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Question DetailsAsked on 6/15/2017

Can switching to solar cause appliances to malfunction? your question...

Five months ago I bought a Maytag washer. Before switching to solar and when the machine should have been off, I heard clicking like the relays were trying to cycle the washer. Could solar cause the washer to quit functioning?

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That behavior could of course be due to a bad control board, the washer being set on heated drying (if it has that function), or delayed start timer running. Or if the machine had been running recently, just cooling off can cause metallic clicking sounds.

Assuming your machine has electronic control (has a LED display panel), electronic controls are sensitive to voltage - mow voltage in the system might have some effect, certainly excessively high voltage could cause circuit board damage, so if your voltage regulation on the solar system is not working right that could cause some problems. But it sounds like these sounds started BEFORE you switched to solar power, as I read the explanation above, right ? Then it sounds like it has now quit - so most likely, if lights are normal brightness and you are not having other items with trouble, would most likely be a problem that just started shortly after it was new and got worse.

Could also just be electronic component failure - a LOT of electronic defects are popping up in electronic controlled major appliances (ranges, washers, dishwashers, etc) and the mean time between failure seems to be rapidly decreasing - the reason I recommend simple (and a lot cheaper) mechanical timer washers and dryers and similar appliances.

Check your warranty - assuming you bought it new, likely still under warranty so check your paperwork and how to call for service under the warranty.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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