Condenser drier suddenly telling me the water resevoir is full all the time

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It's not, obviously. Any ideas - is this a common problem I may be able to fix?

Well I know how annoying it is when OPs post their problems then don't update, so

*** UPDATE ****

Very nice guy has been out. Drier mended for the reasonable sum of £39. Also fixed the arm of the dishwasher without charge. Not bad value at all, and nice to know a repairer we can now trust.

<hands out tissues for those sobbing over the happy ending>

this is so annoying. Can't get the side panel off as the "couple of screws" they mention are about 6, including one on the bottom.
It should npt be this hard

Wow you're dedicated! It was very dull, I could barely do it, and it's my drier.
Feel this may have to wait till the weekend, hope the weather is good

OldLadyKnowsNothing Tue 25-Jun-13 12:45:00

Just read your link... shock What a flaming hassle!

I've cleaned everything I can see to clean, think I need to do a more full investigation (with screwdriver) on Thursday.By the time I've finished, and given my experience last week with the washer, I'll be setting up a white goods repair service and undercutting the competition. Would anyone like a business card?

oh woo hoo
Job for Thursday I think

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 24-Jun-13 22:35:53

Sorry, yours is obviously posher (and more bloody awkward) than mine. What a pain. Is there any obvious fluff on the outside, you could try brushing away?

So as we've got a self-cleaning one, does that mean I have to get A Man out and pay? How annoying.
I suppose if it's going to go, the middle of summer is the best time, only reason I need this load doing desperately is because I go away n the morning

ouryve Mon 24-Jun-13 22:30:40

Almost definitely the condenser. They inevitably get caked in compressed fluff and lose their effectiveness.

oh bloody hell not another week like last week at the laundrette. Do you think it's sulking, missing its old washing machine friend?

ooh actually no, mne has big "SELF CLEANING CONDENSER" on it, and I can't figure out how to get the thing open - seems I'm not meant to.
that's annoying

ha ha so I should have been cleaning this thing every month or after 20 uses.#Erm

leeloo1 Mon 24-Jun-13 16:51:21

Oh, if it is the condenser (and definitely try this first!) Then mine is on the same side as the reservoir but at the bottom, whereas the reservoir is at the top.

Stellarpunk Mon 24-Jun-13 16:51:07

Yup fluff/hair would do it if it's holding water next to the sensor.

leeloo1 Mon 24-Jun-13 16:50:13

I had this (albeit with a hotpoint dryer) it would start and work for a minute then stop saying the reservoir was full. I followed online instructions (which I googled for) to prise a lumpy bit off the back with 2 tubes going into it. There was a clip with 2 metal bits on it (technical description there!) which when pulled out, wiped and put back in seemed to make it work again. If that hadn't worked then the clip would need replacing.

I think I tried a couple of other things that'd been suggested first and for a while I was leaving the back off and testing it then trying something else.

That was 6ish months ago and touch wood its still working now. I'm not a diy person, so if I can try this anyone can. smile

Will give it a go, thanks smile No dogs here but plenty of fluffy stuff and kids and DH who NEVER check their pockets for tissues

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 24-Jun-13 16:47:12

You will find the layers of metal in the same area as the reservoir. Mine is held in place with very obvious locks. Release locks and pull the condensor unit out.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 24-Jun-13 16:45:46

Yeah, they're reliable - as long as you keep cleaning the filters! grin

Sorry.

where would I find these layers of metal? I assume I pull out the reservoir?

urgh. Thanks everyone. It's a bosch. We just replaced our old washing machine with a bosching machine because "they're so reliable"
hmm

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 24-Jun-13 16:43:42

Mine says the reservoir (containing water which came from the clothes) is full when the condensor (layers and layers of metal, as above) is clogged with doghair. The doghair is wet. The reservoir is empty.

PoppyWearer Mon 24-Jun-13 16:42:10

If it's a Miele dryer, the sensors are all hugely sensitive and you need to clean fecking everything to get it working properly again. A toothbrush on the door filters to remove limescale.

Or, yknow, pay £90 for a Miele engineer to tell you "it's your filters" <glares at otherwise-fabulous but temperamental dryer>

Stellarpunk Mon 24-Jun-13 16:40:27

Possibly the sensor that detects how wet it is is getting wet and staying wet. You may need to call an engineer out.

CashmereHoodlum Mon 24-Jun-13 16:37:13

Sometimes they have more than one filter. Search online for the model no and you should be able to find a manual.

CashmereHoodlum Mon 24-Jun-13 16:36:09

Not the condenser reservoir, the bit that does the actual condensing. Layers and layers of metal. You can pull them out on some models.

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