How to Repair a Fisher Paykel Washing Machine




About 2 years ago, when after nearly 10 years of uninterrupted service our trusty Fisher and Paykel GW609 washing machine failed to start I wasn’t sure what to do. Should I buy a new one? Or should I try to repair it and in the process, save the environment of more plastic, lead, and who knows what else?
I felt that at least I should give the repair a go. But I didn’t have much time, I was under pressure by ‘management’ to get it going or get a new one…but soon!
And so I began searching the Net for schematics, technical info and anything helpful I could find. But very little was forthcoming. Only a few posts here and there but nothing substantial, the general consensus were that most of the faults are to do with the Control Module. The most useful information found was a copy of the service manual (attached) with a listing of the fault codes, but no reference to the Control Module or its schematic. It seems no one had been able to repair the Module and that this part is considered a throwaway by the manufacturer when faulty, to be replaced with a new one when it fails. This seemed like a waste of natural resources and money and so I decided to take a good look at it and check it, to see if it was really faulty and if so, could be repaired.

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Step 1: Take Care!

During the repair, always double check and take a look at that plug to make sure it is off the wall before doing anything inside the machine.
Yes, here we are going to deal with possible electrocution if you are careless because the control board and peripherals are all connected to mains. So remove that plug before touching anything…and don’t forget there is water everywhere too!

Step 2: Opening the Control Panel

Make sure the plug is off the wall. It is convenient if the washing machine is empty of water and washing because the water level sensor will not be affected when it is disconnected, and latter on re-attached, during the repair.
Remove the 2 screws at the back of the Control Panel (see pic), and lift the Panel off the machine from the back rotating towards the front (see pic). You will see the Control Module (a long bluish plastic box with many cables and plugs) still attached to the machine. The Control Panel is connected to the Control Module by a cable with a plug. Disconnect this plug from the module and put the Control Panel aside in a safe place.
NOTE: all of the sockets in the Control Module have small plastic latches that secure the plugs to the sockets; you have to carefully unlatch the plugs to unplug them (see pic).

Step 3: Removing the Control Module.

At this point, if you have a Digital Camera handy, take one or two photos of the whole thing and keep it for reference later on, when re-attaching everything back.
First, with great care remove the pressure sensor hose from the Pressure Sensor by first removing the spring clip towards the hose and pushing the edge of the hose away from the sensor (see pic). Do not pull from the hose as this will grab the sensor’s plastic pipe and possibly break it! Take care, as the hose will most probably be stuck to the sensor by years of close contact.
Next, unplug the spade connectors on the top-left corner noting their positions. This is very important because they are the mains and the ground connections and these must go back to the exact same locations.
Now remove all the plugs from the Module (they are all of different sizes so there is no need to put marks on them for when reassembling).
After removing all the plugs from the Control Module, there are still two cables left going to the hot and cold water valves, and both have connectors pointing downwards (see pic). With care disconnect these 2 connectors but put marks on them (like RED and BLU) to re-attach correctly because these two are of similar size.
With everything disconnected from the Module, remove the screw that secures the Module to the machine and lift it clear off the machine.

Step 4: Opening the Control Module

The Control Module consists of a long PCBoard, enclosed in a 2-part plastic box. This box can be easily pried open by un-clipping 3 plastic tabs along one of the sides of the box. Once the box is open, the control board can be taken out of the box by also un-clipping the retaining plastic tabs (see pics).

Step 5: Repairing the Control Board: Checking the Fuses.

For this step we need a Digital Multimeter (DMM).
There are 2 fuses on the board (see pic), one of 1.6A and the other of 4A, both type ‘T’ (slow-blow). Set the DMM to the Diode-Check range and test the fuses for continuity. Replace the faulty ones.
In the lapse of 1 year, I had to repair my board 4 times, mainly due to the fact that initially I could not find the original transistors or their exact equivalents and the replacements I fitted weren’t quite up to the job. In all cases the 1.6A fuse had blown, only in the last repair the 4A fuse had blown as well.
I replaced the original fuses with the more common 20mm type, by soldering leads to them and placing them near their original position (see pic). During the last repair I decided to mount a fuse holder as well, only for the 1.6A fuse, as there isn’t enough room in the box for the other one.

Step 6: Repairing the Control Board: Checking the Power Mosfets.

