Note: Ever since I first published this in the Gypsy Journal a few years ago I keep getting requests for the steps we took to get the Splendide washer/dryer combo working, so I thought I would share it here in the hope it might save some of our readers an expensive service call.
After months of nursing it along, the Splendide washer/dryer combo that came with our motorhome when it was built in 2002 gave up the ghost. We replaced it with the newest model Splendide2100XC.
The new machine has more bells and whistles than the original one did, and it worked fine for almost a year. But then it stopped drying completely. In the spin cycle it would just stop working and all of the lights would start flashing at once.
This can be a sign that lint has built up in the vent hose, which is easy to clean out with a vent cleaning system, or with a shop vac. But after trying that with no success, it was time to go to Plan B. I wasn’t sure what Plan B was but that’s okay, Miss Terry had it handled.
This model does not come with the traditional lint trap that the older unit had, and apparently lint and gunk can build up in the outer drum cylinder and cause problems. A while back somebody sent us a step-by-step self-cleaning process, which is supposed to be repeated three times, and even though Terry is methodical about cleaning things, and uses vinegar in every load, we were amazed at how much lint came out the first time around.
Here are the steps to follow:
1. Empty the washer.
2. Set dryer time to off.
3. Set wash cycle to #11 and add a cup of bleach on the first cycle only.
4. Press and release Start button.
5. When water stops entering the drum, push and hold the Start button until the green lights come on and then go off, then release the button.
6. Press and release the Start button again and more water will begin filling the drum.
7. When water stops entering drum, push and hold the Start button until green lights come on and go off, then release the button.
8. Move the selector to cycle #2
9. Press and release the Extra Rinse button
10. Press and release the Start button and allow the machine to run through its cycle. The water level should be at ½ to 3/4 of the door window. Don’t worry, it will not leak.
11. When the washer stops, clean the lint out of the drum and repeat the procedure two more times, for a total of three cycles. Each cycle takes approximately one hour and 45 minutes. It is recommended to do this every three months to prevent future lint buildup.
We were surprised how much lint was hiding between the inner and outer drum that came loose and was deposited inside the drum to be easily removed, and how well the dryer is working now. Even after cleaning both ends of the dryer vent first, there was still no air flow out of the vent on the side of our motorhome before Terry did the self-cleaning. Then it was blowing hard enough to keep the louvers wide open. I’m not sure if this will work on all Splendide models, but it’s worth a try and a lot cheaper than a service call from an RV technician.
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Thought For The Day – I need to turn my life around. It’s been so hot here this summer that I realized I can’t go to hell.