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Simpson Sirocco series, 350, 450, 455, 500

by Lance
(Brisbane, QLD, Australia)

This review comes from a repairer and serviceman of clothes dryers, 6 years experience.


The Simpson Sirocco range of dryers are generally fairly good products that will do the job. I do not rate them highly, for a couple of reasons. Some of the components are not built to last more than a few years of normal use. Most commonly, the plastic belt to run the fan will break after a couple of years use. Some people have actually thrown away their dryers when this happens, not knowing that they can fix it themselves for about $12. Another weak part is the plastic hinge cover on the front. An el-cheapo plastic part, when it breaks the door sags and almost falls off. Cost about $16 for a new one. Again, people have thrown away their dryers in disgust, when this happens.

What else goes wrong? I have seen many that have the horrible scraping noise during usage. Mostly this happens when some grit or foreign object (button, hair-pin, paperclip, etc) falls inside and is caught between the drum and the front friction pads. It's disappointing to see the usage of cheap, non-durable and quick wearing plastic parts in the Simpson dryers.

The earlier models of Simpson, going back 15 or 20 years, were much better built. Older Maxidry and Minimax dryers were generally very good and long-lasting, except that they also used the plastic fan belt.

I'm happy to answer your questions on dryers.




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Aug 30, 2017
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Door compatibility NEW
by: Paul

Hi,
I have a broken door on my Sirocco 500 dryer. Can I get a second hand replacement from any of the Sirocco series, or do the door sizes differ?
thanks,
Paul

Jun 03, 2017
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Parts source - any ideas NEW
by: Drafty01

I have a Simpson Sirocco 500 dryer (in pieces). It needs a few parts - Fan hub bearing, both (inner & outer) plastic bearing components for the drum, and lastly the drum drive belt. Probably a good idea to replace the front drum bearing pads as well.
Part no. for the plastic bearing components are 12 300 D6 (stationary component), & 12 300 8D (rotating component fastened to rear of drum). The drum drive belt is a bit cracked, but is not really highly stressed in service, so will probably go a few more years. Fan bearing is a standard 608Z ball bearing, and could be pressed out - made easier if the four little punch marks are punched out first I imagine.
Where on Earth can I find these parts?

May 30, 2017
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older style clothes dryer - simpson maxidry 505 - remove back cover NEW
by: Annie Ryan

There is a pin in the centre of inner drum, remove lint filter you will see it. insert a small scredriver or something similar & gently pull out 1 cm, this releases the drum from the back panel. Remove door by removing the two screws on the hinge before laying on a flat surface, the control knob can also be easlily removed if you want by covering with a cloth/rag, grip & pull with pliers. REFER TO THIS PAGE FOR THE BEST INSTRUCTIONS:
http://www.justanswer.com/australia-whitegoods/6uqnu-service-manual-available-simpson-maxidry-505.html

May 20, 2017
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heating but not drying NEW
by: Anonymous

for anyone with the same problem I have, heating the clothes but not drying. The strap on the fan belt snapped.

THats in the long attachment at the back.

Apr 11, 2017
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Cannot remove rear cover from EziSet 450 dryer NEW
by: John

I have to remove the rear cover from this dryer to replace the power cord that was damaged close to the anchor point inside the dryer. I removed all the screws bu am unable to move the cover back far enough to work on the electricals. I have looked for a service manual but no luck so far. Can you advise where I can get the instructions to remove the rear cover?

Nov 23, 2016
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Nov 02, 2016
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Separating fan from drum unit NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a Simpson sirocco 350 dryer and unable to separate the fan unit from the drum, any tricks

Oct 21, 2016
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A quick question? NEW
by: Boris

Hi, Simpson Sir dryer 455, heating, tumbling with clothes still wet and moisture visible on window, machine will only start when reset button pushed. I can swing a spanner and willing to D.I.Y

Oct 08, 2016
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Simpson sirroco 455 NEW
by: julia

hi my Simpson dryer starts and works for about one minute then the door opens and it stops
I can't get the door to remain closed despite pressing the restart button
Hoing you can help me :)

Sep 20, 2016
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Simpson sirocco 550 drum belt NEW
by: Nicole

Hi Lance
I'm reading this question quite often here but can't see the answer how do I tension this belt PLEASE 😊

Aug 23, 2016
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DRUM BELT FTTING NEW
by: Barry

Hi Lance,

I have never been so frustrated in my life.
I have Simpson/Electrolux Clothes Dryer Model 39S455K*02 which I am rebuilding.
I purchased a new drum belt which is the same size as the original but it defies me how to fit it. I have had the replacement belt for two weeks and look at the problem every day for inspiration??
The motor is attached rigidly to the body metalwork casing and the idle pulley is rigidly attached to the motor - so please where is the tension provided??
Without any tension the belt is very loose!!

Aug 01, 2016
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Sirocco 350 drum belt diagram? NEW
by: Shane

Sirocco 350 drum belt diagram?

Would you please advise how to run the drum belt around the motor and pully to get the drum sitting tight? Thanks

Jul 12, 2016
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PROBLEM ! NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi , from Tauranga NZ. My Simpson EZISET 350 , keeps cutting out....will accept "Re-set " after ten or so minutes. I don't use it very often.
Today I got it sussed as to why it overheats and cuts out _ NO air whatsoever passes out of the Discharge Pipe , which I usually chuck out of the window. On the Diagrams , I don't see a Drive belt , going from the Motor to the Fan / Blower.
I regularly clean the filter. I'm not so sure the heater element is working either . As I have a Marine Engineers' "Ticket", I reckon I can , with advice thrown in , be able to make a DIY job of it ! Can you advise ? Thanks in advance , Bruec

Jun 27, 2016
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Lint catcher sirocco 550 NEW
by: L taute

My lint catcher won't hook in anymore
Do i need the back bit that it hooks onto
Can i fix or do i need someone to do it

Simpson sirocco 550 thanx

Jun 25, 2016
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Sirocco 350 drum belt diagram? NEW
by: Ryan

Hi Lance, can you please advise how to run the drum belt around the motor and pully to get the drum sitting tight? Thanks

May 25, 2016
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Simpson Eziset 500 NEW
by: Chris

Found the dryer was getting very hot & clothes still damp to touch.
Air not coming out of exterior vent pipe so removed to check for blockage, seems ok.
Any ideas or suggestions as to fault.

May 12, 2016
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Simpson Eziset 500 NEW
by: Chris

Found the dryer was getting very hot & clothes still damp to touch.
Air not coming out of exterior vent pipe so removed to check for blockage, seems ok.
Any ideas or suggestions as to fault.

May 09, 2016
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simpson sirocco 500 dryer NEW
by: wayne

I have the above machine and the belt broke which I replaced but at the time I did this the drum alignment at the front of the machine went out of alignment and now wont turn how can I realign it

Apr 12, 2016
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Simpson Sirocco 350 dryer - HELP! NEW
by: ML Perth

I have a Simpson Sirocco 350 tumble dryer that is approx. 2 years old. It is in a holiday house so usually only has irregular use over Winter. The lint filter is cleaned after every use.

Over this last weekend the dryer was cutting out after about 5 minutes use, even when drying one small towel. The outer metal cabinet was too hot to touch but once it cooled I could push the RESET button and the dryer would work again for 5 mins or so and cut out again. Very obviously an overheating problem.

Can anyone provide details of a possible inexpensive fix similar to those I have read on this blog for other issues with the same dryer?

Thanks

Mar 15, 2016
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Thanks for your efforts and advice, Lance NEW
by: Jeremy from Melbourne

Hi Lance
Thanks so much for your countless comments, patience and pieces of advice to us hapless end consumers here on this forum. You have saved so many people so much hassle, often revealing their problem can be fixed with a $10 or $15 part from ebay.

I hope you can find a way of getting rid of the spambot posts, as they may discourage some people from correctly getting the advice they need.

Mar 15, 2016
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Thanks for your efforts and advice, Lance NEW
by: Jeremy from Melbourne

Hi Lance
Thanks so much for your countless comments, patience and pieces of advice to us hapless end consumers here on this forum. You have saved so many people so much hassle, often revealing their problem can be fixed with a $10 or $15 part from ebay.

I hope you can find a way of getting rid of the spambot posts, as they may discourage some people from correctly getting the advice they need.

Jan 16, 2016
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no longer heats-dust in the motor? NEW
by: Sue

Garage filled up with sanded poly filler dust which I think ended up in the dryer. It wont heat and you can see moisture in the window when you try to run it and it usually shuts itself off I think as it is overheating. I can't figure out how to get the whole back off to see if I can clean it,the drum is connected to the back plate. Any tips please? It's a series 500 auto reversing dryer.

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Simpson Sirroco 350 NEW
by: Rohan

Lance,

My Simpson Sirroco series 350 does not start at all (I feel crippled and have to use airer to dry my new born clothes). It was working all fine until yesterday.

I have tried clicking on the red/reset button, cleaning the lint, but nothing seems to be working.

When I switch on the power, I can hear that power has been supplied (naturally!), but does not spins. I have ordered fan belt from ebay as suggested by you in many posts below, but trying to assess, if something else may be wrong?


I really appreciate your help. Thanks.

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Simpson Sirroco 350 - flicking short circuit switch NEW
by: Jewels - Sydney

Hello Lance,
Firstly thank you for all this knowledge sharing!
I have a Simpson Sirocco 350 purchase new in 2002 mounted on the wall. Yesterday was the 2nd time I have ever used it. It's still brand spanking new ! I clean the ling collector. I slid the setting to full heat (sun logo) and turned the timer dial to 30min. The machine worked tumbling for about 5-10 min and then turned off, flicking the switch on my circuit breaker (fridge, tv ,home phone turned off!) The laundry hadn't dried and was the same. It was especially noisy when in motion as if it will come off the wall. On occasion it was rattling on the RHS as if there loose particles. I turned it on again and it flicked the switch on the circuit breaker again after 5-10min.
Any ideas? Thank you

Jul 11, 2015
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Simpson Sirroco 350 - flicking short circuit switch NEW
by: Jewels - Sydney

Hello Lance,
Firstly thank you for all this knowledge sharing!
I have a Simpson Sirocco 350 purchase new in 2002 mounted on the wall. Yesterday was the 2nd time I have ever used it. It's still brand spanking new ! I clean the ling collector. I slid the setting to full heat (sun logo) and turned the timer dial to 30min. The machine worked tumbling for about 5-10 min and then turned off, flicking the switch on my circuit breaker (fridge, tv ,home phone turned off!) The laundry hadn't dried and was the same. It was especially noisy when in motion as if it will come off the wall. On occasion it was rattling on the RHS as if there loose particles. I turned it on again and it flicked the switch on the circuit breaker again after 5-10min.
Any ideas? Thank you

Jul 08, 2015
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Dryer doesn't stop NEW
by: Adrian

Hi. I have just replaced the lint filter spigot on my Sirocco 555 dryer, which meant taking the back of the dryer off. Now it doesn't automatically stop when the clothes in it are dry like it used to. What have I done wrong?
And thank you for your help.

Jun 21, 2015
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Simpson Sirocco 455 NEW
by: Rachel

Hi, my dryer drum is turning, however there doesn't seem to be any air or heat going through it. Any ideas?

Jun 15, 2015
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Sirocco 555 Dryer NEW
by: Colin

I have a Simpson Sirocco 555 (Model 39s555 ) and I need a diagram to show how to replace the drum belt. I thought I'd got it right where the belt goes but its really loose - so something's obviously not right. If someone could give me a diagram of how to lace the belt Id be VERY appreciative.
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Jun 10, 2015
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No heat when drying NEW
by: Marg

Hi,
My Simpson Sirocco 500 is not heating, just tumbling. Any ideas for simple repairs?

Jun 10, 2015
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No heat NEW
by: Marg

Hi
My Simpson Sirocco 500 will tumble but it has stopped heating. any suggestions

Jun 06, 2015
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Simpson Dryer Timer issue NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I have a Simpson dryer and have an issue with the timer stopping so the dryer doesn't cut out. I pulled the timer out and cleaned the dust and lint out of everything but it hasn't made any difference. Even when I had the timer out and watching the clockwork mechanism it would stop for no apparent reason, give it a tiny shake and it would start again for a few seconds and then stop.

Is it worth trying to adjust the spring tension on the shaft or should I just replace it with a new one and be done with it?

Thanks,
BT

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Simpson sirocco 450 NEW
by: Judy

I have a Simpson sirocco 450 that turns on and appears to operate normally however it doesn't heat up and will not dry clothes? What's the problem?

Where can I go Bayside Melbourne to get fixed and what sort of cost.
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May 18, 2015
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Sirocco 500 can't get back off? NEW
by: Phil

Hi, I have a simpson sirocco 500 and need to replace the lint filter holder. I can't get the grey back off, after removing the screws on back

May 09, 2015
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sirocco 350 dimensions. NEW
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May 08, 2015
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Dimensions NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi - do you happen to know the exact dimensions of the Simpson Sirocco 350 dryer? I need to replace it at a rental property however it is a tight fit so need exact measurements
Thanks in advance

May 07, 2015
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eziset 500 drum shudder problem NEW
by: Will

Thanks Lance - have replaced fan belt, but not drum belt. As the drum belt looks to be OK, I will try your capacitor replacement suggestion. Thanks for responding so quickly. Cheers Will.

May 06, 2015
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Will - Eziset 500 NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, Did you replace the fan belt and drum belt?
Also may be caused by a faulty capacitor.
Only $10 on ebay, easy to replace. Worth a try.
Good luck.
Lance in brisbane.

May 06, 2015
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eziset 500 drum shudder problem NEW
by: Will

Hi Lance,

I have just serviced my Eziset 500 - new rear spigot, front bearings and fan belt, and have also given a thorough clean and lint removal. I have a problem when the unit runs for about 30 mins and has properly warmed up, when the drum seems to shudder and spin erratically. Sometimes it rectifies itself and goes into a smooth cycle again, but other times it just stops and has to be fixed by manually spinning the drum and then restarting. Is this possibly a drive belt problem? Rudimentary inspection suggests it is OK, but dryer is about 8 years old so the belt may have stretched or been compromised in some way I cannot see. For most of its operation the unit sees fine - any idea what could trigger the above? Thanks, Will

May 04, 2015
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by: Anonymous

hi there, Probably u will need to replace the fan belt, to get it running properly and not overheating.
See previous replies for details how to do it.
Lance in bris.

May 04, 2015
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Bought for $100 NEW
by: Emmaa

hi there. I have recently purchase my Simpson sirocco 450 2nd hand for $100. It's worked fine for a couple of weeks but not keeps stopping itself. To make it go again I have to take off the lint filter (which is clean ) and then press the reset button. I get about 10mins of use the first time then after going through this process I only get a couple of mins before it turn off again. Any ideas?

May 04, 2015
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Bought it for $100 NEW
by: Emma

hi there just bought our Simpson sirocco 450 2nd hand. Have had it for a couple of weeks and now for every load we have to take the lint filter off and press the red restart button - this is after only having the dryer on for a couple of minutes so the filter hasn't even had a chance to collect any lint!! Any ideas?

Apr 29, 2015
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Reen - replace lint filter holder NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there,

This is not so easy to replace. Drum must be removed from the dryer to do it. 2 or 4 small bolts affix it to the back of the drum, must be fitted from the back of the drum. This is part of the rear drum bearing, as well as being the lint filter holder.

Apr 29, 2015
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Simpson sirocco 455 NEW
by: Reen

The plastic tube inside the dryer which clicks and holds the filter has split, is there a spare for this and how easy to replace it, thanks everything else is fine

Apr 22, 2015
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455 no heat NEW
by: Anonymous

hi Sharna,

It needs a new fan belt. Belt is broken or come off the pulleys. They stretch and break after awhile.
Less than $10 on ebay, fit yourself. See previous answers on refitting procedure.

Good luck. Lance.

Apr 21, 2015
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Dryer NEW
by: Sharna

I have a 455 and the problem is when I turn it on there is no heat coming out of the back and the top of the dyer gets really hot. It still tumbles just no heat.

Apr 10, 2015
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Simpson Sirocco series 500 NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance

I'm thinking of replacing the heating element on my mother's dryer. When I did mine, it was quite straightforward. I'm unable to find schematics online. Is it a common sense job or a nightmare?

Thanks in advance

Dominique


Apr 05, 2015
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sirocco 350 turn on. NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, you just load the clothes, close the door and turn the timer to your required drying time. Also select full heat or half heat on the slide control next to the timer.
if it doesnt work, press the red button, can be seen when u open the door. press in hard to reset.
If the dryer runs, check at back of dryer, if any air coming out the exhaust vent. no air, no good. need new fan belt.
Hope this helps.

Apr 05, 2015
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How to turn it on NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I just moved into a rental unit that came with the Simpson Sirocco 350 dryer. I can see there is a timer dial and a temperature slider, but there is no "On" button. How do I turn it on?

Feb 27, 2015
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Motor issues? NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there,

It might all be caused by a broken or stretched fan belt. Remove long black plastic cover at back.
Belt is about $5.00 on ebay.

Hope it helps,

Lance.

Feb 20, 2015
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Motor issues? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there
I have a Simpson 350, couple of days ago I noticed the dryer was making unusual noises, I placed hand on to the dryer, and it was very hot. Small amount of smell. Turned off, Tried again today started ok, working for 5 min then stopped. Won't start. Has the motor gone? or could it be a simple fix?

Feb 12, 2015
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Fixed! NEW
by: Ron

I ended up sourcing a used 350 on gumtree with a heating issue for $40. I just transplanted the working parts from that dryer into mine and BAM! She lives. Thanks for all your help Lance. I really appreciate this resource.

Feb 12, 2015
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Ron 350 NEW
by: Anonymous

You can buy a replacement capacitor off ebay, just search "8uf capacitor". If u buy from an appliance parts place, you pay about triple the price of ebay.

All Sirocco and Eziset range will fit on that same bracket. 350 450 455 500 etc.
There is a flanged part along the edge of the motor, to hook the spring into. Stretch the spring out horizontally (with dryer face down), from its mounting hole in the dryer body, and u will find the place for it, needs to be very stretched and tight.
Which wires go where, on the cap? Its been awhile since I worked on a Sirocco, can't picture it at the moment.

Feb 12, 2015
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starting issue an scratching NEW
by: Ron

Thanks for your swift reply Lance. Will all sirocco models (350, 450, 500) fit on the same mount? I'm located in North Brisbane. Where would you recommend I could go to find a replacement capacitor? Also (I should have taken a photo), I cant remember how the wires were attached to the capacitor. I can see where the spring needs to attach to the floor of the machine, but I'm unsure of where it attaches to the motor in order to tension the pulley.
Thanks again
Ron

Feb 12, 2015
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Ron Sirocco 350 NEW
by: Anonymous

hi Ron,

Yes, the white melted cylinder is the starting capacitor for the motor.That would have definitely been causing the starting problem.

Do you have the drum removed from it now?
Check condition of the fan belt, if cracked or split, replace it. Also u will need to clean around the heater element. Sometimes these can cause a problem from the built-up lint, makes a burning smell and sometimes smoking.
For the fan belt, if it fits very easily around both pulleys, then u need to replace it. They stretch and come off or break, after a few years. Cheap to replace it, cheap on ebay.

Fitting another dryer to that mounting...As far as i know, only Simpson Sirocco and older Simpson dryers can use that mounting.
Later model Simpson, like Eziloader, has a different mount. Also Hoover and Fisher & Paykel use a different mount to the Sirocco.
Hope this helps.
Lance.

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by: Ron

Hi Lance,
I managed to get it off the mount and opened up. Aside from a HUGE amount of dust/sand etc, I found that the white cylinder bolted next to the motor had melted. Not sure if this is what was causing the starting issue (note: the dryer would start when given a push). I assume the dust and sand was causing the sound. How do I know if either belt needs replacing? Also, as this is a rental property, and the mount is already bolted to the wall (I do not want to have to bolt a new mount to the wall if I get a new dryer), will the mount for the Sirocco 350 hold any other model of dryer?
Thanks
Ron

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sir 350 starting up NEW
by: Anonymous

hi Ron,

The dryer sounds like it is caught up on the mount.
Try lifting the dryer and pulling outward at the same time. They are prone to jamming onto the mounts.
Check the fan belt, and also mb need to check the drum belt as well, take back panel off.

Lance in brisbane.

Feb 12, 2015
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Needs help starting, Horrible screech sound. NEW
by: Ron

G'day,
I have a Sirocco 350 wall mounted in my rental apartment. Yesterday it wouldn't start when I closed the door. So I gave the drum a spin manually and quickly shut the door, and the dryer started up. 2 minutes later I can hear a dreadful screeching noise and. So I turned it off. Are both symptoms caused by the same problem? I tried to remove the dryer from the wall mount to inspect inside, but the right side seems to be fixed to the mount somehow. Being a rental property, I don't want to cause any damage to the wall trying to muscle it off. Help?

Feb 11, 2015
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Rec a dryer to buy NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there,

I do repairs on most major brands.
The Fisher & Paykel AD55 manual timer dryers are very reliable and long lasting. In the auto-sensing style, the F & P ED56 are also good. Make sure the control panel is all working well.