With the DMM still set to the Diode-check range, check each one of the Power Mosfets (about 12 of them) the following way: connect the probes to the small two outer pins (the center one is connected to the tab that is soldered to the board) and look for a short circuit indication (see pic). With care desolder and replace the shorted (faulty) mosfets. During my first repair I replaced four Power Mosfets, then two in the 2nd, then another two in the 3rd, and then another two in the 4th. Only two were the same transistors. Every time one of the Power Mosfets blows, also the medium power mosfet (the driver) blows and needs to be changed (see pic). But before replacing it, once removed double check with the DMM that it is shorted, just in case the short is on the diodes or somewhere else. When desoldering the Mosfets, heat up the tab first and then the pins, all in quick succession while carefully pulling with long nose pliers until freed from the board. This operation is difficult because the Mosfets are glued to the board during manufacturing and you have to crack the tiny bond before the Mosfet can be removed. Be very gentle not to damage the board as it can be easily damaged.

Step 7: Repairing the Control Board: Checking the Resistors.

Some of the power mosfets have a 100-ohm resistors across their gates. These resistors sometimes also blow up with the mosfet and go open circuit. They are close to the mosfet, usually right in front. Check all these 100-ohm resistors (marked ‘101’) the following way: after replacing the blown mosfet, connect the DMM probes across both ends of the resistor and look for a reading of about 0.100 or near. If there is no reading, the resistor is open circuit and must be changed. Take your time because if you miss a faulty one, that mosfet blows up instantly again when powering up the board.

Step 8: Repairing the Control Board: Checking the Diodes

With the DMM still set to the Diode-check range, check each one of the large Power Diodes on the other side of the board (see pic) the following way: Connect the DMM probes to each end of the diode and look for an open circuit indication (no indication) or a diode indication (an indication of somewhere between 0.4 and 0.6). Then reverse the probes and check for the opposite indication to the one before. If any of the DMM readings indicate a short, or an open in both directions, the diode is faulty; and must be replaced. Check all power diodes. I never found any of the smaller diodes faulty, but if all else fails to repair the board, you will need to check these too. On the last repair, all four diodes in the bridge configuration feeding the electro caps had blown, all cracked open, and part of the PCB track had vaporized.

Step 9: Firing It Up.

Re-assemble the Control Module and put it back in its place with the holding screw. Re-connect all the wires, paying particular attention to the 2 ground spade connectors and the mains connector. Do not re-attach the pressure sensor hose at this stage. Turn around the Control panel so that it faces the right way up and place it just lose in its place on top of the Control Box.
Now stand back and plug the mains plug in. If all is well, the control Panel should light up, ‘sing’ and settle on the last known washing cycle. Success!!!
If it fails again, you will hear a faint ‘Plop’ and you will have to start all over again because you missed one or more faulty components. Be thorough this time (it happened to me the first time because I had missed one open circuit 100-ohm resistor).
When all goes well, unplug the mains cord and, if there is no water in the machine, re-attach the pressure sensor hose and the clip.
If there is water in the machine, you will need to remove it from the machine before re-attaching the pressure sensor hose or the machine will think it is empty when in fact it is not and will overfill with more water causing a mess.

Step 10: Failure Troubleshooting.

When you first look at the board you wonder...What could be faulty here??? ...but I was so far lucky that replacing the Fuses, the Mosfets and the diodes was all I needed to get it going again, with one exception: the time it stopped because the off-balance microswitch (fitted under the Power Module, see pic) was broken and had to replace it. I found this fault by following the indication of the Fault Codes given in the manual. I bet most of the faults are due to just these parts.
If the module didn’t work the first time, check it over again. If all those Power Mosfets, Diodes, resistors and fuses are okay, the module should work because very rarely any of the other components on the board go faulty.
The water pump is now beginning to make some bearing noise, but my Fisher and Paykel is still going strong to this day.

Step 11: List of Materials

For this repair you will need:

A Philips screwdriver,
Long nose pliers,
A digital multimeter
A small soldering iron
A solder sucker

10 x 1.6A / 250V / T / 20mm fuses (slow-blow fuses) (Farnell p/n 112-3127 ) (about $10)
10 x 4A / 250V / T / 20mm fuses (slow-blow fuses) (Farnell p/n 1123135 ) (about $10)
10 x 100-ohm SMD resistors (Farnell p/n 933-5749 ) (about $5)
10 x FCD4N60 Power Mosfets (Farnell p/n 132-4776 ) (about $10)
10 x BUK98180 Medium Power Mosfets (Farnell p/n 176-9680 ) (about $10)
20 x BTY78 Avalanche Soft recovery Power Diodes (Farnell p/n 165-1070 ) (about $10)

These quantities ensure you have plenty for more than one repair, saving time as well (four in my case, and I did my last in less than an hour).

