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I have a Siemens WT46W560GB tumble drier. Recently the oondensation

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I have a Siemens WT46W560GB tumble drier. Recently the oondensation container does not fill up with water - resulting in the drier becoming very ineffective.
We have found one solution is to pull the container out whilst the drier is working , and this has achieved mixed results - some times allowing drying time as per programme to complete , others not.
Rather than being down to a blocked pipe, we believe that something is missing or broken.
The container includes an arm on the left hand side ( facing the machine) that opens a valve in the bottom of the container . I am told that this is operated by a solenoid, that opens the plunger or valve that sits on the top of the hose pipe. I think something may have broken off the top of solenoid as there does not seem to be a part to move the arm? The solenoid, or whats left of it is like a springy valve.
Can you help please?
David Sims
Hello My name is Ian ~ I am not on the site constantly so please be patient whilst waiting for responses to you queries ~ Hi David would you kindly let me have the full ENr of the appliance and I'll have a look at the parts for you .
Customer: replied 2 years ago.


could you also give me the two numbers that come after GB/.. there are 9 different versions of this model.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.


Attached is a diagram of your appliance it looks like item 0513 page 5 is that that is causing your problem?

~~ ~~ I'll see if I can find a picture of it

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I was wondering that - so how do i order and fit this ?
You can order it directly from the Siemens web site, fitting is just a case of taking the top of the appliance off, removing the condensate housing and changing over the solenoid/plunger assembly and then putting it all back together ~ Ian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

How can i be sure that this is the solution as its over £50 to buy. Can I test whether is working in any way please?

You cant take the top off and take the solenoid out make sure the plunger is clear and then connect it up to the cables and see if the plunger moves up and down as power is applied to the electro magnet ~ perhaps the plunger has just slipped so that it doesn't connect with the valve ?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

LaughingOk , I will see whether I can test this . Would spraying it with WD 40 assist ?

No the coil is a sealed unit as long as the plunger is free to move it should work unless it is misaligned.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Have found that there is no power getting to the coil. Is this likley to be a sensor issue or problem with circuit board?

Firstly remember the plunger will only operate when needed, secondly to test the sensor if you can get to it, measure the resistance at rest and then run the unit up for about five minutes and see if the resistance has changed. If so it is more likely to be the circuit board ~ Havent you got a long warranty with this Siemens ? ~~ Ian