Simpson Eziloader / Westinghouse manual timer dryers are also good.

Hope this helps.
Lance in Brisbane.

Feb 11, 2015
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Recommendations NEW
by: Anonymous

What brand of dryer would you recommend buying second hand?

Feb 06, 2015
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Re: Re: Burn near reset button. NEW
by: Anonymous


Thank you so much for your help Lance, you were so quick to answer my question. It was very much appreciated.

All the best....!

Feb 06, 2015
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Re: Burn near reset button. NEW
by: Anonymous


Thanks Lance, have sent you an email with a picture of the issue.


Feb 06, 2015
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sir 350 reset button NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there,

Can u send me a pic of it, to my email please?
The reset button would not normally be removable unless you had pulled out the plastic housing that it sits in. My email lancez98@hotmail.com.

Hope i can help,

Lance in brisbane.

Feb 05, 2015
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Burn near reset button. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I have had a Sirocco 350 for about 7 years. And after it stopped working, I removed the cap over the reset button. I noticed here that a white cap with the letters AMP on it with a brown cased wire protuding from it had burn marks on it. (I actually have a picture of it that I can not seem tp paste here with my message.)

So not sure if you require any further information from me to figure out what the exact problem is. And/or if you are able to advise on whether this can be fixed or not?

Any help at all would be really appreciated thank you.


Jan 26, 2015
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sir 350 not starting NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there,

To start the dryer, press the red reset button inside the door.

But why does it need to be done? Because the dryer has overheated at some previous time.

Why overheat? Because the fan belt is broken or stretched.
Replace fan belt. See previous answers for full details, cost $10 for new belt, or less .

Lance in Brisbane.

Jan 26, 2015
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Dryer not starting up NEW
by: JW

Hi,
I just moved into a new place and there's one of these 350 models wall mounted in the bathroom - I tried to turn it on but have had no success (yes the power is on). The timer is 'ticking' and rotating but nothing else happens. Any Pointers would be greatly appreciated!

Jan 22, 2015
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Getting the drum belt back on NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi would you have any tips to make it easier to get the drum belt back on, in my old Maxidry 550. It has a double pulley.which the belt goes between?

Jan 21, 2015
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Sirocco, air not circulating Jackie. NEW
by: Anonymous

hi jack, Need to replace the fan belt, less than $10 on ebay. Easy to replace yourself, just scan back to previous answers, for detail description.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jan 21, 2015
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heats and tumbles but wont dry NEW
by: jackie

Simpson Sirocca 500 ... it heats and tumbles but there is no air circulating. I have check the exhaust hose and filter which are all clean. Would it be a belt that needs replacing ?

Jan 21, 2015
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heats and tumbles but wont dry NEW
by: jackie

Simpson Sirocca 500 ... it heats and tumbles but there is no air circulating. I have check the exhaust hose and filter which are all clean. Would it be a belt that needs replacing ?

Jan 21, 2015
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heats and tumbles but wont dry NEW
by: Anonymous

Simpson Sirocca 500 ... it heats and tumbles but there is no air circulating. I have check the exhaust hose and filter which are all clean. Would it be a belt that needs replacing ?

Jan 19, 2015
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Michael, sirr 500 - trim panel end screws NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, While unscrewing the screws, put another screwdriver under the plastic trim and prize outwards. They should come out easily, I never saw this problem before. Also, there is a hidden screw, under the "Sirocco 500" badge. Use screwdriver to pry the badge off.
Good luck.

Jan 19, 2015
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Front plastic trim end panel screws. NEW
by: Michael

I have a Simpson Scirocco 500 dryer model 39S500 JVK01, and cannot unscrew the trim panel end screws to change the timer.The screws turn put do not come out , what is the trick to remove them please??

Jan 17, 2015
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Sirocco 350 Andrea NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Andrea, You can buy the timers new on ebay, about $40. Not hard to replace it yourself.
If you get a repairman to come and fix it, the cost will be too much, like $200.
If you are in Brisbane, i can help. lancez98@hotmail.com

Lance.

Jan 17, 2015
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Broken dryer time control dial NEW
by: Andrea

Hi Bob
The time control dial on sirocco 350 has broken (metal pin snapped inside). is it worth getting repairman in to fix? Don't know how old the machine is (came with unit when purchased) but is over 5 years.

Jan 17, 2015
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Broken dryer time control dial NEW
by: Andrea

Hi Bob
The time control dial on sirocco 350 has broken (metal pin snapped inside). is it worth getting repairman in to fix? Don't know how old the machine is (came with unit when purchased) but is over 5 years.

Jan 12, 2015
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Sirocco 450 overheating NEW
by: Clare

Thanks! We'll give it a try.

Jan 11, 2015
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Clare Sirocco 450 overheating NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, I would expect that the fan belt is broken. Can replace easily urself for $10. See previous posts for how to replace it. All Sirocco use same fan belt and replace the same way.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jan 11, 2015
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Hot dryer not drying; vent against wall NEW
by: Clare

There's a Simpson Sirocco 450 in the laundry cupboard of the flat we've moved into. I think it's overheating; clothes aren't drying but it's very hot and cuts out after 10 minutes or so. The dryer is on a wall bracket against the wall, with no vent or ducting visible. Is the blocked vent responsible and is it therefore even worth getting repaired in its current position? There's also a broken fan in the ceiling which we need to get fixed.

Dec 30, 2014
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Harry Sirocco 500 NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Harry, The fan belt is broken. Pls read some of the previous posts, cheap to fix it yourself.

Dec 30, 2014
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stops-overheating NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance.
the simpson 500 Sirocco we have has started stopping mid cycle. It is very hot suggesting overheating. It will only restart after 10 minutes after then pressing the red button. Can you diagnose the problem?

Harry, Melbourne

Dec 17, 2014
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fan blower not working NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, Your fan belt is broken. Take off long black cover from back of dryer, replace belt.

Dec 17, 2014
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Fan blower not working please help NEW
by: Anonymous

The drum is spinning... The heat is working... No air coming from vent please help

Nov 23, 2014
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Kim Sirocco 350 NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, I think probably the door switch housing is broken internally. You need to remove the door switch assembly, which includes the red reset button as part of it, in that plastic housing. The housing is about $15 on ebay, then u may need a new switch also, not expensive.
When u close the door, instead of the switch working, it only pushes the switch back. The is due to the mounting being broken. Mounting for the switch is part of the complete housing.
Hope this helps, good luck.

Nov 22, 2014
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Simpson Sirocco350 won't go NEW
by: Kim

Hi there,
My dryer won't go at all. I have firmly pressed the reset button but it doesn't stay in and makes not difference. I have checked the belt at the back and while it might not be as tight as it could be it is still in place. Have also double checked the powerpoint to be sure and that's fine. Any ideas?

Nov 21, 2014
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Sirocco spigot NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there,

You do not have to lubricate it, but I usually put a smear of grease on it, up to you.


Nov 21, 2014
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lubricant for new spigot? NEW
by: Troy

Hi,
I am just replacing the spigot on my simpson juricco 500. Do I need to lubricate it?

Oct 29, 2014
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sirocco 350 NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there,

To get to the element, you need to remove back panel, remove drum belt, remove drum, then u will see the element.
See previous posts for details and trick to remove back panel.

Oct 29, 2014
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scirocco 350 NEW
by: Anonymous

how do i get to the heater element? how is the front panel fixed on? screws or clips??

Oct 25, 2014
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sirocco 350 scraping and burn smell. NEW
by: Anonymous

Please do not use the dryer until it can be repaired.
It may catch fire.
The scraping maybe from something getting stuck between the drum and the rubbing surface or mb the rubbing pads at the front are worn to the metal.
Or mb the rear bearing (plastic), has broken.
The burnt smell will be from the lint around the heating element getting charred and ready to catch fire.

Oct 25, 2014
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Sirocco 350 scraping noise NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, my Sirocco 350 tumbles and blows hot air but makes a terrible scraping noise and the front of the drum where it touches the bottom of the door gets very hot and there is a burning smell.
Any ideas? Thanks

Oct 25, 2014
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Sirocco 350 scraping noise NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, my Sirocco 350 tumbles and blows hot air but makes a terrible scraping noise and the front of the drum where it touches the bottom of the door gets very hot and there is a burning smell.
Any ideas? Thanks

Oct 25, 2014
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Sirocco 350 scraping noise NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, my Sirocco 350 tumbles and blows hot air but makes a terrible scraping noise and the front of the drum where it touches the bottom of the door gets very hot and there is a burning smell.
Any ideas? Thanks

Oct 19, 2014
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Replacing drum belt and tensioner NEW
by: Anonymous

Please scroll down to my post of April 30, 2010. This has full instructions for refitting drum belt and tensioner. Both older and newer type dryers, ie Minimax, maxidry, to Sirocco and Eziset are covered.
Hope it helps, good luck.
Lance in Bris.

Oct 19, 2014
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Drum won't spin NEW
by: Anonymous

so my drier heats and blows air but the drum doesn't spin any more. I pulled it apart and found the belt has come off. The tensioner is rolling around loose as is the tensioner spring. How the hell am I suppose to get this all back together?

Oct 19, 2014
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Drum won't spin NEW
by: Anonymous

so my drier heats and blows air but the drum doesn't spin any more. I pulled it apart and found the belt has come off. The tensioner is rolling around loose as is the tensioner spring. How the hell am I suppose to get this all back together?

Oct 18, 2014
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455 stopping when hot NEW
by: Bob

Thanks for the advice, plenty of air from the rear vent; will relocate it to the tip.
Bob

Oct 15, 2014
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sir 455 overheat? NEW
by: Anonymous

hi Bob, I think it may be a faulty heater element.
Usually this problem is caused by a loose or broken fan belt, but you said its ok. Fan belt will be ok if there is plenty of air coming out the rear vent while running.

Oct 13, 2014
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455 stopping when hot NEW
by: Bob

Hi, I have a 455 that's gone well for years & now cuts out time of running dependent on load & heat setting. Assume over heating as the safety switch throws out The belt's fine & no lint on the inlet or outlet sides seen, but have not removed the back panel. Could it be possibly lint inside & around the heating unit or malfunction of the heater settings? Do I dump or repair? Advice would be appreciated.
Bob

Oct 13, 2014
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455 stopping when hot NEW
by: Bob

Hi, I have a 455 that's gone well for years & now cuts out time of running dependent on load & heat setting. Assume over heating as the safety switch throws out The belt's fine & no lint on the inlet or outlet sides seen, but have not removed the back panel. Could it be possibly lint inside & around the heating unit or malfunction of the heater settings? Do I dump or repair? Advice would be appreciated.
Bob

Oct 06, 2014
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replacing lint filter holder NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, Its called a spigot, and also its part of the rear drum bearing. It is not quick n easy to replace, as the dryer drum must be removed first, to work on it. The spigot cost about $10 plus postage on ebay. Spigot is held in place by 2 or 4 small bolts, accessed from inside the back of the drum.

Oct 06, 2014
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Lint filter holder NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi the thing at the back of the drier that holds the lint filter and cover has broken. What is is called if I wanted to buy the part, is it worth it ( machine about 13 yrs old and 1st problem) and is it hard to do. Thanks very much!

Oct 06, 2014
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Lint filter holder NEW
by: Laura

Hi the thing at the back of the drier that holds the lint filter and cover has broken. What is is called if I wanted to buy the part, is it worth it ( machine about 13 yrs old and 1st problem) and is it hard to do. Thanks very much!

Sep 26, 2014
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Sir 350 overheating. NEW
by: Anonymous

Most likely the fan belt on the back of the dryer is broken or come off. Check my previous replies for what to do.

Sep 26, 2014
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Overheating Dryer NEW
by: Graeme

I have a Simpson Sirocco 350 dryer. It seems to overheat. Is this a known problem? I'm not too sure even where to start to be honest.

Sep 25, 2014
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Drum belt fitting to pulley NEW
by: Anonymous

Put the drum belt on the small motor pulley, then fit the belt over the drum, then attach spring to motor and pull the motor around so that the idler pulley puts tension on the drum belt. Then hook spring into hole in dryer casing, at the seam.
With the fan pulley, it needs to be stretched very tight to fit over the motor pulley and fan pulley.
Hope this helps.

Sep 25, 2014
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Sirocco 450 drive belt NEW
by: Ray

Is there a special way to put the drum belt on the white pulley
A rough drawing would be great
Do Hesse belts stretch and if so where can I purchase
Thanks in advance

Sep 25, 2014
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Sirocco 450 drive belt NEW
by: Ray

Is there a special way to put the drum belt on the white pulley
A rough drawing would be great
Do Hesse belts stretch and if so where can I purchase
Thanks in advance

Sep 18, 2014
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Simpson Sirocco 350 - not heating NEW
by: Craig

Thanks Lance. Plenty of air flowing out of rear outlet. Will try to dismantle to check heater. Have a multi meter.

Sep 16, 2014
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Craig - Sir 350 no heat NEW
by: Anonymous

hi Craig, When dryer is running, is there plenty of air coming out the rear black plastic vent? If no air, then belt is off or broken.
Other reason for no heat, could be failure of the heater element.
Would be worth dismantling and inspect all electrical terminals before buying a new heater.
Also if u have a multimeter, you should check the old heater for continuity and earth leakage and resistance.
Might be the heater element, but they do not often fail.
lance in Brisbane.

Sep 16, 2014
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Sirocco 350 not heating - belt is fine NEW
by: Craig

Have replaced rear belt once and been working fine. Now with belt still ok not heating. Any clues please?

Sep 02, 2014
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fan belt NEW
by: Kerry

Thanks for that , i saw the belts on ebay like you said ,i couldn't wait that long to get one ,so i got one in perth and had to pay a whopping $22.00 for the same belt to keep the wife happy ,your web site is so helpful ,it helped me out because like some of your other people that have made requests for help we were going to throw it out and get a new one ,you saved me HEAPS $$$$$$

cheers
kerry

Aug 31, 2014
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500 fan belt NEW
by: Anonymous

Fan belt may be coming off cos its stretched and old. Try a new belt on it. Should need to be stretched really hard to fit on the 2 pulleys.
new belts under 410 on ebay.

Aug 31, 2014
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fan belt NEW
by: Kerry

Gday Lance ,we have a simpson sirocco 500 ,the fan belt under the black cover at the back of the machine keeps coming off the two pulleys ,then we have all the problems (overheating,etc)any ideas
cheers
Kerry

Aug 30, 2014
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Sizes of models NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes, correct. The 450, 455 is 4.5kg, the 500, 555, anything starting with 5 is 5kg. That is the max size in the Eziset or Sirocco range.
The later Eziloader dryers had a big 6kg model.
lance.

Aug 30, 2014
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Sizes of models NEW
by: Anonymous

The 350 is 3.5KG, the 450 and 455 4.5KG, 500 and 555 is 5.0KG?

Aug 26, 2014
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Lara Sir 350 NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi lara, Most likely the fan belt is loose or broken. Easy fix, do it urself. Less than $10 on ebay for new fan belt.
Remove long black plastic cover on back of dryer. See previous posts for further details.

lance in bris

Aug 26, 2014
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Possibly overheating NEW
by: Lara

Hi there, my 350 series starts drying and then stops due to overheating we are thinking. Do you know if this would be a costly fix??? Many thanks Lara

Aug 26, 2014
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Possibly overheating NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there, my 350 series starts drying and then stops due to overheating we are thinking. Do you know if this would be a costly fix??? Many thanks Lara

Aug 26, 2014
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Possibly overheating NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there, my 350 series starts drying and then stops due to overheating we are thinking. Do you know if this would be a costly fix??? Many thanks Lara

Aug 09, 2014
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Remove the back panel Sirocco and Eziset models. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,
The information on removing the back from the Simpson Sirocco 500 was exactly the trick I was looking for. Very easy when you know how. Thanks for your help.

Aug 09, 2014
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Remove the back panel Sirocco and Eziset models. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,
The information on removing the back from the Simpson Sirocco 500 was exactly the trick I was looking for. Very easy when you know how. Thanks for your help.

Aug 09, 2014
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Remove the back panel Sirocco and Eziset models. NEW
by: Anonymous

You first remove the lint filter and cover from inside the back of the drum. This lint filter holder is actually the front part of the rear drum bearing. There is a little plastic tongue in the centre of the filter holder tube. Grab the tongue wuth long-nose pliers and pull forward about half-inch. This will enable the back bearing spigot to be relaesed from bush in the rear cover plate assembly.
Sometimes the back plate can still be a bit stuck, so I usually pull it up sharply from the bottom, to release it.
I hope you can follow this, and can do the job.
lance in Brisbane.

Aug 09, 2014
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How to remove the back of a Sirocco 500 NEW
by: DIYer

I have a Simpson Sirocco 500, and it appears that the heating element has died. Normally (with earlier Simpson Models) it is no big deal to remove the back, disassemble the drum and drive belt to access the element. However with the Sirocco 500 there seems to be more to it to remove the back. Is there a trick to separating the back from the drum? For some reason, even with all the screw removed, I am unable to separate the back of the dryer from the drum at the rear bearing. Any suggestions?

Aug 08, 2014
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sirocco 555 not venting NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, It is not venting most likely because the fan belt is broken. Remove long black plasctic cover at rear of dryer. Belt will be stretched or broken. new belt is needing to be stretched very tight over both pulleys.
Belts are $10 or less on ebay, easy to find.
Good luck.

Aug 07, 2014
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Scirocco 555 NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a Sirocco 555, it is not venting. Filter is clean. Is their a way to clean thru the back ducting?

Aug 04, 2014
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timer switch Mark NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there,

You can buy them on ebay, a few sellers have them, just search sirocco timer, or eziset timer, same thing. Prices from $40 and up.

Aug 04, 2014
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Timer switch NEW
by: Mark

Hi, My timer switch has given up the ghost. Where would I source a new one? It turns on the unit, just doesn't "time down"

Jul 31, 2014
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Sirocco or Ezi set? NEW
by: Anonymous

The Sirocco range was followed by the Ezi-set. They are pretty much identical internally. Some of the Ezi set have slightly different motors, and different wiring and plugs, but basically very similar.
In short, Ezi set is newer.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 31, 2014
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What's newer Sirocco or Eziset? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance, which is newer - the Sirocco or Ezi-Set range? Thanks

Jul 21, 2014
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sir 455 stop and smoking NEW
by: Anonymous

hi Kim,
Most likely the fan belt has broken or stretched and come off the pulleys at the back.
Remove long oval plastic cover. Belt is 5 to 10 bucks on ebay, can replace it yourself.
But u mention the smoke. It probably has a buildup of lint around the heater element, that is starting to smoulder, thats the smoke. It can catch fire.
You need to remove the back metal panel, remove drum belt, remove drum. Clean away the charred lint and dust from the element.
If you get a repair guy , it will cost more than $100 to do the simplest thing, so not worth it for a 10yo dryer.
If you can do the work safely yourself, then its a cheap fix.
I'm not recommending unqualified people work on electrical appliances, its up to you.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 21, 2014
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Dryer stopped and was smoking NEW
by: Kim

Hi Lance

I have a Sirocco 455. It was making a squeaky noise the last couple of times I used it. Then it stopped after about 10 minutes when I had set the timer for 60min. When I opened the door a bit of smoke came out. The machine is 10 years old. I do clean the lint filter religiously. Not sure if it can be repaired? Would it be worth getting a repair man out?

Thanks,
Kim from NSW

Jul 14, 2014
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Simpson Sirocco 500 NEW
by: Tony

Hi Lance, I needed to replace the timer on a Simpson Sirocco 500. By the time I got the timer out of the unit the light blue and brown leads at the bottom of the timer had come off and I'm not sure which lugs to connect these leads to. Do you have a photo of a Simpson 500 with leads attached so I can reconnect the leads correctly? Thanks, Tony

Jul 09, 2014
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pressed red button NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes filter cleaned and no blockages, just makes a ticking noise, could it be belts

Jul 09, 2014
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George sir 555 NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, Most likely cause is a weak starting capacitor. It is located next to the motor, white small cylinder. sold on ebay for about $10. Make sure u replace it with same value capacitor, I think its 8uf, but check on the item, it will be printed on the side.
Hope this helps.
lance in brisbane.

Jul 09, 2014
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Simpson Sirocco 555 Won't Start NEW
by: George

Hi Lance
My machine won't start. I have replaced the belt but machine still wont kick into action.
If you turn the machine on and manually pull the belt it goes but will stop again when there is a change in direction.
There is no abnormal noise coming from the machine and was working fine but has suddenly started doing the above. Thus the change in belt as a first step to eliminating the list of possible causes.

Jul 08, 2014
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Sir 500 stopped John NEW
by: Anonymous

Have you tried pressing in the red reset button?
This will activate when the dryer overheats, due to the lint filter not being cleared, or due to the fan belt broken or loose.
If it starts again after resetting, check that air is coming out the exhaust duct at back.
If no air, fanbelt broken.
See previous posts for replacing fanbelt, all Sirrocco and Eziset are the same process.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 08, 2014
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SS500 NEW
by: John

Stopped after doing a drying session. Went to use again nothing. However, you can hear a slight ticking noise when it is turned knob is turned on to dry, but drum wont spin. Thinking it could be a belt but before I take it off the wall and pull apart just wondering of any ideas.