Step 12: Conclusion

The question remains…why do the Power Mosfets blow up? (the other components blow up only as a consequence). In my opinion the first event that happens puts a strain on some of the other Mosfets, which in time also fail. But why do they fail in the first place?
I am investigating this at the moment. The best explanation I can find is that under some circumstances when the machine is stopped half way through a microcontroller’s program execution (for instance when the machine is stopped with the POWER button instead of using the PAUSE button), some Mosfets are left activated out of sync and blow up. To control this situation I have now instructed ‘management’ to stop or change programs only using the PAUSE button. This has so far worked well.

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115 Discussions


20 days ago

You sir are a god among men. You saved a washing machine from the landfill. I thoroughly appreciate the time and effort you put into this. Thank you.


4 weeks ago on Step 5

I recently had a F&P washing machine stop working and was told by engineer, it could not be fixed. Is the machine progammed for obsolescence?


2 months ago

I have a GW609AU. The control board is very similar to this, but does not have any fuses. Instead it has small round brown devices that look like CAPS. I came here firstly because the machine was giving me an error code 49. I pulled it apart, did some testing. All seemed OK, so I decided to power it up - It worked. So I started a wash. 20 minutes later, I had a flash flood - the machine had overflowed. Clearly I had missed a connection. After clearing the flood, I powered back up, and tried to advance to the drain cycle. Immediately got a bang on the board and it died. I think I got some moisture on the board :(. My question is, what other model machines have the same, or close enough board to work in this machine? Occasionally second hand machines pop up but might not be the same model. ie GW608U, GW709


10 months ago

Hi - Thanks a lot for your work on this. It sure does the trick! I just got my 15+ year old F&P going again by ordering these parts and following the instructions given. Well Done!


1 year ago

My washing machine has problem when I turn on the power only three indication light on, two in the washing process and the light for spin, what do you think is the problem?


1 year ago

I have Fisher&Paykel(model WL70T60C).it makes a lot of wrinkles.and some clothes get some dirty strain.i dont know why.any solution? How i can open it..?


1 year ago

Hello, In Brisbane Australia and we have a WA1068G1 Fisher & Paykel that requires ongoing repair of the motor control module (model 424317NAP images attached).

Last time the fella used his DMM and diagnosed on the spot when I took the module to him and we collected the working unit the next day.

Same problem in progress and looking morbid. First the machine fails to power at first push of the button, then power button works. Second the machine fails to power on for intermittent periods (especially when wet weather), then finally the machine does not power for grim periods, this time I found tipping the machine and pressing power worked, but that is now failing also. Under all conditions once the power button responds, all other buttons are not problematic. Also we know the module is active, as turning on the power at the wall activates a run though of the display lights from left to right and a beep.. it is just the power button that has grievances. What do I need to do the the control module to test and repair?


1 year ago

WL80T65CW2 Smart drive won't spin , goes off balance and starts to cry. How much water should be trapped inside bottom tank of spin cylinder? How do you test suspension rod springs for replacement?


2 years ago

Apparently, If you lift the lid during a fast spin cycle, the back EMF from the motor is so high it destroys the snubbers that protect the mosfets, which it then also destroys. Any signal to drive the motor that is already in overspeed will connect the mosfets to it, destroying them. As a precaution, I would also replace the snubber components, as these are also likely to be dead as well.

Our 15 year old GWL10 worked fine up to a few days ago when it just powered down at the beginning of a wash cycle when filling. I could get it to continue the cycle for short periods (generally 2 -3 minutes but longer some times) by unplugging the wire, waiting a few minutes and plugging it back in. The cycle would resume where it powered down for a short period then power down again. I finally advanced it to the spin cycle until it had drained completely and beeped signaling it had finished the cycle. After reading a number of the posts here, I disconnected the pump and hose but did not find any blockage. I did find water stains on the pump and floor so it had been leaking which I think I solved with silicone grease around the shaft and seal. But it's still doing the same power down thing as before. It is not giving me any codes. It had been making the infamous screeching sound that so many people talked about but I think I've corrected that by cleaning and lubricating the pump. Any help would be much appreciated.

