City for the high dollar city slickers from Boston and New York. Even Aerosmith keeps a house up here on Lake Sunapee. I know what you mean: some of these estates are worth over 5 million dollars, you go in 'em and they have GE crap in the laundry room. Thing I wonder is, with all that obvious super-abundance of liquid cash, why they even bother calling me in to fix it instead of just having a new one delivered. I dunno, just don't know.
When I see fuses blow repeatedly and in a short span of time, I know there's something else going on. You know this, too. The motor is one suspect. You can check it out doing static tests with your ohm meter and dynamic tests using your amp meter. Not sure if this is a DC or AC motor, but if AC, then you'll want to test the aramature insulation using a megger.
The other suspect is power quality problems. We have really dirty power up here and I suspect that most other resorty places do, too, because there aren't alot of industries around holding the power company's feet to the fire. I check power quality using a meter specifically designed for this, a Fluke 43B.
They're a couple grand now. Got mine from Grainger a few years back for about $1,500.
Well, that's all I got. I'm sure someone else will have something stunningly simple and insightful. Stay tuned.