Ta

Jul 04, 2014
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Sir 350 timer. NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes, thats ok to use your own timer. Its up to you if u want to use the warm setting for the last 30 min, i think 10 or 15 min would be plenty. Its not essential to do this, but may be advisable.

Jul 04, 2014
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Sirocco 350 timer and slide NEW
by: Jay

Hi and thanks very much for your help on the scraping noise. As the timer is not working and it's NZ$95 for a new one, is it okay to use my own timer in the kitchen? How important is it to put the slide to half hot for the last half hour?

Jul 04, 2014
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Sirocco 500 Stopped Working NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi. It was the capacitor. We are so happy you helped us fix it. Thanks very much

Jul 03, 2014
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sirocco not working upside down. NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, Its a bit puzzling, as these dryers should work equally well upside down or not.
When upside down, is the air outlet(at back) blocked or restricted by anything?
Check that you have plenty of air exhausting from the rear vent, which will be at the bottom when dryer is upside down.

Jul 03, 2014
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Dryer stops after 30mins NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance, just been reading your blog and its very informative. Just wondering if you would have any advice for the following issue.... My Simpson dryer works normally when up the right way, we recently wall mounted it and now it stops mid cycle (usually after about 30mins) so pulled it down and checked the belt thing behind the black cover which seems fine and tight. We then semi took the back off and vacummed lots of dust and fine particles out from the bottom. However the dryer is still stopping when upside down and is very hot at the front just below the drumish. When it is upright it works perfectly fine???? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated

Jul 03, 2014
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Dryer stops after 30mins NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance, just been reading your blog and its very informative. Just wondering if you would have any advice for the following issue.... My Simpson dryer works normally when up the right way, we recently wall mounted it and now it stops mid cycle (usually after about 30mins) so pulled it down and checked the belt thing behind the black cover which seems fine and tight. We then semi took the back off and vacummed lots of dust and fine particles out from the bottom. However the dryer is still stopping when upside down and is very hot at the front just below the drumish. When it is upright it works perfectly fine???? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated

Jul 02, 2014
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Sir 350 scraping NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, half sun is warm, full sun is normal (hot) heat.
Its not real easy to fix the scraping. It requires removal of the heating element carrier from the dryer, and replacing of the worn plastic pads (6).
back panel off, release drum belt, remove drum, remove element carrier. Also look at the drum rubbing surface, on the rim. if its badly scored then the drum is useless. If its still very smooth, just leave it. if it is only a little bit rough, you may improve it by lightly sanding with very fine wet n dry paper. its more like polishing than sanding. 400 grit or finer should be ok. For details on removing the back panel, and detials about refitting the drum belt, see previous posts. Good luck, be safe.

Jul 02, 2014
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scraping noise on 350 NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have a Sirocco 350 and am wondering if I could fix the scraping noise myself. Also the timer doesn't seem to move during usage though the machine does dry clothes. I am not sure what the slide from half sun to full sun denotes.

Jun 20, 2014
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sirocco 500 stopped NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, yes, It will probably be a weak starting capacitor. its the small white cylinder on the side of the motor. \
Easy to replace, available cheap on ebay, various sellers. Make sure you replace it with the same value capacitor.
I think 7 or 8 uF from memory.
Good luck.
Lance.

Jun 19, 2014
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Sirocco Stopped Working NEW
by: Anonymous

My Sirocco 500 has stopped working. If a give a small pull on the belt it will start working again until it changes direction. Then I have to pull on the belt again. Any ideas?

Jun 12, 2014
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Sirocco wall mount NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes, these dryers can be wall mounted upside down.
There are slotted holes in the bottom of the backing plate.
Suitable mounting brackets are available now from various sellers, on ebay, or Bunnings has them.

Jun 11, 2014
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wall mount NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there,

Are these units suitable to be wall mounted upside down so there is access to the controls?

Cheers.

Jun 11, 2014
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Sirocco 500 stopped working NEW
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately I am in Perth. Thanks

Jun 10, 2014
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sirocco 500 stopped NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there,

Hard to know what happened without taking apart and looking for the problem.
Are you in Brisbane?

Lance.

Jun 09, 2014
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Sirocco 500 NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi. My Sirocco 500 stopped working during a cycle. I can usually press the red button and it starts working again but this time it will not. There is no noise or movement in the machine. Can you please let me know if you have an ideas on what is wrong? Thanks

Jun 09, 2014
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Sirocco 500 NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi. My Sirocco 500 stopped working during a cycle. I can usually press the red button and it starts working again but this time it will not. There is no noise or movement in the machine. Can you please let me know if you have an ideas on what is wrong? Thanks

Jun 09, 2014
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Sirocco 500 NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi. My Sirocco 500 stopped working during a cycle. I can usually press the red button and it starts working again but this time it will not. There is no noise or movement in the machine. Can you please let me know if you have an ideas on what is wrong? Thanks

Jun 08, 2014
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sirocco 455 stopping NEW
by: Anonymous

Most likely the fan belt is broken or come loose off the pulleys. Remove long oval black plastic cover off back of dryer. Most likely the remains of the belt will fall out. New belt is less than $10 on ebay, many sellers have them. It needs to be stretched very tightly to fit over both pulleys.
Do it yrself, too easy.
Why is it stopping? With the fan belt broken, there is no air circulating, so you will get overheating, red button (thermostat) pops out, all stop. By the time you reset it, it has cooled down a bit and will run for awhile before repaeating the same action.
Hope this helps, good luck.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jun 08, 2014
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dryer keeps stopping.. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I have a simpson sirocco 455 and it seems to be overheating an turning itself off .the lint filter is clean. I can recst it but within 10-20 minutes of drying it stops...is there anything I can do?

Jun 08, 2014
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dryer keeps stopping.. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I have a simpson sirocco 455 and it seems to be overheating an turning itself off .the lint filter is clean. I can recst it but within 10-20 minutes of drying it stops...is there anything I can do?

Jun 08, 2014
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dryer keeps stopping.. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I have a simpson sirocco 455 and it seems to be overheating an turning itself off .the lint filter is clean. I can recst it but within 10-20 minutes of drying it stops...is there anything I can do?

Jun 08, 2014
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dryer keeps stopping.. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I have a simpson sirocco 455 and it seems to be overheating an turning itself off .the lint filter is clean. I can recst it but within 10-20 minutes of drying it stops...is there anything I can do?

May 31, 2014
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clean lint filter NEW
by: Anonymous

Open dryer door, see white plastic domed cover on rear of drum. Pull cover outwards to remove it. Lint filter is attached to back of plastic cover. Pull off and clean thoroughly with brush, or use soap and water, and brush carefully not to damage it, then dry and replace it.

May 31, 2014
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Lint filter NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I want to clean the lint filter of my simpson ezitest 455 series, can you show me how?

May 31, 2014
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Sir 455 element NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, you said its spinning, but no heat. Did u check inside the drum, at the front surface of the drum inside around the door? If it feels hot, then the element is ok.
Mb u didnt need to take off the back.
Sometimes the fan belt breaks or comes loose, and then there is no air circulation, and u might think there is no heat. Because there will be no air coming out the vent at the back if this happens.
Anyway, to answer your question, u need to remove the steel complete back panel, then u will see the drum belt and spring. Remove the spring. Then remove the drum from the dryer. You will see the heater element, and element carrier. Most likely there will be some burnt lint around the element and other lint inside the dryer. This should be cleaned out thoroughly, for safety. These elements can look fine, but sometimes they can fail and not show any outward signs. Element should be checked for continuity, and also for resistance. New one about $40, but make sure the oldie is cactus before u go and replace it.

May 30, 2014
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Sirocco 455 heating element NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have the back of my Simpson 455 dryer off, what does the heater element look like and where is it? The dryer was spinning but with no heat.
Thanks

May 30, 2014
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Sirocco 455 not heating NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have the back of my Simpson 455 dryer off, what does the heater element look like and where is it? The dryer was spinning but with no heat.
Thanks

May 28, 2014
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sirocco 350 lint NEW
by: Anonymous

I would say that its normal for the Simpson or Fisher & Paykel dryers to blow out a small amount of lint, but not excessive. Examine the fine mesh of the lint filter, to see if it has any small holes or splits in it.
You could fit a ducting system, to direct the exhausted air outside or up into the roof space.
Hard to know why its happening without taking the back panel off and having a thoruogh inspection of it.

May 28, 2014
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needing some advice please NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, thanks for your really quick reply. I am in NSW. I do clean the lint filter between each use. I took it back to the shop and they said that they have tested it and that there is nothing wrong with it. They also told me that all dryers will blow lint around the room?? I have asked a lot of people about their dryers and they don't say that it happens with theirs. I thought it should be caught in the filter.
The woman where I purchased it from said that simpsons were particularly bad for it. My son has allergies and it is no good for him. I have to wipe everything down after just one use. I am feeling very frustrated that she is being so rude and I feel like she is not being honest with me so I just wanted to find out some facts before I go to the store to speak to her tomorrow. I don't want to have to come home with the same dryer that does this when I don't believe it should.
Do I need to put a ventilation system on it? She said that all dryers need them.

May 28, 2014
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sirocco 350 lint NEW
by: Lance

I would not expect an excessive amount of lint to be blown out of the exhaust duct. Pls check the lint filter, if it is in place and not split. Do you clear the lint filter after each use?
The dryer may have previously been used without a lint filter, which could have cause a big buildup of lint inside the dryer body. Maybe this excess is now blowing out.
I could have a look at it if ur in Brisbane, no charge for inspection.
Lance.

May 27, 2014
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sirocco 350 dryer NEW
by: needing some advice please

Hi There, I purchased a Sirocco 350 dryer from a second hand whitegoods place. The dryer blows so much lint everywhere!! It is all over everything each time I use it. The place where I purchased it is telling me that this is normal and that there is nothing wrong with it and nothing they can do to fix it. Is this correct? Or are they lying to me? I would expect maybe a bit of lint coming out, but this is an excessive amount. I am just concerned about allergies. Do I need to put a venting system on it to the outside of the house? Thanks for your time.

May 27, 2014
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fel SS500 NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there,
It may be the element. After running for 5 or 10min, check the front surface inside the drum, for heat. If its cold, then element not working.
Also worth checking the fan belt, remove the long oval narrow plastic cover on back of dryer. If belt is loose or broken, replace.
Fan belts and elements for sirocco range are available on ebay (cheap). Or your local appliance spares shop at a higher price.,
Fan belt is $5 to $10 on ebay, element is $30 to $40.

May 27, 2014
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What's wrong? NEW
by: Fel SS500

Hi - i have a Simpson Sirocco 500 - when i am using it, the clothes go in almost dry and come out more damp than they went in. The inside is also cold.
IF it is the element, which i think it is... can i replace it and how much and where do i find the part..... please help. :)

May 12, 2014
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500 spring NEW
by: Anonymous

The spring provides the tension for the belt. One end hooks on the edge of the motor, other end hooks into a small hole in the metal seam of the dryer case. Then rotate the motor , using the idler pulley to tension the drum belt.

May 12, 2014
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where does the spring hook onto for the sirocco500 NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,
My husband replaced the lint filter clip in our dryer. as he was taking the back off the spring fell out and he does not know where it should go.
any help would be appreciated.

thanks
suzanne

May 06, 2014
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Maree NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there,

That part is more than a lint filter holder. The back of that part is actually the rear drum bearing.
It can only be replaced by removing the drum from the dryer, as it fits on from the back.
The dryer should not be used without the lint filter in place, as excessive lint will form around the heater element and may cause a fire.

May 06, 2014
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simpson tumble dryer 39p350k NEW
by: maree

HI can you help my dryer today will not hold the lint filter and cover anymore looks like the back bit has broken off, can i fix itas everything else ok ??

May 06, 2014
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simpson tumble dryer 39p350k NEW
by: maree

HI can you help my dryer today will not hold the lint filter and cover anymore looks like the back bit has broken off, can i fix itas everything else ok ??

May 06, 2014
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simpson tumble dryer 39p350k NEW
by: maree

HI can you help my dryer today will not hold the lint filter and cover anymore looks like the back bit has broken off, can i fix itas everything else ok ??

May 06, 2014
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simpson tumble dryer 39p350k NEW
by: maree

HI can you help my dryer today will not hold the lint filter and cover anymore looks like the back bit has broken off, can i fix itas everything else ok ??

May 06, 2014
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simpson tumble dryer 39p350k NEW
by: maree

HI can you help my dryer today will not hold the lint filter and cover anymore looks like the back bit has broken off, can i fix itas everything else ok ??

May 06, 2014
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simpson tumble dryer 39p350k NEW
by: maree

HI can you help my dryer today will not hold the lint filter and cover anymore looks like the back bit has broken off, can i fix itas everything else ok ??

May 04, 2014
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Thanks NEW
by: Chewbot

Hey Lance,
I just wanted to say thanks for all the info here.

I had nearly given up on getting the drive belt back on my Sirocco 350 until i read some of the clear instructions you have given others.

Thanks heaps.

Apr 13, 2014
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Grunta NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, Most likely the fan belt has come off.
When dryer is running, check if there is air coming out the rear exhaust vent. if no air, belt broken or loose. The plastic belts will stretch and break after some years.
Remove long oval black cover from back of dryer.
New belt will need a strong stretch to fit over both pulleys. Cost $10 or less on ebay.
have fun!

Apr 13, 2014
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stops during cycle NEW
by: Grunta

I've got to fix mum's 350 dryer. It stops operating during a cycle. Mum says it stops while using the 1/2 programme after about 5 minutes, it stopped for me using the full ptogramme and felt very hot when I opened the door. Clothes still damp. Now the machine won't operate. I will try it again after it cools down. Can you help me please.

Apr 07, 2014
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sirr 350 stopping NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, When it stops, does the red reset button pop out? Is overheating the reason for stoppages?
If so, then u still have a problem with the fan belt. Check if there is warm air coming out the rear exhaust duct, while the dryer is running. If no air, then belt has come off.

Apr 07, 2014
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Sicocco 350 stopping after new belt NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I had an issue with a fan belt that had worn and was slipping off causing the dryer to over heat and stop. I've had a new belt fitted but I'm still having an issue with the dryer stopping and not running for the full time cycle set for. When I open the door to check the temperature when it stops it doesn't seem that warm, dryer is on the hottest setting, have tried the half setting too. Any ideas?

Jan 21, 2014
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Jamie Simpson 350 NEW
by: Anonymous

hi there, The fan belt should be a very tight (stretch) fit on the 2 pulleys. There is no adjustment. If the pulley is nnot fitting very tightly, you need a new belt.

Jan 20, 2014
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Thanks Lance NEW
by: SueB

Much appreciated Lance. Dryer fixed and working perfectly for $4, including postage. It would have cost me over $100 to get it done with a serviceman. So good to know you can do some things yourself Cheers, Sue

Jan 20, 2014
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Simpson Eziset 350 NEW
by: Jamie85

Thanks for your help :-). Once I pulled the lint filter out I saw the 4 tiny screws inside. I couldn't believe I missed it!!! Gave it a good hit with the compressor and gave the felt drum ring a hit too, it had sand through it so no more scratchy noises whilst running! It's run like a dream since and no more running hot or problems with the belt ( I think it was struggling a bit with the drum scratching on the felt) will try to have a go at the belt tensioning next time, the top pulley is small with a groove for the belt to sit in and there are no outside ways to tighten it. Is it behind the the pulley on the inside? Love the forum, it's great for us housewives who like to do things ourselves!
CHEERS!

Jan 20, 2014
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Simpson Eziset 350 NEW
by: Jamie85

Thanks for your help :-). Once I pulled the lint filter out I saw the 4 tiny screws inside. I couldn't believe I missed it!!! Gave it a good hit with the compressor and gave the felt drum ring a hit too, it had sand through it so no more scratchy noises whilst running! It's run like a dream since and no more running hot or problems with the belt ( I think it was struggling a bit with the drum scratching on the felt) will try to have a go at the belt tensioning next time, the top pulley is small with a groove for the belt to sit in and there are no outside ways to tighten it. Is it behind the the pulley on the inside? Love the forum, it's great for us housewives who like to do things ourselves!
CHEERS!

Jan 04, 2014
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Sue sirocco 500 NEW
by: Anonymous

hi Sue,
I would expect the fan belt has broken or stretched. This will cause the problems you described.
On the back of the dryer, u will see a long black oval cover. Remove 2 phillips head screws , then remove cover. New fan belt is $10 or less on ebay.
To fit new belt, u need to stretch it very tight over fan pulley at top and motor pulley at bottom. Just run it before you refit the black cover, to make sure its working properly.
Good luck.
Lance in Brisbane

Jan 04, 2014
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Sirocco 500 not blowing air NEW
by: Sue B

Since Xmas, my Sirocco 500 gets hot and rotates as usual, but I cannot feel any air coming out the vent pipe; it leaves damp lint on the window and the lint filter is clean and nothing dries. I am scrupulous about cleaning the lint filter and it's been serving faithfully for twelve years. Any ideas what's gone wrong here?

Jan 04, 2014
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Sirocco 500 not blowing air NEW
by: Sue B

Since Xmas, my Sirocco 500 gets hot and rotates as usual, but I cannot feel any air coming out the vent pipe; it leaves damp lint on the window and the lint filter is clean and nothing dries. I am scrupulous about cleaning the lint filter and it's been serving faithfully for twelve years. Any ideas what's gone wrong here?

Jan 04, 2014
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Sirocco 500 not blowing air NEW
by: Anonymous

My Sirocco 500 suddenly gets hot and rotates as usual, but there's no air that I can feel coming out of the vent. Eventually the thing shuts off as it's far too hot. I am scrupulous about cleaning the lint filter every time I use it. Any ideas?

Dec 25, 2013
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SIR 500 Fan pulley
by: CM

Hi Lance - first of all, what a legend forum!
Ok, so ive got the back panel off. This model had a sort've spring loaded ring that held the felt in with a joining clip that you pull to release the felt liner. There doesnt appera to be anything left to undo to access the fan assembly. Are you able to help out? If you want me to email you a pic of the panel, you scan email me craig@vanguardgroup.co.nz and i can send them to you.
Look forward to your comments and many thanks! Regards, Craig

Dec 24, 2013
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CM 500 again
by: Anonymous

hi again, Sorry, i forgot to address your question about the horrible noise when running. Might be worth removing the drum, to check the rubbing pads around the edges of the heater element housing. They can wear out and give metal to metal , drum to housing, results in that noise. The set of pads are about $30 for the set. Also a good idea to clear away any lint around the heater element. it can get charred and sometimes catch fire.

Dec 24, 2013
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CM - SIR 500
by: Anonymous

hi there, to get access to the fan assembly. if you are looking at the inside of it , with the felt ring around the edge it. Then look around the edges, under the felt, and u will see 2 metal retaining lugs, one each side.
Undo 2 small bolts retaining the lugs.Then you can prize out the inner ring with a screwdriver under the lip, all the way around. This will expose the fan completely.
Then remove screw holding fan on the centre plastic shaft. remove fan, pulling upwards. You will see the fan bearing and pulley assembly, held in by 3 screws or 3 small bolts.
In the new fan kit, usually the small bearing is not already fitted to the housing, so be careful fitting it, as its easily damaged. I use a socket on the bearing,, then gently hammer it into the housing. the rest is easy enough. Good luck. Lance in Brisbane

Dec 24, 2013
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Replacing middle (centre) pulley wheel
by: CM

Hi there, Our Sirocco 500 has popped the odd belt from time to time, but this time it seems the spiggot on the centre pulley has snapped off so it no longer has anything to drive it.
I've been to several local appliance stores and they tell me i need a fan assembly unit.
Ive currently got the back off as i want to double check this is actually the part we need bt am stumped how to get access to this item - I'm looking at the fan shield with a 'carpet looking' dust ring - how do you get in here??

PS: It also makes a horrible noisy scraping sound when drying - any tips on getting this noise while ive got the back off?

Cheers, CM

Dec 09, 2013
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Jamie 350
by: Anonymous

hi there, I guess you have removed the metal backing plate off the dryer now. Disconnect the wires from the thermostats on the backing plate,accessed by bending the small metal coverplate outwards. Take note of where the wires went, so u can put back on correctly.
The white fan pulley cant be removed without dismantling the fan assembly. Not recommended unless the fan bearing is excessively noisy and worn out.
What else? For cleaning, you need to remove the drum belt, then remove the drum. First remove the tensioning spring. Note where the drum belt runs, so u can put it back correctly. The motor rotates in its rubber mounting, to provide the tensioning of the belt. Or you may have the earlier model with seperate idler pulley. Remove drum, and u will see lint around the heater element. Its important to clean all this away, as the lint can smoulder and catch fire eventually. The lint may already be brown or black from scorching.
PLease take care, and use a qualified electrician if unable to safely do the task. If you have an air compressor, its a good idea to blow all the dust and lint out of the motor and fan housing as well. That's what I do with every dryer.
Lance.