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Reply 2 years ago

If your control panel, and machine, are powering down it could be the pump. GWL10 (not sure if all, but Phase 5) uses the pump circuit for the controls. I have this machine, there were no codes found in diagnostic mode and a call to FP suggested the pump (420324P). Australian person said "should be 7 ohms across the two wire leads to pump". It was 31ohms, so I ordered one. It came, easy to install (no even a screw to loosen, just lean it against a wall and go from bottom). I have to say, new pump measured 35 ohms, not 7. Anyway, the machine now works.

Another thing you should so is tap the 'Regular' cycle button, in diag mode, which test fires the pump. If it is flakey and doesn't stay on, fire up, or makes noise, that's another way spending the $100 becomes a wise move.

I never saw a reply from nevergiveupfixingit; however, I hope (based on your username) that you were able to find the solution. FYI, in my case, I was able to fix the problem by replacing the drain pump. The following section from the Service Manual (found on-line) was helpful in making the diagnosis; I replaced the drain pump a few weeks ago, and the washer has been working fine since then.


Because the pump is part of the switch mode power supply, it is important to first check the pump before changing a module for "no power".

If the pump's thermal overload goes open circuit the power to the module will be lost, so no fault will be reported. When the thermal device has reset, the module will power up normally. This could take between 3 - 10 minutes depending on the temperature of the pump at the time of failure.

If the pump has blocked and the thermal overload has gone open circuit, just remove the blockage from the pump, the module and the pump should still be okay.

If the pump windings are water damaged, the pump will quickly overheat and cut off again. The pump must be replaced in this case. The electronics should still be okay.

It is important to check the pump windings thoroughly for water damage. It is possible for the resistance of a water damaged pump to be normal, however the inductance of the pump can change causing it to overheat and cut out.


I have a 14-year-old GWL10 and just yesterday started having exactly the same problem that you are describing. Have you had any luck diagnosing / solving the issue? Any info you have would be greatly appreciated!


2 years ago

I "inherited" a WE3T26G washer that won't power on. I thought I'd open up the control panel to see if there was anything visibly amiss. I got a little overzealous and unplugged wires from the motherboard without taking a picture. (eek! lesson learned!) So now, not only does the machine not power on, but there are wires out with no obvious place to plug them back in.

My question is twofold: first, does anyone have a photo or wiring diagram for this model and second, does anyone have any suggestions why it won't power on. It seems like it "wants" to power on. A couple times the lights lit up and it jingled only to shut back off.

Thanks to any and everyone who can help!


3 years ago

we have a Fisher Paykel AquaSmart washer, WL37T26KW2, that is continually going out of balance. We've taken it apart and cleaned it like the troubleshooting said but are still having trouble. Any suggestions on fixing this without calling a repairman?? Thanks

2 replies

Reply 2 years ago

I also have the same problem. I looked for "restraints" and did find that there are some rubber bands attached to the outside of the tub. The machine is 5 years old and bands do seem to be lax. Would you think these were the tub restraints?


Reply 2 years ago

raise the lid and look for a restraint on the tub assembly that restrains when out of balance. On other brands it may take the form of a rubber disc that is held against the top of the tub assembly by a spring mounting. many things may keep it from restraining properly. Could be loose. Could have gotten oil where it fits against the top etc


2 years ago

The front loader stopped midway with a kingsize matress protector in it (Very Heavy) after reading all your clever ways to fix FP and all your followers questions,I can't help but scream.... WHY would anybody buy one of these horrible machines?
And the so called fixers who rip you off from FP, O M G don't get me started, I am going to throw it in tip and find a reputable one...any suggestions? ?


2 years ago

Great article but can't see the connector for the valves. Unplugged the board to troubleshoot it as you recommended. Plugged everything back in on the board but left with one connector that goes to both water solenoids. wow just read what oyu said about how easy it is to blow the mosfets not using the Pause Button when machine stops from being unbalance. My wife just unplugs the machine and starts over. No wonder it blew. we did get 15 good years out of it.


2 years ago

Help!! I have a 9 year old F& P Intuitive Eco IWL 16. It went dead during a wash..any ideas..and does anyone know where to find a conttrol board if that has to be replaced. I only have 1 company in Buffalo that works on this machine and they have been a rip off both times I called..