One day while I was doing laundry, my washer stopped in the middle of a cycle and the screen displayed the error code E20. Since the owner’s manual did not have any information on error codes, I went online to find an answer. Sure enough there it was -- error code E20 indicated that the “coin trap” was blocked.
I thought, “Wow, what a clever component -- a trap to block coins and other debris from ruining the evacuation pump.” So I looked for an access door only to find that it was on the rear of the machine. I moved the units away from the wall -- I have the washer and dryer stacked -- and proceeded to remove the back cover. There it was, the coin trap... behind three hoses.
The three hoses are connected to a boot at three different locations with three different kinds of clamps. This assembly is at arm's length, and there is only room for one arm to get in to work on it. After two hours, I managed to get two of the three hoses unhooked. I then looked for a solution to remove the last hose. I saw there was a cutout on the bottom of the washer, so I lifted the dryer off, tilted the washer back against the wall, and tried from the bottom.
After another hour I got the coin catcher assembly removed and cleaned out. Now I had to try to reassemble the boot assembly with one hand, blindly. When your hand is in the access area, you can't see in to line up the hoses and install the clamps. After five more hours of trying to remove the front panel and other options, I was ready to drag the machine down my driveway with a chain and put it out on the curb.
Then I thought, “I have nothing to lose. Why not make an access hole in the side?” So I got out my saber saw and cut a 12x12-inch panel in the side. In 10 minutes I had the boot and pump assembly together and the machine running again.
This entry was submitted by Gary D. Rodichok and edited by Rob Spiegel.
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