Dec 08, 2013
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Simpson eziset 350 dryer
by: Jamie28

Also when I took off the back plate the drum dropped? Is it heavy? Is it on runners? Tips for cleaning? Do I need to unclip any wiring? Any useful tips on this model would be great! I love my dryer, and seems to keep going forever, so I want to keep it in good nick! Also I've found occasionally when it runs hot it's coz lint gets wrapped around the lint pin.

Dec 08, 2013
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Simpson eziset 350 dryer
by: Jamie28

Hi I've had my simpson for 7 years and have put the thin belt back on 3 times in the past 2 years, it's probably too loose, can you tell me where to get another one? Also I took the back off today (it's filthy inside and we've moved 8 times so I'm AMAZED it's still working!), BUT I can't work out how to separate the middle (top pulley attached to fan). I've disconnected the 2 metal arms. Does the white pulley come off? I'm afraid I'll break it.

Nov 28, 2013
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Andrew Sirocco 555
by: Anonymous

Hi Andrew,

I f you buy a Sirocco 500, you may find that the motor is different and will not fit your 555. They fitted a couple of different motors to the 500s.
Good luck.

Nov 25, 2013
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Simpson eziset 455 dryer
by: Kim

Hi,
My handy hubby took the drum out(access from the back only and drum connected to back panel) to clear out around the element as we had some burning smells.
But now putting the drum back in and fitting the drum belt properly seems impossible! The only access is from the back and the motor is on the front?? Any tips?
Thanks

Nov 17, 2013
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Simpson Sirocco 555
by: Andrew

Hi, the motor on my Simpson Sirocco 555 has given up. This is no longer available. I can buy a Simpson Sirocco 500 in working order on eBay. can you please advise which Simpson Sirocco model runs the same motor as my Simpson Sirocco 555 so I can do a transplant. I like the auto sensing feature of the 555 and new dryers are different dimensions which will mean a bit of a laundry mod so I’m trying to save my 555. thanks

Sep 26, 2013
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sirocco 500 scraping
by: Anonymous

The front drum bearing pads can be replaced, about $30 the set of 6. Also check the metal wearing surface of the drum. It may need to be cleaned up with a very fine wet and dry paper, if it is scored.
Another problem can be the rear bearing. Check for damage and wear while u have the drum out of it. Its only plastic / nylon, they wear out, get deep grooves and snap off. About $10 plus post on ebay.
Also check the fan belt, under the long black plastic cover on the back panel. They often stretch and fail, about $10 or less on ebay.
So spend $50 max, and it should be fine again.

Sep 26, 2013
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Sirocco 500
by: Dave

We have a sirocco 500 that is making a scraping sound in one direction but is reduced when it reverses. Is this the front bearing or wear pads and is it difficult to repair. I don't believe there is anything trapped in the edge. I am a tradie and could probably fix it just wondering if it is worth it .

Aug 24, 2013
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555 sirocco not shut off
by: Anonymous

hi there, i think its in the electronic control panel. Either that, or the moisture sensor has failed.
No idea how to fix it, apart from replace the control panel (expensive).

Aug 24, 2013
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Sirocco 455 Wont shut off
by: Jayco

Here is one .... mine works fine but it doesn't stop working..... lol any ideas?
Jas

Aug 14, 2013
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vent duct, sirocco 350
by: Anonymous

hi there,

The vent ducting is not required. Make sure to clear the lint filter in the drum after every usage.
Thanks for your question.

Aug 14, 2013
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IS VENT DUCT REQUIRED
by: Sulcata Sirocco 350

Hi there, I'm planning to mount Simpson Sirocco 350 on the wall, The rear vent at the back is the pointing towards the left or right depending on how I hang it. Now my question is, is it necessary to install a vent duct so the hot air gets out of the existing exhaust fan? the top of the wall on the right has an existing exhaust fan that turns on everytime the light is turned on , on top of the laundry area. I just wanna know if it is a requirement or not Thanks

Aug 12, 2013
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door not latching
by: Anonymous

hi again, Yes, mb u need someone to help.
But it will cost 80 to 100, to get somebody to come to you. I can fix for 40 if u want to bring the dryer to me. I have the part here.
Lance in Bris.

Aug 11, 2013
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Door not shutting
by: Anonymous

Hi and thanks for your comments and feedback. I'm actually on Sunshine Coast. Sounds like I need someone to come fit it - I'm not at all 'handy'.

Aug 02, 2013
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sirocco 455 door catch
by: Anonymous

hi there, Most likely it is the part that the catch goes into that has broken. It is the mounting plate for the door switch and thermostat.
You can buy the required door switch plate on ebay, but u need to transfer over the thermostat and spring and red button and switch.
Its a bit of a fiddly job!
Are you in Brisbane?
regards Lance.

Aug 01, 2013
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Sirocco 455 door catch broken
by: Anonymous

Hi there,
My drier's door won't shut - the catch isn't catching. I can't tell if it's the plastic part on the actual door (looks okay) or the part on the machine that it should go into and stay locked. Therefore the drier won't work. Are you able to advise? I might need someone to come look at it as not sure which part is broken/needs replacing.

Jul 30, 2013
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Tarnya - Simpson clear fan belt
by: Anonymous

hi Tarnya, All the Simpson clear fan belts are common to all the Sirocco range, and also earlier models, going back about 20 years or more.
They need a big stretch to fit on, which is normal for a new one of these.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 30, 2013
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Correct belt
by: Tarnya

Hi lance, I have a broken belt on my Sirocco 455. I have removed it and about to order another one from ebay. I am unsure which one to order as they are not specific for any dryer? I would appreciate your help. Thanks Tarnya Victoria
http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_odkw=spare+parts+clothes+dryer&Brand=%2521&_osacat=71254&_from=R40&_dmpt=AU_WashersDryers&LH_AllListings=on&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR3.TRC0.A0.Xffan+belts&_nkw=fan+belts&_sacat=71254

Jul 27, 2013
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Simpson 455 sirocco
by: Drew

Lance. Your da man!, thanks for taking time to post the answer. Dryer now back in commission, many thanks again

Jul 26, 2013
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door catch sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

Do you mean the catch on the door itself, or the part that the door catch fits into?
The catch on the door is available on ebay, I think they are about $8.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 26, 2013
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door catch
by: Anonymous

Hi, my simpson 39S500 dryer is a beauty, I have had it fo a number of years. I have replaced the spigot but now the door catch has broken. Where can I purchase one to replace it please? I realt don't want a new machine.

Jul 23, 2013
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Drew Sirocco 455
by: Anonymous

Hi Drew, Did u try pressing in the red reset button, seen on the left when u open the door?
If the fan belt breaks, then the dryer will run until it overheats from lack of circulation, and shut off.
It should run again after replacing the belt and resetting.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 23, 2013
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Sirrocco 455
by: Drew

Hi
My dryer won't start, noticed the the belt was broken at the rear so i have replaced that. The drum belt seems fine What's the likely problem?
Rgds

Jul 01, 2013
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350 stopped working
by: Anonymous

Yes, u need to get it down off the wall and check the fan belt. Its under the longer black cover, on the outside of the backing plate, 2 screws.
The motor will run and the drum will turn, and the dryer will heat, and then overheat, if the fan belt is broken or loose.
But you can check it on the wall, check if air is coming out the exhaust vent, at the back. if no air = belt broken.
But it might have stopped due to a faulty heater element. usually if the element is failing, the dryer will begin to heat up, then stop, and trip the safety switch in the house circuit board = earth leakage.
Good luck this time.

Jul 01, 2013
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350 just stopped working.
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance, thanks for your advice a few posts before. I tried pushing the safety switch in no luck. It's like there's no resistance. I took out the red safety switch and bridged the wires. Still nothing. I haven't checked the belt yet as the machine is quite hard to get down. If the belt is broken wouldn't the engine inside still engage but do nothing or is there a cut off if the belt brakes of some sort. Thanks.

Jul 01, 2013
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350 just stopped working.
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance, thanks for your advice a few posts before. I tried pushing the safety switch in no luck. It's like there's no resistance. I took out the red safety switch and bridged the wires. Still nothing. I haven't checked the belt yet as the machine is quite hard to get down. If the belt is broken wouldn't the engine inside still engage but do nothing or is there a cut off if the belt brakes of some sort. Thanks.

Jul 01, 2013
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350 just stopped working.
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance, thanks for your advice a few posts before. I tried pushing the safety switch in no luck. It's like there's no resistance. I took out the red safety switch and bridged the wires. Still nothing. I haven't checked the belt yet as the machine is quite hard to get down. If the belt is broken wouldn't the engine inside still engage but do nothing or is there a cut off if the belt brakes of some sort. Thanks.

Jun 30, 2013
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correct wiring on Sirrocco 500 Thanks!
by: Anonymous

Yep - only two prongs on the thermo. Cleaned out around the heater element - was pretty good considering the amazing amount of lint, dust and small stones in the casing! Thanks.

Jun 30, 2013
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BJ Sirocco
by: Anonymous

hi there, I hope you pulled the drum out also. The most important part of any cleanout is around the heater element. Otherwise u waste ur time.
There are a few variations in the 500s. Does it have only one thermostat on the back plate? ie you are only connecting 2 terminals to 2 prongs?
If so, then it doesnt matter which way you connect it.
Good luck.

Jun 30, 2013
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correct wiring on Sirrocco 500
by: B J

Hi, have just had the back off a Simpson Sirrocco 500 dryer to clean it out - amazing what you find in there!
Now I can't remember which wire plug to which prong on the back plate. Three wires - one light blue, the other is a combination of a light blue and black wire. Which one goes to the top prong and which to the bottom.

Thanks

Jun 30, 2013
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simpson 555
by: Anonymous

Have u checked the fan belt? Is it blowing out air from the rear vent? No air = broken / loose belt.
This can cause overheating and tripping of the circuit. Or the heater element maybe faulty. This can cause the safety switch in the house to trip, just as the dryer is warming up.
So fan belt or heater element. if neither, then its the control panel and maybe not worth the expense to replace it.

Jun 30, 2013
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Simpson 555
by: Anonymous

Have a simpson 555 dryer which constantly stops and all the lights are flashing on the panel. Trips the circuit. Any suggestions would be appreciated. thanks.

Jun 26, 2013
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350 just stopped
by: Anonymous

Did you reset the safety switch (red button), by pushing it in firmly?
It should go again after that.
The clicking is just the door switch operating, its prob ok.
But the reason the red button popped out is overheating. Either you did not clear the lint filter , or the fan belt is broken or very loose.
Check previous replies for details, how to check / replace the fan belt. (they are cheap)
good luck.

Jun 26, 2013
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Just stopped
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance, I have a 350 that has just stopped working. The safety switch engages and I can hear a clicking sound when I slide something in where the catch goes just above the red safety switch but nothing works at all. Any thoughts?
Thanks

Jun 26, 2013
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Simpson Sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

Thanks very much for advice. I had a feeling it could be fixed inexpensively rather than pay for a callout from a tech. I'll find a local parts supplier.strife

Jun 26, 2013
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BURNT SMELL, NO AIR = FAN BELT GONE
by: Anonymous

hi there,

Please read some previous replies to questions. Your fan belt has broken or stretched, become unusable. See previous replies for instructions for you to replace. easy job.

Jun 26, 2013
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Simpson Sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

Went to use dryer and very strong burnt smell. Lint filter cleaned after each use. Air not blowing out from top now when turning on and nit heating up. Please advise if I can buy parts and fix myself. Thank you

Jun 24, 2013
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Victoria Sirocco 555
by: Anonymous

It sounds like a problem with the electronic control panel. I have no experience repairing the panels on them. Sorry.

Jun 24, 2013
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Jo Sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

if it blows out only cold air, then the heater has failed or thermostat or connection to the heater?

Jun 24, 2013
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Simpson sirocco 555
by: Victoria

Hi Lance
We have a Simpson sirocco 555 and its been working fine but now when we try to turn it on it beeps once and flashes a red light, but I can't get any further. I've hit the reset and obviously turned off and on at the wall! Any ideas what might be causing it?
Many thanks
Victoria

Jun 24, 2013
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Simpson sirocco 555
by: Victoria

Hi Lance
We have a Simpson sirocco 555 and its been working fine but now when we try to turn it on it beeps once and flashes a red light, but I can't get any further. I've hit the reset and obviously turned off and on at the wall! Any ideas what might be causing it?
Many thanks
Victoria

Jun 24, 2013
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Simpson sirocco 555
by: Victoria

Hi Lance
We have a Simpson sirocco 555 and its been working fine but now when we try to turn it on it beeps once and flashes a red light, but I can't get any further. I've hit the reset and obviously turned off and on at the wall! Any ideas what might be causing it?
Many thanks
Victoria

Jun 24, 2013
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Simpson sirocco 555
by: Victoria

Hi Lance
We have a Simpson sirocco 555 and its been working fine but now when we try to turn it on it beeps once and flashes a red light, but I can't get any further. I've hit the reset and obviously turned off and on at the wall! Any ideas what might be causing it?
Many thanks
Victoria

Jun 24, 2013
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sirocco 500 running but not cooling.
by: Jo

After several loads over the weekend i noticed the last load not dry. The dryer is no longer heating, just blowing cool air. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Jun 24, 2013
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sirocco 500 running but not cooling.
by: Jo

After several loads over the weekend i noticed the last load not dry. The dryer is no longer heating, just blowing cool air. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Jun 24, 2013
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sirocco 500 running but not cooling.
by: Jo

After several loads over the weekend i noticed the last load not dry. The dryer is no longer heating, just blowing cool air. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Jun 24, 2013
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sirocco 500 running but not cooling.
by: Jo

After several loads over the weekend i noticed the last load not dry. The dryer is no longer heating, just blowing cool air. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Jun 22, 2013
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Alexander
by: Anonymous

hi mate,

If it has a capacitor, then it will not have a centrifugal switch. No need for it.

lance.

Jun 22, 2013
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re simpson sirocco
by: alexander

thanks, lance. there is a capacitor, but i cant see a centrifugal switch. the question is should have asked is whether such a switch would be obvious, or would i have to dismantle the motor to find it?

thanks
alexander.

Jun 21, 2013
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Alexander
by: Anonymous

Some sirocco models had capacitors, some had centrifugal switches.
Take off the back and have a look. Replace capacitior to fix it,

Lance in Brisbane

Jun 21, 2013
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natalie, overheating on the floor.
by: Anonymous

I just had an idea why this could happen.
When using it on the floor, do u leave the dryer upside down, as it was on the wall? That is, with the control panel at the bottom of the dryer?
If you use it like this, sitting on the floor, the exhaust duct will be blocked off and surely overheat.
If u want to use it on the floor, then turn the dryer right-side up, then should be fine.

Jun 21, 2013
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simpson sirocco dryer wont start
by: alexander

hi, a friend also have a dryer which wont start. but when i spin the motor spindle by hand from the back, it will run. i will try replacing the capacitor but i was wondering if this type of motor has a centrifugal switch i should be looking for, to inspect? not sure the exact model off hand but is a sirocco about 15yo. thanks

Jun 12, 2013
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sirocco 350
by: Natalie

I will check the fan. This doesn't explain though why it works perfectly when wall mounted. Like I said, it's overheated before when on the floor but never has on the wall. To say it shouldn't make a difference doesn't help me, because it does. I would like to be able to use it while waiting for permission to wall mount it in a rental without unnecessary expense.

Jun 12, 2013
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Natalie sirocco 350
by: Anonymous

hi there, It should not make any difference to the workings of the dryer, if its on the wall or not.
I suggest your fan belt is broken or loose.
Pls remove long black plastic cover on rear of dryer, inspect and replace. Less than $10 on ebay.
It should need to be stretched very hard to fit over both pulleys.
Lance in Brisbane

Jun 12, 2013
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sirocco 350
by: Natalie

I have taken my dryer to a new house and it is not yet wall mounted but sitting on the floor, in a well ventilated area. It keeps overheating and shutting off. This happened once before when it was placed on the floor while the wall was being repainted but worked perfectly once back up on the wall. Why is this happening?

Jun 11, 2013
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Sirocco reversing
by: Anonymous

hi there, Most of the sirocco range are not reversing. I think only 500 and 550 are reversing ones.
I know 450, 350, 455 are not reversing for sure.
The reversing dryers use a different timer, one that includes the heat settings in it. Non-reversing has a seperate heat switch (this is for sirocco and eziset only)
Hope this helps!
Lance in Bris.

Jun 11, 2013
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Are the sirocco dryers reversing?
by: Anonymous

Hi, are the Sirocco dryer range reversing? Thanks!

Jun 01, 2013
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Marianne
by: Anonymous

hi there, Please see my reply to Amanda (may 30). Its the same problem with your dryer now.
Easy and cheap to fix it yourself.
Hope this helps, good luck.
lance in Brisbane


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Exhaust can not working?
by: Marianne

I have a siricco 455 dryer going on 15 years now - Although I think the exhaust can is no longer working as no air is being blown out the back of the dryer. How do I check/replace this?

May 30, 2013
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Thanks lance !
by: Amanda

Thankyou!

May 30, 2013
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Amanda
by: Anonymous

hi there,
The fan belt has broken. Pls remove the long black plastic cover at the back and replace the belt.
Belts are less than 10 bucks on ebay, or your local appliance repairs / spares place.
Hope this helps.
Lance in Brisbane

May 30, 2013
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Eziset 500 overheating
by: Amanda

Thanks so much for this page!

We have a Simpson eziset 500, it started making a quiet noise when working (normally much louder!) and after 2-5 minutes cuts out. The lint filter at back is clear.
It looks like the Exhaust fan is not cooling down- and not even trying to blow air out.
Any ideas? A wet week, 3 kids and 5 loads to dry!!
Thankyou!!

May 19, 2013
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Sam dryer not turning off
by: Anonymous

hi there, What model dryer do u have there?
The manual timer seems to have failed, if it is not turning back to zero and shutting off.
You can buy new timers on ebay or from appliance spare parts stores.
Hope this helps.

May 19, 2013
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Dryer not turning itself off.
by: Sam

Hi,

My dryer works perfectly but sometimes I find that it wont switch itself off after i have put it on for a certain time. What can i have done to fix this problem. eg. instead of turning off after 90mins, i have found it still to be running after almost double that if not more :(

May 15, 2013
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Simpson Wall Mount its
by: Ferg

Thanks for the 'heads-up' - it has an EZI loading door. Now I can plan to fit the new bracket before installing.

May 15, 2013
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Ferg Wall mount
by: Anonymous

hi there,

Is the dryer an EZILOADER? This model takes a different wall mount bracket to previous models.
Check ebay, various sellers have them now.

hope this helps.

May 14, 2013
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Simpson Wall Mount Kits
by: Ferg

Hi,
I am about to replace a Simpson Sirocco 500 with a Simpson 39S500. Do you know if it will fit onto the existing wall mount. (It did for the previous replacement)

May 14, 2013
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Simpson Wall Mount Kits
by: Ferg

Hi,
I am about to replace a Simpson Sirocco 500 with a Simpson 39S500. Do you know if it will fit onto the existing wall mount. (It did for the previous replacement)

May 10, 2013
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Sirocco 555 Drier motor won't start
by: James

Hi again,

It was the starter capacitor, turned out that old cap was leaky (in the electronic sense) and swapping in a new one solved the issue. As mentioned before, I also had to repair PCB tracks on the controller board and replace the changeover relay that switched the motor on/off

May 10, 2013
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Sirocco 555 Drier motor won't start
by: James

Hi again,

It was the starter capacitor, turned out that old cap was leaky (in the electronic sense) and swapping in a new one solved the issue. As mentioned before, I also had to repair PCB tracks on the controller board and replace the changeover relay that switched the motor on/off

Apr 29, 2013
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James Sirocco 555
by: Anonymous

hi there,
It should still start with that capacitor value.
I suggest there may be another problem in the circuit board (unknown).
Your tech skills are superior to mine, good luck.

Apr 29, 2013
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Sirocco 555 Drier motor won't start
by: James

Hi there,

I have a sirocco 555 drier where the motor won't start. The capacitor measures 6.8uF (says 8uF on the component). Is this OK or does it indicate the need for a replacement cap?

I've already replaced the motor control relay (the one with a C/O contact) and repaired a circuit track on the controller board.

When I press the start button, I can hear the relays click to engage, and there's a low hum, but no movement from the motor. The motor windings are 40 ohms.

I am qualified as a service tech, so I know safety procedures etc, but I've never worked on whiteware (mostly on communications gear).

Thanks in advance for any help.

James.

Apr 17, 2013
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Dryer Door Catch/Striker - faces which way
by: Andrew

Hello, the Dryer Door Catch/Striker (male, part number SMD033 or 0030377068) like this one: http://imgc.classistatic.com/cps/blnc/130415/688r1/5725912_20.jpeg

- can you please advise with the metal part, whether the thicker part or thinner part should be closest to the door handle/opener?

Thanks in advance.

Apr 02, 2013
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Simpson Sirocco 350 dryer keeps tripping fuse
by: Anonymous

My Simpson Sirocco 350 dryer keeps on tripping my powerboard shortly after I turn it on. I have replaced the fan belt as I thought that may have been the problem, but it keeps tripping :(

Mar 18, 2013
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Sirocco 455 tripping safety switch
by: Rob

Please help, my dryer runs for 2 mins then trips the safety swithch. We are limited with space and cant find a unit to replace at same dimensions so I need to repair.....any suggestions?

