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Hotpoint tumble Dryer

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Hotpoint tumble Dryer

If you do not own a Hotpoint Tumble Dryer do not waste any of your time by reading any more of this post.

If you do own such a Dryer then the following information may be of some use to you.

Our old dryer was replaced as it required a modification to make it safe but the waiting time was such that we opted for a new dryer at the special offer of £ 59. That was last April, the dryer has only be used about 6 or 7 times since and no longer heats up but the drum turns ok

Fixed for free under the 12 month guarantee. Now we get to the interesting bit, the dryer has 2 thermostats one of which is a one stop thermostat, this is what had gone, it cannot be reset like on older dryers and has to be replaced.

If the machine is out of guarantee this work will cost you approx £110.

The cost of the actual thermostats for a pair is £10 - £15 depending on where you get them.

The dryer model in question is a Hotpoint Aquarius model number TVFS83CPG

The reference code for the thermostats is C00112196.

How do you know if it's the thermostat rather than the heating element that has packed up, well the top of the thermostats are convex, if they go they become concave.

I take no responsibility for anyone who decides to change these thermostats themselves and the above is just for information only.

One final tip, do not open the dryer door before the machine has finished drying as this can lead to the thermostat going.

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harrym1byt
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Re: Hotpoint tumble Dryer

If it is a similar part, to the one which tripped on our washer drier, the over temperature stat - a 2x spade terminal device, they can be reset with a little effort....

They are of an identical design to a resettable one, except the reset pin and its hole is absent. You simply drill a tiny hole in the centre of the plastic top (which is marked with an indent), just through the plastic, then push a tiny peg/screwdriver in until it clicks. It needs to be done very gently, or the disc can be damaged. 

Our stat trips occasionally when the condensation duct becomes obstructed with fluff from the clothes, so I made it so it was resettable.

 

HeBeGeBe
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Re: Hotpoint tumble Dryer

Or you can just throw it - convex bit down - onto a hard floor.  Reset.  Make sure that you know why it tripped in the first place though and correct that or it will happen again.  Usually blocked filters, condenser plates or, as already mentioned, opening the door whilst the machine is running.  If this keeps happening then new thermostats required.

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Re: Hotpoint tumble Dryer

@harrym1byt

@HeBeGeBe

Thanks, those comments are interesting, clearly it works as you have already tried it..

Do either of you know exactly what is inside the tempature stat ? Is it just a couple of contacts that open and break the circuit or is there more to it than that ?

Anyone else know how these specific thermostats work ?

harrym1byt
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Re: Hotpoint tumble Dryer

In the simple over temperature stat, their is just a bi-metal, slightly domed disk which until tripped, links the two terminals. Bi-metal, as in two different metals side by side in the manufacture of the disk, which expand and contract at differing rates of expansion. If the temperature rises beyond a certain level, the dome pops the opposite way, breaking its contact with the terminals. Once tripped or popped, it stays popped until manually reset, by pressure on the dome.

They can be bought as a component for various temperatures for £2 or £3 if you know the breaking temperature. You pay a premium for the same part for a particular machine from a manufacturers parts supplier.  

Moderator's note by Mike (Mav): Full quote of preceding post removed as per Forum rules.

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Re: Hotpoint tumble Dryer

Interesting thought that, I have nextdoor's old indesit washer-dryer (indesit bought out Hotpoint and that's when the brand turned to junk) and  they said the dryer part of it "never worked" as they got it used from a clearance place nearby, perhaps it too suffered a similar fate with a non-resettable 'stat... Huh

 

Would go take a look but it's out in the back shed under a dismantled HP laser printer, and has gone a bit rancid so stinks a fair bit...Crazy