Mar 18, 2013
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job done
by: chin

Thank for all your help... now work perfectly thank you

Mar 18, 2013
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CHIN eziset 350 scraping scratchy?
by: Anonymous

Hi Chin,
This noise was not there before you replaced the fan belt?
I think you need to take the complete back panel off the dryer, look for anything stuck in there to cause scraping. If nothing, then take drum out of dryer, see if something is stuck in the front rubbing surface of the dryer rim.
Lance in Brisbane

Mar 18, 2013
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scarcy noise
by: CHIN

i take 350 out and clean it up fit new fan belt..still the scarcy noise witll there (metal scarcy sound)..do you think i may put or load the drum unbalance...any tip you can help me please..
chin

Mar 13, 2013
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CHIN eziset 350
by: Anonymous

Chin, Replace the fan belt on your dryer. This will fix the problem. Remove long black oval-shaped plastic cover from back of dryer.
New belt needs to be stretched very firmly to fit over both pulleys tightly.

Mar 13, 2013
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please help
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I got Simpson Eziset 350 for good years. recently it makes humming noise and keept cut off for overheat!!
what should i do?? at the airflow, it has no air come out. However heating still doing fine.

Thank you for your help,
chin

Mar 13, 2013
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Chin Sirocco 350
by: Anonymous

hi Chin, Your fan belt is broken, pls scroll back, for instructions how to replace it.
Cost about $10 on ebay, easy to replace for yourself.
Lance in Brisbane.

Mar 12, 2013
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Thanks
by: Anonymous

Thankyou lance it was a bit stretched i manage to get a belt but was unable to find any part or model numbers to match to so hopefully it the right one but if not it was only 8.25 or somebody else mighy be able to use it, il keep you posted if it is successful

Mar 12, 2013
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please help
by: Anonymous

just for simpson 350 is no air come out at the air flow??? just get wrong last Q...sorry..chin

Mar 12, 2013
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made humming noise and keep cut off.
by: CHIN

Hi,
I got Simpson Eziset 350 for good years now...recently just makes humming noise and keept cut off for overheat!!
what should i do at the airflow still has air come out.
Thank you for your help,
chin

Mar 11, 2013
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Tina Sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

hi Tina,

Most likely the fan belt is stretched or broken, check if air is coming out the back vent - no air = broken belt.
$10 or less on ebay now.
Scroll back older posts for details how to change it.
Good luck.
Lance in Brisbane

Mar 11, 2013
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Please help me
by: Anonymous

I just swapped my dryer with a friend as i have xhildren nw and he is single so i had more use for the larger dryer, a sirocco 500, however i have plugged it up ready to use and whilst drying a light load it kept cutting out after 20 minutes, at first i thought it was because i had it on the dark blue cycle with the full sun intead of the light blue half sun cycle, i figure it was just to humid for that cycle but after i changed it to tje cooler one, pressed the safety reset and turned it back on 15 minutes later it happened again except this time i burnt myself every external side of the dryer was boiling hot and i also burnt my self on the barrel, ny old dryer use to get hot in the barrel but never on the outside it would only ever be warm to the touch, what is causing this do u have any idea. tinabussell@hotmail.com

Mar 04, 2013
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dryer tripping switch
by: Jan

Thanks for that. I too thought that too but after some more testing and tripping of switch it is now cutting out on cool as well....thanks for your help

Mar 04, 2013
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Jan Sirocco 350
by: Anonymous

hi Jan,

It sounds like the heater element is causing the problem. I can't say for sure without testing it, but I have seen the same symptoms caused by this many times.
Element is about $40 for the part.

Hope this helps,
Lance in Brisbane.

Mar 03, 2013
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dryer tripping power board switch when it warms up
by: Jan

Hi thanks for you great help. I have just replaced the rear drive belt and the sirocco 350 is now turning nicely. Works fine blowing cool air but when you put the temp settings on high runs for a couple of minutes then trips the main power board switch.

Now trips the switch even on cool.........what now....please help

Feb 27, 2013
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sirocco 450 no heat
by: Anonymous

hi there, It may be a faulty temperature switch.
Remove front fascia panel to access it. One screw each end, plus hidden screw under sirocco badge.
Lance in Brisbane.

Feb 27, 2013
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My dryer 450 no hot air just cool?
by: Anonymous

How to trun on the hot? I saw the button show hot /cool and warm. I turn it to hot but it still cool?
I never use this dryer until last week. I move in this new house 4 years ago.please help thanks

Feb 23, 2013
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Natalie - 350 overheat
by: Anonymous

hi there, I think most likely the dryer has a broken or over-stretched fan belt. To check, run the dryer and feel the back vent, if any air is coming out. No airflow, belt no good.
Romove the long oval-shaped black plastic cover from the back of the dryer. 2 screws, one recessed and one at lower part. The old fan belt will probably fall out when u remove the cover.
The new belts are $10 or less on ebay, fit yourself by stretching the belt over both pulleys. It looks too small, but it takes a good stretching to fit it.
This should solve the overheating problem, and allow your dryer to work normally again.
I guess the red reset button (thermostat) would have needed to be pushed back in, for your dryer to work again after the overheating.
Good luck, hope this helps you.
Lance in Brisbane.

Feb 23, 2013
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Eziset 350
by: Anonymous

Hi there, I have a Simpson Eziset 350 dryer and it seems to be overheating.
It gets hot, but eventually turns itself off after about 5-10min of use. The clothes inside are damp still, but very hot.
It also doesn't make the same sound as it used to, it's more quieter, which is no good because it now doesn't work :(
If you could be if any assistance if really appreciate your comments. I just could not justify the expense of buying a new dryer right now, so a quick part replacement would be ideal.
Look forward to hearing from you, Natalie

Feb 16, 2013
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Brian - drum belt tension
by: Anonymous

hi Brian, Pls scroll back to my reply to another query, Dec 24 2011. This will explain how the belt tensioning works.
Hope this helps.

Feb 14, 2013
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Drive belt
by: Bambey2

hey there I have one of these Simpson Sirocco Series 350 dryers that i got a few months ago when a friend was heading over sea's, the dryer kept over heating and a few scraping noises when runing so I removed the back carefully and saw lots of dust and crap so decided to remove the drum and undid the belt and pull the drum out, Vacummed and cleaned up and tried putting drum back in, my problem is the belt must have a special way of going in as it seems to loose to drive the drum now, do i need to do some, put a twist in it or some thing????
it looked simple enough when I pulled it out
If you can help and live in Henderson Auckland NZ I would love to hear from some one, Dryer to dam good to through away Ph Brian 098360960 or 0272262001 thanks

Feb 14, 2013
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NZ Sirocco timer
by: Anonymous

hi mate, There are timers to suit Simpson sirocco, readily available now on ebay. Several sellers have them. There are a couple of different types, to suit one directional, or 2 directional (reversing) rotation of the drum. Timer cost about $45 for simple type, approx double the price or more, for reversing drum type timer.
Search sirocco (your model)timer, on ebay.

Feb 14, 2013
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Sirocco Dryer Timer
by: Anonymous

Our timer seems to have failed, I am a very handy do it yourself guy who repairs most things (stoves, dishwashers etc) but cannot locate another timer, rest of unit is in great condition so I do not want to through it out ! Any comment how to test the timer and also to source another second hand or new would be great. I ponder if Simpson use it in other units and the timer is readily available? I am in NZ but will be in Melbourne over Easter. Cheers KIWI_EAG

Feb 10, 2013
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Simpson Sirocco 455
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,

Have emailed you.

Cheers, Mary :)

Feb 09, 2013
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Sueinka 500
by: Anonymous

hi there, The broken part cost about $20 on ebay, but its some work to replace it.
Basically, u have to remove the drum from the dryer to do that.
Lance in Brisbane.

Feb 09, 2013
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simpson sirrocco 500
by: sueinka

Hi, I have had my clothes dryer for a while and has been very reliable. My problem is that the white plastic tip that clips the filter to the machine has half broken off....Can I fix this or is it a new dryer

Feb 08, 2013
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Mary sirocco 455
by: Anonymous

hi Mary, Can you email me on lancez98@hotmail.com
Hope I can help.

regards, Lance in Brisbane.

Feb 07, 2013
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Simpson Sirocco 455
by: Anonymous

Hi,

My dryer has started to make a metallic whirring noise as it spins. The drum is moving and there is heat (i recently changed the fan belt as it had stopped heating/blowing air).

I can not for the life of me work out what I need to fix next.

Is this something I can fix myself or if not can you recommend anyone on the north side of brisbane that could help with this at all??

Mary :)

Jan 25, 2013
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Simpson Eziset 350 Dryer
by: jacko

I found yr expertise fascinating for an online assistance person.
Our Dryer (bought 2004) and has been fine. Just yesterday, it started to 'go slow' - the drum was moving fine that I could see, but the 'drier noise' was duller/quieter/slower. No heat from exhaust either.
I've read a lot yr advice comments here and using that, I seem to have solved the problem. Took the fan belt cover off and belt spindles & surrounds were clogged with lint.
Appreciate it. I'll ask abt our Maytag washing machine problems in another comment.
Thank u.

Jan 25, 2013
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lost gold
by: arturompx

picked up a 350 in a cleanup had broken fan belt .replaced that and it had a scrapping sound after reassembly .pulled it down and found a gold braclet under drum .valued over $1000.00.happy boy.

Jan 03, 2013
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Sirocco 555
by: Mark

Dear Lance,

Belay my last question, I have located a spare parts supplier here in WA and have obtained a new main power switch, which I have just now fitted and all is working well. Thank you for your excellant help.

Jan 02, 2013
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Sirocco 555
by: Mark

Hi Lance, I wrote in on 3oth Dec about the 555 not starting. I got a reply (not sure if it was from you) which suggested that the main power switch had failed. Can you confirm this and advise where that switch is and is this a job I can do. Also what part do I require.
Many thanks.

Jan 02, 2013
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Jill Sirocco panel
by: Anonymous

hi Jill, I have checked ebay, and no listings for the sirocco fascia panel. Same panel is used for 350 450 455 models.
But i think it is more likely that your timer is faulty. Its not uncommon for them to work intermittently. New timer is about $40 to $50 on ebay.
Happy new year,
Lance in Brisbane.

Jan 02, 2013
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cracked fascia panel
by: Jill

Hi Lance,

Absolutely fantastic site - thank you. Could you please tell me what search term to use for the front panel of my simpson sirocco 455 which holds the timer, the 3 temperature settings knob, and the Sirocco name badge. I thought the timer wasn't working but when I removed the front panel the timer worked, and when I screwed the panel back on the timer stopped working. The panel is cracked and a bit twisted so I think it no longer fits properly such that the timer rod is no longer sitting in the middle of the panel but to the side, and so is stopping the plastic bit on the timer from moving. Please help. Thank you.

Dec 31, 2012
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sirocco 555
by: Anonymous

hi there, It may be the main power switch on the dryer has failed.

Dec 30, 2012
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Sirocco 555 wont turn on
by: Anonymous

I have a Sirocco 555 and it wont start. I have checked the fan drive belt and it is OK. When I press the main power switch it gives a single beep and a light indicator against the full sun symbol lights red momentarily and then goes out and nothing further happens. I have also pressed the red safety re-set switch but no luck. What do you think it is?

Dec 18, 2012
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Rana, Sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

hi Rana, I think your search was too specific, as one capacitor can fit many different brands. Just search "capacitor dryer", and it brings up several items. Select one with the same mounting at the bottom, the same value 7 or 8uf, and same terminals at top. I think its 4 terminals.
Good luck.
Lance in Brisbane.

Dec 18, 2012
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Sirocco 500
by: Rana

Thanks very much :)

Can you please tell me the name of the part I need to search for on eBay? I searched capacitor Simpson sirocco and got no search results.

Thankyou!

Dec 18, 2012
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Rana, Sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

hi there, Its a common problem after some years of usage. The starting capacitor, attached to the side of the motor, has failed.
Please do not use the dryer anymore until you have replaced it. Can overheat and catch fire.
Capacitor is small white plastic cylinder next to motor, wires connect to the top. It has a nut holding it at the bottom, or clips in place. They cost about $10 to $20 on ebay.
Make sure you get the same one, it will be 6, 7, or 8 microfarads on the side of it.
Pls check other replies on how to remove the back panel off the dryer.
Merry Christmas!
Lance in Brisbane.

Dec 18, 2012
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Sirocco 500
by: Rana

hi there, our simpson sirocco 500) auto-reverse dryer is playing up. the drum will not start spinning and it hums like it's wanting to turn on. the only way to get it going is to physically spin the drum then shut the door which proves quite difficult with a load of clothes in it. once it auto-reverse spins it stops spinning and trips the safety switch. how can i fix this?

Dec 07, 2012
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katrina
by: Anonymous

hi there, The lint filter for this model is inside the dryer, on the back of the drum. You will see a white round plastic cover. Pull it off and clear the lint filter. This should be done every time you use the dryer, or it can run too hot and stop.
Also its a good idea to check if you have a good airflow out the back of the dryer. Being wall-mounted, the air probably will be coming out the bottom right hand side. If no air is coming out, then the fan belt is broken. Dryer must be removed from wall to replace it. See previous posts regarding how to replace fan belt.
Hope this helps, good luck.
Lance in Brisbane.

Dec 07, 2012
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Turning off
by: Katrina

Hi there
I bought a place and the dryer came with it (a Simpson 455) and it has started turning off part way through a drying cycle - its wall mounted and I can't find the filters - could you please advise where to look or what else may be wrong
Thanks!
Katrina

Nov 24, 2012
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Robina
by: Anonymous

hi there, The part you need is called a "Spigot, for lint filter holder". Available on ebay, several sellers have them. Price varies, from $10 to $30.
The drum must be removed from the dryer, to replace this part.
Hope this helps. Lance in Brisbane.

Nov 24, 2012
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Hopeful for part replacement
by: Robina

Hi - I have a Simpson Eziset 455 and the white plastic bit that the lint filter attaches to has broken. The lint filter will only stay in the right place if there is a full load. Do you know the name of the part I need and if/where it is available?
Cheers
Robina

Nov 09, 2012
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Dan Timer wiring
by: Anonymous

hi Dan, I looked on Google, this link to a page which shows the timer sitting up the right way, with wires connected. You will prob have the same setup on your dryer, with a red wire and 2 brown wires, a thick brown and a thin brown. As shown, thick one is to the bottom of the timer.
http://www.partsplanet.co.nz/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=293
Hope this helps.
lance in Brisbane.

Nov 09, 2012
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Timer wiring
by: Dan

Hi Lance,

Thank you for generously sharing your knowledge.

I have removed the timer from a 450 but neglected to not the configuration.

Do you know of any diagrams showing how the wires should be connected? If not, do you have any advice?

Thanks,


Dan


Nov 03, 2012
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Timer stuck, Andrew
by: Anonymous

hi Andrew, The timers on the Sirocco and Eziset range of dryers are not the greatest. Sometimes they will outlast the life of the dryer, or sometimes they fail very early.
Timer is not repairable. New timers on ebay, prices from $40 to $60. Its easy to replace it yourself. One screw at each end of fascia panel, plus one screw hidden under the "Sirocco" badge. Badge is removable with a screwdriver under the edge.
Hope it helps, good luck.
Lance in Brisbane.

Nov 03, 2012
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Timer getting stuck
by: Andrew

Hi lance

The timer on our Simpson sirocco 455 gets stuck with 30 mins to go and therefore never turns itself off automatically.

What can you suggest?

Thanks

Andrew

Nov 03, 2012
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455 fan belt
by: Anonymous

hi David, If the belt keeps coming off, most likely u will need to fit a new one. They do stretch over a period of time. New belt is $10 or less on ebay.
You will find that it takes a big stretch to fit the new one, you will see the difference compared to the old. There is no adjustment for tensioning this belt. Hope it helps,
Lance in Brisbane.

Nov 03, 2012
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Sirocco 455
by: David

Hi Lance have a 455 dryer that tha fan belt keeps coming off do I need a new fan belt or is there a tension adjustment on the drive motor under back cover?Many thanks for your knowledge.

Oct 06, 2012
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Sirocco 455
by: Chris

Hi, I found the two thermostats, and tested them with multimeter and hair dryer to warm them enough for them to switch off... All good, only thing I could see that might have been a problem was some lint covering the hole to one of them. I cleaned out everything put if all back together and everything works as it should... Guess it must have been a bad connection or maybe that lint was stuffing up the thermostat

Happy to have it working again- thanks for you'd help lance wouldn't have got that back cover off without your help!
Cheers,
Chris

Oct 05, 2012
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Sirocco 455 no heat
by: Anonymous

Thanks lance, I took apart and tested the switch and element with multimeter. Both seem fine- element was 30 ohms. What else do I check? I don't know what the thermostat looks like or where it is but that would seem the next step yes?
Thanks for your help so far you've been awesome
Chris

Oct 04, 2012
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Chris Sirocco 455
by: Anonymous

hi again, Before removing the back panel, its worth trying a new heat switch first, saves a lot of work if thats all the problem. Heat switch is accessed by removing the front fascia panel, easy. If thats not the problem : Getting the back panel off - there is a trick to it. Sorry, I thought you already had it removed when you sent the previous message.
Tip the dryer back up on its base. Open the door and remove the lint filter. The plastic fitting that the lint filter sits on, has a little plastic tongue in the middle of it. You need to pull that tongue outwards, about half an inch. Use small pliers to grip it. This releases the back panel off the plastic drum bearing. Turn the dryer back over on its front, then grab the back panel front the bottom edge and pull upwards sharply. (Assuming all the little retaining bolts have been removed). It should release now.
Turn the panel over, bend back the metal flap and disconnect the thermostat wires. You need to remove that wiring off the backing plate cos it gets in the way. When the panel is off you will see a tensioner spring, going from the motor to the dryer body. Stretch and remove it. Further disassembly is easy after that.
Hope this helps.

Oct 03, 2012
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455 no heat
by: Chris

Hi thanks lance, ill look for that spring, its hard to see in -as everything wants to come out as i lift the back panel, any tips on getting to the spring?
I have a multimeter, but don't really know how to use it... Is just a resistance test enough? what tests would you recommend I do on which parts?

Oct 01, 2012
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Chris Sirocco 455
by: Anonymous

hi there, You probably do need to remove the drum, get it all apart. Put the dryer face down, to work on it, not standing up. You said the drum is held in by the belt. The belt is tensioned by the spring, so stretch and remove the spring carefully. Then twist the body of the motor clockwise, to further reduce belt tension. The belt should be easy to get off now. Just release it from the motor pulley. Then pull the drum out. You will see the heater element. Check for any problems that you can see, such as blown element, any swelling on the element or distortions. This is a good chance to clean out all the lint and dust around the element, and accumulated rubbish, like hair-pins and other foreign bits and pieces that get caught up in most dryers. You may see some blackened lint around the element. This means it has got close to catching fire. But it may not be the element causing the non-heating problem. It may be the heat switch, on the front panel. You may need some electrical test gear, to check if the heat switch is working correctly. Check if the switch is open or closed, in both the warm and hot positions. Switch is open in the central (cold) position.
Hope this helps. if I was in a hurry, i would just replace the heat switch, and see if that fixes it. But removing the drum is smart because you can prevent problems later, such as a fire.
Good luck!
Lance in Brisbane

Oct 01, 2012
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Sirocco 455 not heating.
by: Chris

Hi, have no heat. Is plenty of airflow, fanbelt is fine- im trying to open it up but isn't coming apart as easy as I thought! In fact I can't get into it after unscrewing back panel the drum belt is holding it all together and I'm not sure how to remove. Realised I might be doing unnecessary things... how do I check heating items to see which part might need replacing?

Sep 05, 2012
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Burning smell = do not use!
by: Anonymous

hi there, If your dryer has a burning smell, do not use it anymore until it can be dismantled, drum removed, and thoroughly cleaned out inside.
Failure to auto-reverse could be the timer, motor or capacitor, depending on what its doing.
Also check the fan belt, accessable from rear cover, as these stretch or break, common fault.
But , I repeat, DO NOT USE the dryer in this condition. It can really catch fire.
Lance in Brisbane.

Sep 05, 2012
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simpson sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

Hi ,
I have a simpson sirocco 500 tumble dryer and it wont reverse spin. Its making a different kind of noise and it overheats even a smell of burning and black heat mark around the opening. Any ideas what could be wrong?Any help will be appreciative.
Thanks

Aug 11, 2012
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555
by: Anonymous

hi there, The 555 sirocco, is it auto-sensing? If its cutting out before the clothes are dry, mb the sensor is faulty, or a problem in the electronic control panel may be the cause. Its not normal for that to happen. When you say cutting out, is it tripping the thermostat? (red button) is it tripping the safety switch on your meter board?
It sounds like you have done all the right things, but still got a problem now.

Aug 10, 2012
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555
by: Anonymous

I am finding the unit will cut out after 20-30 minutes of drying. I have vented to window and installed new blower belt. Lint filter changed and issue continues. Longer drying time achieved for lower lint producing items. Is this just a necessary evil of drying towels?

Aug 02, 2012
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Door
by: SarahSJE

I hoped so too but sadly the plastic peg part of the door is broken off, the bit that goes into the hinge cover. Might hunt for a second hand door. Cheers!

Aug 02, 2012
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Sarah new door
by: Anonymous

hi there,
Mybe you need to buy a new door hinge cover, to fix the door problem. They are about $10 plus postage, on ebay now. Various sellers have them.
Thanks for the feedback,
Lance in Brisbane.

Aug 02, 2012
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Thank you
by: Sarah

Hi Lance,
Just wanted to say I appreciate your page and advice. My boyfriend's dryer wasn't working, we found your page and sussed out the problem in a few minutes. We walked a few streets away and bought a new belt for $20 and our towels are drying as I type this. Now to tackle the barely tacked on door and hunt out a new one!
Cheers and many thanks,
Sarah

Jul 29, 2012
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Eziset 455 - no reverse
by: Anonymous

hi there, Are you serious?? The 455 model is NOT an autoreversing dryer..

Jul 29, 2012
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Simpson Eziset 455
by: Anonymous

My Simpson Eziset 455 does not auto reverse. How can this be fixed?

Jul 22, 2012
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Tim, no heat?
by: Lance

hi Tim, The heating circuit goes through the thermostats (check connections, loose terminals, damaged prongs on the thermostat), the timer (is it working properly, returns to zero and shuts off), the heat selector switch on the front of dryer (check if switch faulty - this is often the cause if all else looks ok), heating element (check connections and continuity). Thats about it.
Good luck. Yes I agree it would help if we can add pics, but not possible. Its not my site.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 22, 2012
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no heat...
by: Tim

Sirocco 455.
Just did the fan belt.
Nice help here - but pictures would be nice.
What's the order of elimination for the heater? Is there thongs to check first before the element (by which stage I'll have the thing completely apart).
Regards
Tim

Jul 22, 2012
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sirocco 455
by: Anonymous

hi there, Price sounds fair. Get the seller to run it for you, show that its heating properly. Check that there is hot air coming out of the rear vent after a couple of minutes running. Check for any scraping or unusual noises.
Good luck.

Jul 22, 2012
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Sirocco 455 dryer
by: Talby

Hi,

We are after a 2nd dryer for a holiday house and have the opportunity to buy a Sirocco 455 for $75. Seller has stated very infrequent use and it's appearance seems to back this up. Does the price sound about right for this machine?

Thanks.

Jul 20, 2012
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exhaust hose?
by: Leela

Does anyone know if I can get an exhaust hose to attach to my 455 series simpson sirocco to put out the window as it's causing a mold problem in my laundry room. thanks!

Jul 17, 2012
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wrong bracket
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,

Thanks, I've done that but unfortunately they're the same as the one I've got. They just don't fit my dryer. It's really weird. It's like mine has a different back or something.

Think I'll have to give up!

Thanks anyway.
Sally.

Jul 17, 2012
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Sally bracket
by: Anonymous

hi there, Please do a search for "wall bracket sirocco" on ebay now. This will show you the correct bracket for your dryer. I just checked this morning, they are available now.
I don't sell parts on ebay, for your information only. Hope it helps.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 17, 2012
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wrong bracket
by: Anonymous

Hi,thanks for this. I've looked them up on ebay and other places and all the ones for sale that say they're for my dryer are the same as the one I bought. Would you know which ones mine take?
Sally.

Jul 17, 2012
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Simpson bracket
by: Anonymous

hi there, You have the wrong bracket for this dryer.
Have a look on ebay, several sellers have them now, about $25. Hope this helps.

Jul 17, 2012
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wrong bracket??
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm trying to wall mount my Simpson Sirocco 450 using a Simpson wall bracket but the bracket "prongs" are designed to fit on either side of the dryer while the slots they're meant to fit into are along the top (i.e. the slots are horizontal along the bottom of the dryer, not vertical down the sides). I have no idea why this doesn't fit. Any ideas? Is there another kind of bracket available for this type of dryer??

Jul 16, 2012
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Phillip 350 thermo
by: Anonymous

hi again, It needs 2 thermostats for the 2 different heat settings, hot or warm settings.
The connectors will show you where the wires go. The 2 wires with the right angle connectors both go on the hot thermo (furtherest away from the motor hole), the connector with the double wires going into it, that goes on the warm thermo, the remaining one goes on the warm thermo also.
The length of the wires generally makes it easy to refit the wires to the thermos. Hope it works this time, good luck.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 15, 2012
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Simpson Sicocco 350 No heat
by: Philip

Hi Lance this will be the last try. I'm getting really good at taking the back off now. Before I start again could you please explain why there are two thermostats. This knowledge may help in sorting out the wiring. There is a common black wire which is easy to locate. Will it matter which way the remaining two wires go?
thanks, Philip

Jul 15, 2012
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Yvette 500 fan replacement
by: Anonymous

hi there, Remove back panel and disconnect wires from thermostat.
You then need to remove the dish-shaped part, which is pressed in place above the fan. It is retained by 2 steel tabs, one each side. Loosen the 2 screws holding the brackets down, and turn the brackets away from the edge. Now, removing the dish, you need a large screwdriver and something under it for leverage, I use pliers. Lever upwards under the edge of the dish, work your way around it, and it should pull out.
Now you will see the fan exposed. Remove the fan from the hub by undoing the center screw and pulling upward. Now you will see the fan pulley and bearing assembly. Undo 3 screws to remove it. Some kits have the fan pulley, the bearing and housing all fully assembled for you to replace easily. Some do not. I assemble them using a couple of sockets the right size, and a hammer.
Hope it goes well.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 15, 2012
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replacing rear bearing fan kit
by: Yvette

Hi, i purchased a bearing fan kit for my simpson sirocco 500, as the smaller white pulley had snapped, i want to know how i take my dryer appart to be able to replace the whole kit, as where the fan is situated seems to be housed in a moulded compartment, very difficult to get to.
Thanks

Jul 12, 2012
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Philip sirocco 350
by: Anonymous

hi there, You're running out of possibilities!
It could be a faulty heat selector switch, on the front of the dryer. I would try that first. The heating circuit also goes through the timer. A faulty timer can sometimes stop the heating, but not always. Check all your wiring and connections inside the dryer.
Hope you can find the answer, pls let me know what you find.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 11, 2012
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Simpson Sirocco 350 not heating
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,
So far I have replaced the fan belt and fitted a new element. Last time it blew the house fuse so I replaced the heater element. Now the motor runs fine with plenty of air coming out of the back but no heat on either setting. Can you suggest something. Have I connected the thermostats incorrectly perhaps?
Thanks,
Philip

Jul 11, 2012
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wall mounting sirocco 350
by: Anonymous

Yes, you can wall mount this dryer, in fact all Simpson range can be wall mounted with the correct brackets. See ebay, several sellers have them cheap.
Mount upside down, so you can still reach the controls.
You may need help to mount the brackets on the wall. If you just screw them into gyprock or plaster, they can pull out and dryer will crash to earth.
Hope this helps,
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 11, 2012
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wall mounting dryer
by: Anonymous

is it possible to wall mount my simpson sirocco 350 series dryer?

Jun 28, 2012
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Maureen sirocco 455
by: Anonymous

hi there, Check at the rear air exhaust vent, when the dryer is running. Is there plenty of air coming out? If not, than the fan belt is broken or come off the pulleys. Remove long black plastic cover at rear, to check.
You have heat, so thats not the problem, it does sound like broken or dislodged fan belt.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jun 28, 2012
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Help with dryer
by: Anonymous

We have a model 455 could someone help us. Our dryer belt broke and we fixed it now the dryer isnt drying the clothes there is no heat but when we put out hand inside the door it is like touching a oven it is so hot. What can be making it do this. Could it be the heater eliment.

from
Maureen

Jun 24, 2012
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Thank you
by: Andy

Hi Lance,

Thank you for such a quick reply, the dryer comes with the house when we move in, it had such a big pipe and yes, the hot air coming out, but we dont know about that 3 setting, mostly we put on circle option (means not hot).

By the way,t hank you so much :)

Jun 24, 2012
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Andy Maxidry circle, half circle, etc
by: Anonymous

hi Andy, The circles refer to the heat settings on your dryer. half black circle is warm setting, black circle is hot setting (normal), circle is airing, no heat. The airing setting is the centre position, while the 2 heat settings are on each side of that one.
If you get no heating on any of the settings, check that there is air coming out the rear vent. if there is air coming out, but no heat, maybe a problem with a loose connect or maybe the heater element has failed.
Hope this helps, good luck.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jun 24, 2012
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question abt my dryer
by: Andy

hi there,

I have SImpson maxidryer 1200S comes with the house, it had 3 setting on there,
1. round circle
2. round with half black
3. circle with full black

what is that means? we try but after 2 hour, the cloth still not dry, any advise? thank you

Jun 12, 2012
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No heating or airflow, Sirocco 350
by: Anonymous

hi there, I would firstly check the fan belt is not broken or loose. See previous replies for how to replace it. Just cheap on ebay, less than $10, easy fix. It was probably still heating, until the reset button pops out (thermostat). With no airflow, it overheats, and thats what happens (normal).
If that does not fix everything, then the heater element may be faulty. About $40 for new one.
If you have to get a tradesman to do any work on it, you are probably better off buying a new dryer. Fisher & Paykel has a 3.5kg dryer, also Simpson has a 4kg model, if you prefer the smaller size ones.
I would be going for the F & P.
Good luck, hope its only the fan belt!
Lance in Brisbane.

Jun 11, 2012
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No heating, airflow etc
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,

Thanks for being here.

Sirocco 350. Need to hit reset button to have any action, but even then get rotating noise (possibly a little harsher than normal), but no airflow or heating. Does this suggest an expensive to replace control panel failure? As such is it replacement time and if so what similar capacity dryer would you recommend?

Jun 11, 2012
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overheating dryer Bec
by: Anonymous

hi there, If you had not said it was still blowing air out the back, i would say its a broken fan belt. But maybe its a loose fan belt? Check under the long black cover on the back, see if the belt is very tight as it should be. If this is not the problem, maybe the heater element is faulty.
Heater is about $40 plus fitting, so try the belt first, only about $10 for a new one, fit yourself easy.
Hope this helps, good luck.
Lance.

Jun 11, 2012
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Sirocco 455
by: Bec

Hi Lance
You're the man to ask..!!
I've recently moved house, since this has happened my dryer now overheats. (It never happened before moving). The dryer works for approximately 2 mins before shutting itself down and is very hot to touch. There is air blowing from the back so I think the fan belt is fine.. otherwise not sure what to do.
Many many thanks in advance!
Bec in Perth :-)

Jun 03, 2012
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Mark 550 heating
by: Anonymous

hi there, Yes, there is a moisture sensor in this dryer. When you first put the clothes in, it may take a minute or more to begin heating.
But it should then heat continuously. It should heat the same whether clothes are wet from the washing machine or only damp.
I'm not sure why you are experiencing this problem. I think it would not be caused by the dryness sensor. If I had the dryer here as a job, i would be checking all the connections in the heating circuit. But it may be a minor fault in the electronic control panel. Replacing the control panel would be an expensive option, especially if that does not solve the problem.
Hope this helps?
Lance in Brisbane.

Jun 03, 2012
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sirocco 550 intermittent heating
by: mark

Hi. I have a simpson sirocco 550. Sometimes when it is running it is blowing cold air and other times it dries the clothes. i have noticed if the clothes are too wet i.e straight from the washing machine, it will blow cold and not dry. If the clothes have been dried out a bit on the clothes line it will heat up fine and dry the clothes. Any ideas as to what is causing this? Is there such a thing as a moisture sensor? Thanks in advance

May 29, 2012
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olivia 550 fan kit
by: Anonymous

hi there, You can buy the required parts only as a fan kit, comes with plastic fan, pulley, bearing housing and bearing, all in bits , to be assembled.
It can be an awkward job if you don't have the right tools. The fan assembly is housed inside the backing plate, need to remove backing plate completely from the dryer to work on it.
Hope this helps.
Lance in Brisbane.

May 29, 2012
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Sirocco 550
by: Olivia

Hi,

Last year I replaced the plastic fan belt on my Sirocco 550 dryer but now it has stopped working again. When I took the back cover off the plastic pulley has broken and the pin that connects it to the drum has snapped off. Is it possible to get a replacement of this?

Thanks.

May 26, 2012
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Door fell off
by: Pippa

Thank you! I have ordered a new one on ebay. Meanwhile, duct tape is holding the door together. Ugly, but effective!

May 25, 2012
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pippa's door fell off
by: Anonymous

hi there, It will be the door hinge cover that has broken. You will see 2 screws still in place where it was mounted to the dryer.
The covers are about $16 on ebay. Same one does all the Sirocco range. Hope this helps.
lance in Brisbane.

May 25, 2012
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Door Fell Off
by: Pippa

The door of my wall-mounted Sirocco 450 has just suddenly fallen off. I found a little piece of broken plastic on the floor which I gather is part of the hinge? I am not a DIY person, so what can I do? Would have to happen when I was drying sheets on a rainy day!

May 22, 2012
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Tony 550 release back
by: Anonymous

hi Tony, Yes, use small pliers to pull out plastic tongue from the front, inside dryer. Sometimes the plastic bearing will stick, causing the back panel to be hard to remove. Pull upwards and outwards (with dryer lying facedown)at the bottom of the panel. It should release.
Hope this helps.

May 21, 2012
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Sirocco 550
by: Tony

thanks,

The rear doesn't seem to come off easily. I have removed the belt cover and exhaust cover and attaching screws.
Do I also need to release the plastic bearing from the drum via the front pull out of the little plastic "tongue"

thanks

May 21, 2012
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Tony Sirocco 550
by: Anonymous

hi Tony, Please have a look at Brendans recent post. It may be the same problem with your dryer. Sometimes there is no burnt smell, the capacitor can fail without any outward signs. See my reply for replacing it.
regards Lance.

May 21, 2012
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Phillip 350 wiring to thermostats
by: Anonymous

hi there, It's heating, so the wiring to the thermostats is probably correct. Due to the length of the wires, it's hard to get it wrong. I don't know of any diagrams for it.
The dryer may be tripping the earth leakage switch due to faulty heater. If faulty, the heaters usually fail after fully heating up, as described.
Hope this helps.
Lance in Brisbane.


May 21, 2012
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Thanks!
by: Brendan

Thanks Lance,
The starting capacitor swap was a 2 minute job and the clothes dryer is now running perfectly.
You saved me a bunch - much appreciated.
Brendan

May 21, 2012
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Wiring of thermostats
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,
I was wondering if there was anything further on my enquiry about the wiring of the thermostats (April request)
thanks,

PhilipC

May 21, 2012
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Sirocco 550 switch or thermostat faultr
by: Tony

Hi Lance
Our Sirocco 550 has red lights on the front, but when I switch the smaller ON switch it just CLICKS and doesnt start at all.
The switch controller seems to be all ok, nothing looks bad in the wiring and no smells.
Could it be the thermostat. Is it difficult to get to the thermostat? and if needed replace it.
The front safety reset is not helping.

Thanks.

May 16, 2012
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Brendan melted part 4105
by: Anonymous

hi Brendan, The melted part is a starting capacitor. You can buy a new one on ebay, various sellers have them. Prices vary, about $15.
Make sure you get one with the 4 terminals,same as original, and also you need to check the voltage and rating of the original, to match it. It will be around 400volts and 8uf, from memory, but check to make sure. Please dont try to run the dryer with this melted capacitior in place, it can catch fire.
Good luck, hope this helps.
Lance in Brisbane.

May 16, 2012
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Sirocco 350 - Melted Part 4105
by: Brendan

Hi Lance,
We had a burning smell from the unit, have taken off the back cover and part No 4105 is melted. I'm not sure if this is some sort of starter motor? Essentially the drum won't start turning unless I tug on the (new) fan belt to crank it over, then it runs fine.
Can I buy a replacement part 4105? (It has 4 electric prongs on one end for connectors)
Cheers, Brendan

May 13, 2012
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Susan, Sirocco 455 not working door closed
by: Anonymous

hi Susan, The problem will be in the switch housing assembly, inside the hole that the door catch goes into. You will see a plastic panel with the red button in it, its held in by one screw. You can take the screw out, pull the assembly down a bit and carefully move it outwards. You will see it is held in now by 2 electrical terminal connections.Carefully remove the terminals with small pliers and remove the assembly. You may find its broken and the door switch is loose in there.
Its a typical failure with these dryers. Cheap plastic parts that do the job for a few years then fail. A replacement housing is about $15 on ebay. You have to transfer all the bits and pieces over from the old unit though.
Also please check if there is air coming out the rear exhaust vent. If not, replace fanbelt. See recent replies for instructions, cheap and easy to do. good luck.
Lance in Brisbane.

May 13, 2012
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Claire Sirocco 500 burning smell.
by: Anonymous

hi Claire, i would not try to use the dryer until you can get it dismantled including drum removal, and fully cleaned out inside the back. It can catch fire because there will be lint caught around the heater element. Also check if the fanbelt is broken by feeling for airflow out of the rear exhaust vent. If no air, belt broken or come off due to stretching. Broken fanbelt is usual reason for overheating in these. Good luck.
Lance in brisbane.

May 13, 2012
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Alisa sirocco 455 belt replace.
by: Anonymous

hi Alisa, please check if there is air blowing out the exhaust vent, at back of the dryer. If no air, then fanbelt is broken or stretched and come off the pulleys. Remove the long black plastic cover, rear of dryer, 2 phillips head screws (at middle and bottom of cover.) Fit the new belt over both pulleys, it should need to be stretched quite tightly to fit it.
if the belt was still ok, then mb the dryer needs a thorough cleaning out of all the lint inside. Sometimes can block up causing overheating. Also the lint filter must be cleared after each load, to prevent overheating. Good luck.
Lance in Brisbane.

May 13, 2012
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Sirocco bracket removal off wall
by: Anonymous

hi there, They can be a bugger to get off the wall sometimes. The bracket hooks in at the back, on each side, as you know.If you are lifting it and the bracket is moving as well, then its loose on the wall where its mounted.I would try lifting and pulling at one side at a time, to release it. You have to lift the dryer to unhook it of course.
Good luck, I think you are doing your best. Just keep on and it will eventually release.

May 13, 2012
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Simpson Sirocco Series 350
by: Anonymous

Hi There,
I have a Simpson Sirocco wall mounted upside down.
How do I get it down without busting the wall?
We have tried lifting up and pulling forward and it doesnt seem to come off.
However the bracket is like it is hooked in and moves when we lift up to unhook.
Please help,
Thanks
Sam

May 07, 2012
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Scraping noise /Johnson
by: Anonymous

it would be worthwhile to remove the back panel and thoroughly clean out the dryer inside. Also the drum should be removed, to check if something is stuck where the front rubbing surface runs against the rubbing pads. At the same time, clear away any lint that has collected around the heater element, for safety. You might need to buy a new set of rubbing pads, to get rid of the scraping.
Hope this helps.

May 07, 2012
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How do replace a belt
by: Alisa

Hi lance, my sirocco 455 has started to overheat and cuts out. I see others have replaced the belt as per your instructions. Would you please advise how I do this, thanks so uh for your help. Alisa

May 05, 2012
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Siricco 500 burning smell then cuts out
by: Claire

Hi lance, just purchased a sirocco 500 and I plugged it in and within 5mins could smell a burning smell, a couple of minutes later it cut out. Tried turning it off at the wall but then wouldn't turn back on, tried it the next day and did the same thing. Please help!!!

Apr 24, 2012
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dryer not working with door closed
by: susan

Hi Lance,

I have a Simpson Sirocco 455 dryer that only works if the door is open and a screwdriver or pen lid is put into the hole where the plastic clip normally goes when the door is closed. When the door is closed the dryer does not work. When the drum is rotating it is heating up but I have noticed no air coming out the back of the exhaust (or does this only happen a couple of minutes after the dryer has been on?). The plastic clip on the door does not look broken or damaged, or perhaps so much opening or closing of the door has made the metal bracket go back so the plastic clip is no longer reaching far enough into the hole when it is closed. Please help.

Apr 23, 2012
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350 Wiring to thermostats
by: Philip

Hi Lance, thanks for a great site.I was able to replace both belts and the cut-off plate on our Sirocco 350 thanks to your instructions. Unfortunately I think that I did not replace the wiring to the thermostats correctly and it only ran for a few minutes and then stopped tripping the cutout on our house meter board. The drum was also very hot which makes me suspect the wiring is wrong. Is there a diagram anywhere that I could look at to get this correct. What do you advise?

thanks,
Philip

Apr 22, 2012
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Scraping noise
by: Johnson

Lance,

Just bought a sirocco 500 for next to nothing on gumtree, it is making the scraping noise you mention. There any easy / cheap fix to shut it up? Works fine otherwise.

Thanks,
Johnson

Apr 08, 2012
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Sirocco 350
by: hris

15 years to month from manufacture and it died.
As a single person I used it once a week and it has been great.
Stopped working this week , no drum rotation but still heating. Pulled the fan pulley cover off and the belt had broken. If I turn the lower pulley the drum still turns.
Am buying new fan belt and planning on cleanining it out. Are there likely to be any other problems to fix and are the diagrams to show the disassembly method?
thanks,
Chris

Apr 04, 2012
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Sirocco 550 controller wiring fault - fixed
by: Peter

Just adding to the knowledgebase here - our Sirocco 550 had been randomly turning itself off for the last couple of weeks, needing the main power button on the front to be pressed to wake it up again. And the little red indicator light had become somewhat dim.

Today it failed altogether. So I UNPLUGGED it (!!), removed the controller cover panel (one screw each side of the casing, one screw hidden beneath the pull-off badge), removed the controller itself (held by four screws) and saw that one of the wires to the main switch had burned out. It had been connected to the controller by a small 'spade' push-on connector which wasn't reusable.

So I abraded the surface of the connection on the controller, soldered a new short wire to that, cut away the damaged part of the original wire, and used a screw terminal connector to join that to the new wire I'd attached.

Replaced everything (being sure there was no way any live wire could touch the machine casing) and reconnected at the wall.

Bingo, machine now runs and the red light it fully bright.

I suspect that the spade terminal had become a little loose and the resulting poor connection had caused the wire to heat and fail. But if it fails again I may just bypass the power switch altogether and turn it off at the wall if (rarely) required.

Great site here!

Mar 26, 2012
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Siroco 455 issue
by: Paul

Hi Lance. Good on you for offering this info.

Our 10yo 455 needed a birthday recently as it began cutting out after not much time after switching on. After spending a little time having a quick look I realised it was just the fan belt as there is a noticeable difference in sound when the fan is not operational. I removed the drum and cleaned everywhere (vacuum) as there was a lot of lint, even though we clean the filter after every use. Apart from that it is pretty good inside actually, no rust or stains etc. Motor and windings clear of grease or dust/dirt. I checked the heating element operation by turning the unit on and feeling for temperature and yes element working fine. Didn't bother with a meter. You could smell it heating up after about 15 seconds in fact. All the electrical connections I could see seemed in tact nothing loose etc. I was pretty happy that I'd covered most things so I put it all back together no probs.

Got a belt today and installed. Started it up and she ran nicely no noises, barrel spinning nicely, fan operating beautifully etc but I noticed that only cold air is coming out. I could not feel any heat at all even after 5 mins, feeling for heat around the inside of the barrel etc. On both warm and hot switch settings. Very strange 'cause I know the element is working (it gets VERY hot).

But then I consciously realised that there have a been a few occasions in the last dozen or so times we used it where the dryer did not seem to be heating or at least heating poorly but I am sure that the fan was operating those times because you can definitely hear when the fan does not operate which is why I was certain about the faulty belt even before I took it off the wall. Seems like Murphy, as usual, is on my case here.

I did not end up disconnecting any terminals when I did the service.

I did a search just now and came across your page. My feeling is that I now need to check the thermostats. Is it worth bridging the two at the back and seeing what happens? I have a DMM to check continuity. I am a radio technician actually but electrics often stump me believe it or not.

Any further comments would be appreciated. I'll let you know what it ends up being.

Mar 25, 2012
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Alan
by: Anonymous

hi there, Still could be faulty heater. I have had them test out fine when cold, but no good when hot.

Mar 23, 2012
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Sirocco 350
by: Craig

lance

Our dryer has an problem in that it intermittently heats. That is , sometimes when we load it heats and other times there is no heat at all.
I was thinking that it could be a problem with the two thermostats
All other functions are fine

Mar 20, 2012
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Sirocco 455
by: Alan

Thanks for your comment, Lance re access to the heating element.The symptoms were originally overheating and cutout. Realized blower drive belt was broken. Replaced and plenty of air flow now but no heating. I checked the element and it is OK at 32 ohms.

All else looks OK. Any ideas.

Thank you.

Mar 20, 2012
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Alan heater
by: Anonymous

hi there, Yes, drum must be removed to access heater. Take careful note of where the belt and tensioner goes, before removing belt.
Lance in Brisbane

Mar 20, 2012
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Sirocco 455
by: Alan

It seems to get at the heating element you have to remove the drum. Is this correct?

Mar 19, 2012
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Isaac 500
by: Anonymous

hi mate, Please trawl back thru my previous answers, to find the configuration that you have. Does yours have the twin idler pulleys, located just below the motor?
If single idler, then there is a spring from motor body to seam of metal dryer body. The motor rotates and acts as the tensioner on the drum belt. Rotating motor moves idler pulley closer in contact with the belt.
If double idler, then you put belt on drum, then gather the slack, then fit belt to motor shaft. You work the belt below the idler pulleys to fit to motor shaft (or you dont get enough slack.) When its on the shaft, then carefully pull one of the pulleys back and push one side of the belt up into place, repeat with other side. This has proven to be the easiest way to fit the belt to double-idler setups. I wasted a lot of time in earlier years, trying other ways to fit the belt to this setup. This way works fine, just need some care and patience.

Mar 19, 2012
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Simpson Sirocco 500, Replacing the drum belt
by: Isaac

I have been trying to replace the drum belt for some hours now and can't figure out the configuration for the belt. some configs are too loose and one is weird and very hard to get it on the pulley and motor wheel. I've searched everywhere for a diagram for this type but haven't found one. There doesn't seem to be a tension adjuster like most dryers.

Mar 18, 2012
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Simpson 350 dryer
by: AnonymousAmy

Thank you Lance i have been onto ebay & ordered the correct wall bracket,picked one up for $25.
Just wanna say what an awesome website & such quick responses with great advice.
Regards Amy.

Mar 18, 2012
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Amy 350 dryer
by: Anonymous

hi Amy,

You need to get the correct brackets to wall-mount this dryer. Check on ebay for the right ones to suit all Sirocco and earlier models, about $20.
Yes, you can mount the dryer upside down, no problem. Look at the back of the dryer, at the top or bottom edge of the backing plate. You will see 2 recessed slots, one each side. The mounting brackets fit into these slots. Also you need to fit the plastic spacer in the centre of the backing place, at bottom edge (which was origally the top edge). This keeps the dryer off the wall and allows it to sit squarely, also allows airflow to the intake slots. If you have the wrong bracket, like a Hoover or Fisher & Paykel one, this will not fit your dryer. Hoover bracket has something like a hook protruding at each end.
Also be careful when fitting the mounting brackets to the wall. if you just put screws through into gyprock or plaster, then the dryer will not hold, and could crash down. Ouch!
Hope this helps, good luck with it all.
Lance in Brisbane.

Mar 18, 2012
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Wall mounting
by: Amy

Hi Lance,
I have a simpson Sirocco 350 & want to mount it on a wall quite high,can i mount it upside down? If so because the top of the dryer is smooth how do i fasten the dryer to the brackets so it wont fall down when on due to it vibrating.

Mar 18, 2012
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Tammy 550
by: Anonymous

hi there, You need to fit the filter to the filter cover first, then press the filter & cover onto the spigot. maybe you have put the filter onto the cover the wrong way around?
If this does not fix the problem, then the spigot is damaged and needs to be replaced. It is bolted onto the back of the drum with 2 or 4 hex head screws. The screw heads are visible from inside the drum. The steel back panel of the dryer needs to be removed to replace this part. Cost about $17 on ebay, or more at your local appliance spares place.
Easy to fit.
Hope this helps.
Lance in Brisbane.

Mar 17, 2012
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Lint Filter falls off
by: Tammy

Hi there, I must congratulate you on a great website.
I have just pulled our Simpson Sirocco 550 off the wall and gave it a good clean inside and out, and replaced the belts and now for some reason when i go to click the filter onto the spigot at the back of the drum, it doesn't seem to grab any more. I'm sure I put it back the same way, but then again I'm wondering if i may have put it on back to front, is that possible as the diameter of the spigot seems narrower than the centre of the filter..
I feel I'm going slightly mad over this...

Mar 17, 2012
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Dernie
by: Anonymous

hi there, Obviously its an overheating problem, but you need to consider why its happening. Can be caused by a loose or broken fan belt. Check air outlet vent at rear. Is there a good strong flow of hot air coming out? If not, replace fanbelt.
If it runs ok for 30 minutes, then its unlikely to be a faulty heater element. But still a small possibility. Is the lint filter cleared after every load? This is important for airflow.
First step, check, replace fanbelt if needed, then see if the problem still there.
Lance in Brisbane.

Mar 16, 2012
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Sirocco 500
by: Dernie

Hi, my parents have a Sirocco 500 purchased new in 1998. They have a problem, the over temp cutout operates after about 30mins of running time and the drum inside becomes too hot to touch. The lint filter is cleaned, but the problem continues. Any ideas?

Mar 10, 2012
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Fran Siroc 555
by: Anonymous

hi there, Squeaking may be a loose fan belt. Remove the long black cover from rear of dryer. If the fanbelt is not very tight over both pulleys, then replace it. only less than $10 on ebay.
If still sqeaking, then remove back panel. see previous replies for detail about releasing the centre spigot, inside drum first. If nothing obvious, then remove drum belt and drum. May be something stuck in the space where the rim of the drum runs, or mb the rubbing pads are worn down, damaged.A few possibilities to check. Hope this helps.
lance in brisbane.

Mar 10, 2012
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sirocco 555 squeaking noise
by: Fran

Hi, my dryer is sirocco 555, starts to make squeaking noise about 30mins after running, no other problems, can i ignore it, or what can i do to fix it pls? thanks very much

Mar 06, 2012
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Terry,
by: Anonymous

hi Terry, yes, I would put a new heater in it. But before that, I would check all connections in the heating circuit, check any loose connections, overcooked wiring etc. But probably it will be a crook heater.
Lance.

Mar 06, 2012
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reply
by: Terry

seems to run from cold airing cyle fine, that still points to the heating element then?
Cheers

Mar 05, 2012
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Terry
by: Anonymous

hi there, I would say its probably the heater element, yes. Does it trip if you use the airing cycle from cold start, not after using the heater?
In using Airing only, you should select the middle position on the heat switch, not rely on the airing section on the timer (not accurate).
Hope this helps. Heaters are about $40 for these, might be some on ebay.
Lance.

Mar 05, 2012
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Sirocco 500 tripping circuit breaker
by: Terry

Hi, great thread BTW

So we trip our circuit breaker, but not straight away and it also trips just using the Airing setting. Drum gets hot, quite hot

looking at a new element?

any help appreciated, belt at the back new

Mar 03, 2012
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Rudi Sirocco 350 Instruction Manual
by: Anonymous

Hey Rudi, I have one, please text 0415280255 for details.
Lance.

Mar 02, 2012
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Instruction manual
by: Rudi

Where can I get an instruction manual for a Sirocco 350

Mar 02, 2012
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Nick 455
by: Anonymous

hi Nick, Thanks for your comments.
The problem with your dryer may be the door switch.
The door switch is mounted in a plastic housing that often breaks, rendering the dryer unusable - until you replace the housing. On closing the door, the protruding part on the door goes thru a hole in the plastic housing, which is mounted on the steel front of the dryer. (The protruding part operates a small switch, allowing the dryer to run when the door is closed and turns off when door is opened)The red button arrangement is part of this item. To remove the assembly, undo one phillips head screw in the plastic housing, then carefully pull the assembly out and down. Its a bit awkward to remove with the 2 wire connections, better to carefully remove them. The whole assembly is fairly fragile, being a cheap plastic item. Easy to break it while trying to get it out.
If its broken, you will see the door switch is not held securely anymore, it will be possible to move it back and forth, which is the problem.
You should be able to buy a new housing on ebay, a few sellers have them, price about $20 or less.
I buy most of my parts on ebay, various sellers.
The replacement housing will probably be a bare housing, so you need the bit and pieces from the original assembly, to put it all together. Keep the red button and spring, door switch - basically you need to keep everything except the broken housing. Hope this helps.
But maybe its not the door switch. If you find that the door switch is ok, then you will need to take the steel back off the dryer and check every connection, see if anything loose or burnt. Pls do clean out all lint and dust while you're there.
A good idea to disconnect the drum belt and remove the drum, clean away all lint and dust from around the heater element (a major cause of fires). Hope you are happily drying soon.
Lance.

Mar 02, 2012
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455 not working
by: Nick, Canberra

Hi Lance,
Great forum. thanks for taking the time to post all the useful info.

Our Sirocco 455 has stopped working. The timer is still ticking, but theres nothing else happening when I close the door and turn it on. Ive cleaned the lint filter and reset the red switch multiple times, but still nothing. I put a big load of towels in just before it konked out (I put that load on a few times before they were completely dry). I probably should have cleaned the lint filter before I put that load in. But now ive gone to use it again and its not working.

Ive taken the black plastic cover off and the plastic belt seems fine (attached to both ends and taught). Dont have a pair of long-nose pliers, so havent taken the metal cover off yet.

Any suggestions what it could be? Should I take the metal cover off and clean dust/lint out inside there?

Not sure if youve responded to a problem like this before - apologies if you have.

Cheers,
Nick.

Feb 20, 2012
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Not Heating
by: Anonymous

Hi Thanks for your time. There is good airflow. Belt is ok, recently replace. It keeps on running, but only blowing out cold air, then shuts off. Push the red reset button but the same symptoms occur. I've taken the back off but don't really know where to start or what to look for/test.Cheers

Feb 20, 2012
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Mark 550 no heat
by: Anonymous

Have you checked that there is good airflow from the rear vent? If little of no air, then fan belt is broken, see previous posts for replacement details. If not, what are the symptoms? Does it keep on running, but only blowing out cold air? Does it eventually shut off, trip the safety switch, red button pops out?
If its really not heating, the front panel of the dryer will remain cool, same for the top of dryer area. Maybe the heating element has failed, a bad connection somewhere in the heating circuit, several possibilities.

Feb 20, 2012
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Not Heating
by: Mark

Hi. I have a simpson sirrocco 550 which has stopped producing any heat. What would cause this? Thanks

Feb 20, 2012
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Steve 350
by: Anonymous

hi Steve, have you checked that the heat switch on front of the dryer is not defective? I have replaced a few of these. You might need to trace the wiring all through the heating circuit, including thermostats, to see if there is a faulty connection somewhere. Are you getting power to the heater? Maybe its a failed heater element? A few possibilities, but shouldnt be hard to find.

Feb 20, 2012
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Sirroco 350
by: Steve

Hi Lance,
I have a sirroco 350 which is not heating, the fan is working, do you know if it can fixed !
Regards,
Steve.

Feb 13, 2012
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Damien 350
by: Anonymous

The old fan belt will have stretched, thats why it came off. Best to just replace it now, thats what I would do. The new belt will be a very tight stretch-fit over both pulleys.

Feb 13, 2012
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Sirocco 500
by: Damien

I found the fan belt had come off the pulleys. Placed it back on amd works well again. Will order a new belt though in case it happens again. Really appreciate this forum and your assistance. Thanks for that.

Feb 13, 2012
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damien
by: Anonymous

Most likely it is the belt. If no air is blowing out the vent at the back, then the fanbelt is broken. See previous posts for how to replace it.
Cheap and easy to do yourself.

Feb 13, 2012
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Sirocco 500
by: Damien

Hi, My Sirocco 500 clothes dryer has stopped blowing out air and stops working after a few minutes after getting hot. The drum still goes around when it is on though. Is it the fan belt? Thanks a lot.

Feb 10, 2012
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Sirroco 350
by: Steve

Hi Lance,
I found the problem with my sirroco 350,it was the contact set on the electric motor which was sitting slightly out position,(probably my fault) causing it to cut out after a few seconds.
So the original problem still exists with the drier not heating at all, any clues on this problem,
Regards,
Steve.

Jan 30, 2012
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350 not heating
by: Anonymous

hi Cate, if you need to reset the red button, it means that the dryer is overheating and should be cutting out, stopping. usually it is caused by a loose or broken fan belt. Faulty belt means poor airflow, causing over heating. Remove black plastic cover on back to check belt. It should be a very tight stretch fit over both pulleys, to be ok.
Otherwise the red push-button itself may be faulty. Sometimes the plastic housing cracks and splits/breaks.
Other causes could be a faulty thermostat or loose connection somewhere in the heating circuit.
A few possibilities, but check the fanbelt first, they are less than $10 on ebay, fit yourself.
Good luck!
Lance in Brisbane.

Jan 29, 2012
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dryer not heating
by: Cate

Hi Lance

We have a Sirocco 350. Even on full heat the dryer is not heating but occasionally if you give the reset button a good press it will do so (this does not happen every time and it requires a very strong push of the button - my husband can do it, I can't). Can you advise on what you think the problem might be. My husband thinks there is no problem - just push the red button very hard every time you use the dryer.

Thanks

Jan 25, 2012
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Overheating 350
by: Anonymous

Usually it is caused by a loose or broken fan belt.
Can you check that there is plenty of air blowing out the vent at the back? If not, replace fan belt.
Its under the long black plastic cover on the back panel, easy access, 2 screws hold it. The new belt will be a very tight fit over both pulleys, you need to stretch it to put it on. Hope this fixes the overheating problem, please let me know.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jan 25, 2012
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Sirocco 350 overheating???
by: Louie

Lance, our 350 gets to an overheated condition after a few minutes of operation - cabinet gets very hot as well. When cooled down again, operates as normal on Neutral setting but half-heat and full heat seems to trigger the overheating. Machine stops but timer keeps running down.
Any clues?

Jan 18, 2012
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Sirroco 350
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,
Thank you very much for the advice you have given, this is a very helpful site & really apreciated, if I do find the problem I will let you know.
Thanks,
Steve.

Jan 17, 2012
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Sir 350 Steve
by: Anonymous

hi Steve, I think you got me with this one!
If you were in Brisbane I would have a look at it for you, just to help you - and mb I can learn something new as well. But I guess you're not.
Sorry, i ran out of ideas. These dryers are pretty cheap now on Gumtree or ebay, hope you can get another one at the right price.
regards Lance.

Jan 17, 2012
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Sirroco 350
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,
I took your advice & took the drier apart again, cleaned everything again, when I had the had the drum belt disconnected I ran the motor, once with the thermostats not connected & then with them connected & still the same result.The door catch seems ok to me & the drum spins freely,but for the short time that it does run for, it does sound like there's a bit of resistance !
Everything seems to be in place & moving as they should, so now Iam unsure as to what next ?

Regards,
Steve.

Jan 15, 2012
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JL 350 broken door
by: Anonymous

hi there, The plastic hinge cover is a weak point on these dryers. You can buy a new hinge cover on ebay, about $16. Easy to fit yourself. When refitting the door and refitting the 2 screws, make sure that the hinge cover is sitting flush against the body of the dryer. Its worth doing, if the dryer is otherwise in good working order.
Also its a good idea to replace the fan belt (located under the long black rear cover). These belts are about $5 on ebay, last about 3-4 years.
If the old belt can be fitted very easily over the 2 pulleys, then it has stretched and needs replacing, should be a very tight fit.
Hope this helps, happy drying to you.
Lance.

Jan 15, 2012
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Sirocco 350 - broken door
by: JL

hi Lance I have been offered a Simpson Sirocco 350 but apparently the screw holes on door have broken off, and when open, the door comes away. They said the dryer works well when door is located in position - what kind of $$ are involved in fixing the door? or should I give it a miss? thanks in advance - have been reading all the comments - you are amazing!! cheers jl

Jan 15, 2012
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Sir 350 Steve
by: Anonymous

hi Steve, It may be the plastic mounting for the door switch is broken. Door switch is operated by the catch,when u close the door. Sounds like its not an electrical problem - as you said, the red button is not popping out, and the earth leakage (safety switch) in your house is not affected.
When you refitted the back panel, did u make sure that the thermostats are connected correctly, and they have a firm connection?
When you open the loading door, can you slowly turn by hand the drum, clockwise? It should move freely, with a little resistance, but not tight, no jamming.
If it was mine, i would start again, go through every component to make sure its working properly.
Its a bit of a puzzle, hope u can find the solution.
Lance.

Jan 14, 2012
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Sirroco 350
by: Steve

Hi Lance,
I have a Sirroco 350 drier which wasn't heating, I took it apart looking for possible problems, hoping it may be something obvious & nothing really stood out to me, so I cleaned it & put it back together. Now it will only run for 3 to 5 seconds then stops, after about a minute it can be turned on again without pushing the reset button & the same thing, stopping after a few seconds. (the timer hasn't worked for some time & we start & stop it at the power point)have you any ideas on what the problem might be ??
Regards,
Steve.

Jan 09, 2012
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Thank you
by: Dan

Hi Lance,

I just wanted to thank you for all the information you've provided here. I was able to diagnose the broken fan belt on my Sirocco 350, completely dismantle and clean all the built up lint from around the heating element and all throughout the unit and put it all back together again.

The advice here has been invaluable, especially some of the little tips like the one about the little black locking plug/tab behind the lint filter to release the drum from the back panel and the one about the hidden screw under the logo on the front panel.

Just wanted you to know your help is greatly appreciated.

Regards,
Dan

Dec 24, 2011
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Emma setting up the drive belt on 350
by: Anonymous

hi Emma, Sounds like you need to take the back off and start again. Firstly, you don't need to undo the 4 screws in the centre fitting under the lint filter. In the very centre of that fitting, you will see a little plastic "tongue". You need to grab that with long-nose pliers and pull forward about half inch. This releases the plastic bearing from the drum (unseen). Next,turn the dryer over face down to work on it. Remove the back panel. Soon you will see if the tensioner and belt are correctly in place or not. Try to turn the motor by rotating the plastic motor pulley slowly. If the spring, belt and pulley are all correctly in place, then the drum should turn freely, driven by hand from the motor pulley.
Do you see the problem?
As you are standing facing the back of dryer that is sitting face-down, you need to turn the motor body to the right to release the tension, or to the left to increase it. So, with the drum belt in place, hook one end of the spring onto the motor, then stretch the other end to the hole in the centre-seam of the dryer base. Once done, check again that everything is working, before any re-assembly. Turn the motor pulley carefully by hand. The drum should rotate freely, under tension from the spring. Sometimes the drum will be pulled outwards a bit by the sring tension, this is normal.By hand, rotate the drum right around full circle, to make sure it is going to all stay together properly. If all ok, re-assemble and should work. Don't forget to refit the fan belt! (have done that myself). If you have a different type of tensioer than the one described here, scan back thru previous replies. I have left instructions for setting up all types. Good luck, Merry Christmas!
Lance in Brisbane.

Dec 24, 2011
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Sirocco 350 series - drum not turning
by: Emma

Hi Lance
This website of yours is great! Thanks to you, we were able to re-thread the drum belt onto the pulleys.
I originally replaced the fan belt at the back, and read online that it is best to open up the back and dust out around the element.
We've done that now, and re-threaded the belt, however the drum is no longer turning.
I'm not sure whether we've aligned it properly in the case, as it feels quite heavy and clunky.
We've pulled it open a few times now and tried but it just wont turn.
We did get some spin going when lifting up on a strange angle either from the bottom or a corner, but now - nothing.
I had to remove the 4 screws under the lint filter to remove the back panel (without removing the drum).
The jockey wheel is separate to the motor.
We also have to turn the motor a bit of a distance to the right to get a decent amount of tension on the belt. I'm wondering whether the drive belt is possibly old & over stretched? and whether just replacing this would solve the issue?
I did notice a burning smell on our last reassembling of the machine - which I've attributed to dust settling.
Do you think a new drive belt would sort this out?
Also, just on the drive belt, is it supposed to run on one side of the jockey wheel, or come down both sides of the wheel.
At the moment, the belt runs off the drum, onto the wheel attached to the motor, then up from there onto the jockey wheel and back to the drum.

Dec 11, 2011
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Andrew 455 overheat
by: Anonymous

hi Andrew, It would have said straight away that the belt was broken, but not...hmmm.
Take the long plastic cover off the back of the dryer and inspect the belt. It should need to be stretched quite a bit to fit over both pulleys, when refitting. if it is loose, then mb that is the problem.
It would seem not to be the heater element, as it surely is heating fine. The red button popping out is a thermostat, as you probably know.
Another possibility is restricted airflow inside the dryer, from a large buildup of lint and dust. Could be worth taking off the back panel to check it. To remove back panel, you first have to take off the lint filter, then , with long-noce pliers, pull out the centre plastic tongue of the central part of the lint filter holder. This releases the bearing from the drum.
Hope you find the answer, pls let me know.
Merry Xmas season to you also.
regards Lance.

Dec 11, 2011
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Simpson Sirocco 455
by: Andrew

Greetings. I have just purchased a used Sirocco 455 that overheats and stops after approximately 10 minutes and I have to press the reset button to start it again once it has cooled down. In fact it overheats so much that the top of the dryer is so hot you can hardly touch it. I have checked and yes there is warm air coming out of the back of the dryer when its operating. From that I'm assuming the fan belt isn't broken. If it was stretched could that cause the overheating and stopping of the dryer? Do you have any other suggestions or possible remendies. The person we bought it off is not interested at all in helping or refunding. Hope you can help and I wish you a very merry X'mas and new year. Thanks

Dec 07, 2011
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455 drum clunking
by: Anonymous

Sounds like either the idler pulley may be damaged or moved out of alignment. Or there is a centre bearing in the rear of the dryer. Its nylon. Eventually, these wear out and crack or break off.
You need to take the back panel off the dryer to check it. Spigot bearing assembly is available in ebay, about $15 - $20.
Hope it helps.

Dec 07, 2011
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Sirocco 455 drum problem
by: Anonymous

the drum sounds like its come of its mounts. As it rotates theres a clunk clunk sound and if i open the door and rotate it by hand i can feel it clunk in certain spots like its not centre anymore and fell of whatever holds it in place, has anyone experience this problem and fixed it, any help is much appreciated

Oct 25, 2011
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Overheating, noisy sound then stops
by: Anonymous

Hi there, I have a Simpson Sirocco 550 which one day decided to Overheat, make this really loud noise and then stops. Please help? =)

Oct 25, 2011
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Oh lord!
by: Mallory

Hello there, Lance.

I am a 16 year old girl, and I may have been incredibly stupid, and casually put my wet shoes into our Simpson Sirocco 455.

It stopped working, and had a burning smell.
I have yet to look at the back, but judging from the comments, it look like I've blown the Capacitor.

My mother knows, and well, is considerably pissed off with me. Don't blame her.

Do you know where I could possibly get one? Ebay is not offering me any help in relation to finding one.

Many thanks!

Oct 22, 2011
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Simpson Sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,

After taking the back off my dryer and cleaning it out, we can't seem to fit the new drum belt. It is the correct one but it keeps falling off like it is too big. Is there a chance you can help out? I have taped the belt to the drum but that's it.

Many thanks

Oct 14, 2011
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sirocco 350 Mick
by: Anonymous

hi Mick, The usual thing with these, the fan belt breaks or stretches ( becomes very loose). Then the dryer overheats and stops because of no airflow.
The red button inside the door needs to be pressed in firmly to reset the thermostat.
Check the fanbelt, which is under the longer black cover on the backing plate. Fanbelt should be a very tight fit over the pulleys. They are about $5 on ebay, cheap to replace.
Good luck, hope it helps.
Lance.

Oct 14, 2011
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No Power to Sirocco 350
by: Mick

Hi, my Sirocco 350 dryer stopped working the other day. Took the back off to make sure the belt was still attached which it was, cleaned the excess lint off but still no dice, absolutely nothing happens when you switch it on and turn the dial...any idea what the problem might be?

Oct 07, 2011
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burning smell Sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

hi there, You took the back off and cleaned out the lint. But thats only step one. You need to remove the drum and clean the lint and fluff that accumulates around the heating element. Otherwise it will still keep smelling burnt until you do this.
Good luck.

Oct 07, 2011
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Burning smell
by: Anonymous

I have a Sirocco 500 that develops a burning smell after about 5 minutes of use. I have taken the back off and cleaned out all the accumulated lint. The fan belt doesn't need replacing.

Sep 14, 2011
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A Massive Thank You
by: Sherie

Hi Lance,
Just a quick note to say thank you. The new capacitor arrived today (finally). My Dryer is all fixed and happily working again! And to think I was going to put it out in hard rubbish! Thanks a bunch!
Cheers,
Sherie

Sep 12, 2011
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Thank you Lance
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,

A big thank you all sorted and drying clothes as I speak.

Katherine :)

Sep 11, 2011
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Katherine - tensioning the belt
by: Anonymous

hi Katherine, Sounds like you have the type with the tensioning pulley built onto the lower rear side of the motor.
Before going any further, with the dryer face-down, door side down, try to twist the body of the motor (not the shaft) to right or left. It might be a bit stiff, but it should move. It is meant to pivot on its top and bottom mounts like that. This movement allows you to rotate the whole motor to the left and move the idler pulley closer to the belt, as you then refit the tensioning spring. (yes, its the spring you described that does the work.)
So, just to recap, with the motor body rotated to the right,you first loop the belt over the bottom pulley of the motor shaft, then put the rest of the belt around the drum, then carefully locate the belt on the idler pulley. Then hook the spring onto the motor, then stretch the spring to the left, to hook into the hole in the dryer casing seam. Stretching the spring to the left also moves the motor left, taking up the tension on the belt, as it engages on the idler pulley.
Hope you can make some sense of this. Sorry if I make it sound more complicated than it is!
All the best with it,
Lance in Brisbane.

Sep 11, 2011
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Thank you! Simpson Sirocco 350 - broken fan belt
by: Vee

Dear Lance. I just wanted to send my thanks for your advice on 28 July regarding "Vee - broken fan belt". We bought a new belt and once hubby finally took the dryer off the wall, we found the old one had stretched and popped right off. We replaced it and are happily drying some sheets right now. Thanks again.

Sep 11, 2011
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455 drum belt
by: Katherine

Hi Lance,

Firstly thank you for your time and info, it is much appreciated. I have read the instructions on the replacing of the drum belt but can't seem to work it out. If I put the belt around the drum and the metal pulley, then loop around the idler pulley as described I still have excess belt tension. I assume it has something to do with the tension spring you mentioned however the only spring I can see is attached between the casing and the motor but it appears to have no real purpose - how do I use this to tension the belt?
Thank you

Sep 10, 2011
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Simpson 10S - faulty heater
by: Anonymous

hi Claude. I would say that the heater has probably failed. Over a period of time they absorb moisture. As is begins to heat up fully, it will trip the safety switch - earth leakage. It will not be a problem that you can see externally on the element. You would need to use a multi meter to test for continuity, resistance and earth leakage.
A new element is about $40. You could probably buy a working second hand dryer on ebay (an old one) for same price.
Have you checked that the fan belt was still working, blowing plenty of air out the back vent? It's the most common failure on Simpson dryers.
I have plenty of good spare second-hand elements available here. Western suburbs Brisbane.
Lance.

Sep 09, 2011
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Sipson Maidry 10s
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance.

I too have the problem where my Simpson Maxidry 10s runs fine on cool mode but as soon as I turn the switch to warm or hot, it runs for about 5 minutes then trips the overload switch at the power board.

I have taken it apart and can’t see any breaks or cracks in the heating element.

How can I test if it is faulty?

Is it repairable or do I need to buy a new one which may not be worth it based on the age of the dryer?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Regards

Claude

Sep 09, 2011
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Noel - no heat?
by: Lance

hi Noel, Can you please check if any air is blowing out of the vent at rear? If no air is coming out, then it has a broken fan belt. This will cause the red button (thermostat) to pop out, requiring it to be pressed in again (reset).
If it has cold air blowing out the back at all times when running, then it sounds like the heater has failed, or possibly a loose or faulty connection somewhere in the heating circuit.
Usually when the heater is failing, it will heat for some minutes, then suddenly trip the earth leakage (safety switch). Sometimes it will immediately trip the earth leakage, not allowing the dryer to run at all.
Would be worth taking the dryer apart and checking the connections and electrically test the heater before replacing it.
Lance in Brisbane

Sep 09, 2011
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Simpson Sirocco
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,
Our Simpson Sirocco 500 (model 39S500)seems to have a heating element failure.
Our safety switch clicked off and when it was turned on again the dryer ran but produced no heat.
Are elements available for this dryer, could it be anything else and if the element has failed could it have caused other problems?
I don't intend to fix it myself but my mate is an electrician and he could do it.
We are in Melbourne.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Noel

Sep 07, 2011
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Capacitor - they can catch fire
by: Anonymous

hi Sherie, Wow! Your capacitor has really blown up.
Yes, it will be ok to use that replacement capacitor. Hope it goes well for you from now on.

Sometimes people try keep using their dryers after the capacitor has failed. They spin the drum by hand, then close the door quickly. Then the dryer will usually keep going. BUT the electrical current is still running through the failed capacitor, eventually heating it up to the point of catching fire. I have seen a few results of capacitor fires, and its not pretty. Generally when this happens the dryer is destroyed, wiring, motor and plastics all burned.
So people, when you hear that humming - please replace the capacitor, not keep using the dryer.
Lance in Brisbane.

Sep 07, 2011
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Capacitor
by: Sherie

Hi Lance,
Firstly Thank you for all the advise on here. I have previously replaced my spigot due to your shared knowledge.
My dryer just stopped mid cycle one day and has never worked since. I can hear the humming noise when the dial is turned but no function. Ive removed the back of the dryer and found that my capacitor has a split and dark grey matter that is dry and hard has oozed out. Ive looked for a replacement capacitor. Mine is a 400volt 8uf 50hz, the only one i can find close enough to that is 440 volt 8uf 50hz. Is it ok to use this slightly higher volt one? My dryer is a simpson sirocco 500.
Cheers,
Sherie

Sep 02, 2011
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belt coming off
by: LJ

Lance,

got the new belt to day $4.50 I think deliverred
from Ebay installed it and definitely tighter than the old one, perhaps the dryer was old stock. Any way working now so will keep an eye on it.


Thanks for the advice.

LJ

Aug 29, 2011
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Drim belt replacement
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the info it was a great help and made the job a lot easier.

Aug 28, 2011
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455 fan belt coming off
by: Anonymous

hi there, The pulleys don't line up perfectly, but usually this is not a problem. There is no adjustment for it. Buy a new belt, they are less than $10 on ebay now. You have to really stretch them hard, to fit over both pulleys. After fitting the new belt, run it without the cover on, to check that it will be staying in place. Then all should be good.
Lance in Brisbane.

Aug 28, 2011
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455 belt comes off
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I have a 455 dryer quite new bought from seconds shop in April and the dryer belt keeps coming off.
From reading your other comments it should be tight but is not. No problem I will get a new one
but my question concerns the pulley alignment and how to adjust it. The motor pulley sticks out further than the fan pulley which is not ideal, are they all like this or is it adjustable.

Thanks

LJ

Aug 08, 2011
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sirocco 550 Nic
by: Anonymous

hi again, I didn't notice at first that this is an auto-sensing dryer, with an electronic control panel. The regular problems with fan or heater or belts can still apply, but it looks like we have got these sorted now (maybe?). There could be a problem within the electronic control panel, where it runs for a certain time, one of the components in the panel overheats, then it stops. This would not cause the red button to pop out, as it is on a different circuit. I had this happen in a newer model Westinghouse dryer, and it was close to catching on fire, inside the front fascia panel.
It would be worthwhile to remove the fascia panel and have a close look at all the push-on connections to the control panel and all the elements in the printed circuit - at least what you can see anyway. The fascia panel is held on by 3 screws, one each end plus a hidden screw under the Sirocco 550 badge on the front. Just lever the badge off with a small screwdriver. Look for any discoloration, dark brown or blackened spots anywhere. Check all push-on connections are firm.
Please let me know if you find anything obviously wrong. It may not be a problem in the control panel, but certainly worth checking.
If you need to buy a new control panel, it may be cheaper to buy a good secondhand dryer on ebay or similar. I haven't priced a new panel for these.
Good luck,
Lance.

Aug 08, 2011
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Sirroco 550
by: Anonymous

Hi Lance,

Ok so Im getting a little annoyed right now with my dryer! I have replaced the heater element and the fan belt, it was a cheap part to replace so I figured just replace it. Now, the drum rotates, air is coming from the vent, the drum even gets hot (just on the inside of the drum around the inner edge, if that makes any sense?), the lint filter is clean. It still shuts off after running for 10 mins or so and still no need to push in the saftey switch (red light flashes on panel. im hoping this has given you enough info to help me fix my dryer as I said it means everything to me lol (especially with two teens who tell me at the last minute they need clothing!)
Nic

Aug 03, 2011
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Henriette
by: Anonymous

hi again, You can still check if any air is coming out the back. The airvent will be at the bottom of the dryer, since it is upside down now.
Most likely it is a broken fan belt. The belts are cheap on ebay, less than $10. Probably the hard part is getting the dryer off the wall brackets.
Usually one person each side, then lift and jiggle it around to release it. Do it yourself, probably the landlord will do nothing, just my advice.
Lance.

Aug 03, 2011
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Dryer
by: Henriette

Thank you for the quick answer :) No, actually I think the fan belt is broken, cause the dryer stops after just a few minuts, and the clothes are really hot. Do you think this is the case? We cannot check if it blows out warm air, cause the dryer is attached to the wall. I guess we'll have to ask the landlord to fix it.

Aug 03, 2011
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new lint filter
by: Anonymous

hi Henrietta,
You can buy new lint filters cheap, on ebay now. a few sellers have them. Just search Simpson lint filter. Hope this helps. is dryer working fine otherwise?
Lance in Brisbane.

Aug 03, 2011
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Lint Filter
by: Henriette

Hi Lance.

It seems like there is a whole in the lint filter in our dryer. Is this something that could be changed? Just recently moved in here, and the dryer were already here, so it would be amazing if we could get it to work :) Thanks a lot!

Aug 01, 2011
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Nic
by: Anonymous

hmmm, I'm a bit puzzled now. If you put the old fanbelt back on, without the cover, and watch it running, you will see if it is slipping or flapping around a lot. If it looks like it is still driving the fan pulley properly, then no need to replace it.
I thought the dryer was stopping due to overheating or a faulty heater element, but it does not seem so, from your description. Without having the dryer in front of me and systematically checking each component, I don't know the answer. Sorry.

Aug 01, 2011
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Sirroco 550 dryer
by: Nic

Hi Lance,

No need to press in the reset button after it shuts off after running for 10 mins! I thought this might have been the issue but thankfully not. There is air coming from the vent although it is cold air, I always clean the lint filter so I gether this is not part of my issue.
I have removed the belt from the back, it did come off with just a tug so Im hoping that this is the issue. After providing the extra informatiuon do you still recommend replacing the belt? if so do you happen to know the part number for it or even what size I need as I have been advised there can be a 2500mm or 2600mm?

Jul 29, 2011
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Sirro 550 Nic
by: Anonymous

Hi Nic, When it turns itself off after 10 minutes, do you need to press the red reset button, to get it to go again? I would be replacing the fan belt, easy and cheap to do, see previous replies for details. You say that the drum is getting warm or hot, so the heater is working. If the clothes are not getting warm, then there is no air circulating, it seems. But you say there is cool air coming out the rear vent...Is the lint filter clear?
Pls let me know if the fan belt fixes the problem, thanks.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 28, 2011
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Sirroco 550
by: Nic

Hi lance,

i have a sirroco 550 dryer and it no longer was drying the clothes so i replaced the heater element and its still not working. There is ar coming out of the vent although it is not warm/hot, the drum rotates and also reverse and gets warm, after about 10 mins it just stops and the clothes are still wet (not even warm).

From reading the forums on here, I have possible two things to replace, thermostat or fan belt??

Could you please advise on what I can do to fix my much loved dryer :-)

Jul 28, 2011
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Vee - broken fan belt
by: Anonymous

Hello Vee,
Can you please run the dryer, and check if any air is blowing out the vent at the back? If no air, then the fan belt is broken.
Its simple and cheap to replace. please check my previous replies for full instructions. Good luck!
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 27, 2011
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Simpson Sirocco 350 - Stops mid-cycle
by: Vee

My dryer made a strange noise (can't quite remember it - know it wasn't a bang) about 3 uses ago and since then it something seems wrong. It also makes more of a whirring and rattling sound than before. It also keeps stopping mid-cycle. I usually hit the re-set button, wait a bit, and then it will start up again. It might stop at least 2-3 times per cycle. The other thing I notice is that the lint collector doesn't seem to be collecting lint anymore. The dryer is at least 10 years old. Can you diagnose the problem?

Jul 24, 2011
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spigot nosie fixed
by: Anonymous

I have since applied a very very small amount of bearing grease over the spigot and the noise have disappeared. Thanks again for the valuable advice on this site. Thanks Lance keep up the great work.

Jul 20, 2011
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Spigot noise
by: Anonymous

Cheers Lance ..I will smear a small amount of grease and let you know how it goes. Thanks heaps for the reply.

Jul 18, 2011
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spigot noise
by: Anonymous

hi there, I have replaced plenty of these. There is no requirement to lube it, but I always put a small smear of grease on it anyway. Use only a very small amount only. I never had a noisy one, usually they either work quietly or they are broken from excess wear. Also make sure that you bent the metal flap right over, the one that covers the thermostats on the back panel. if this scrapes on the drum it can get very noisy.
Lance in Brisbane

Jul 18, 2011
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squeal noise issue
by: Anonymous

I have recently replaced the spigot kit and have a similar squeal noise after the machine warms up.
Question: Is there a requirement to lubricate the spigot assembly?
The original spigot that have worn away didn't have any signs of lubricant. I have totally dosmantled the unit and gave it a good clean. The noise is coming directly from the spigot assembly and only appears when the drum in loaded and warms up.

Jul 18, 2011
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squeal noise
by: Anonymous

hi there, Hard to know without seeing/hearing it.
You had it apart, so nothing is caught up in the drum or front drum bearing pads. It squeals when you turn the drum by hand also?
Strange that it takes one hour to start the noise.
If it was mine I would be completely dismantling it and carefully inspecting all moving parts.
Sorry I don't have the answer for you.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 17, 2011
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Simpson Sirocco 555 Squeal
by: Peter

Hi. I have a simpson sirocco 555 J02 dryer that makes a horrible squeal with each revolution of the drum. I have replaced the worn spindle hub/bearing assembly and the drive belts (drum and fan). Once it all goes back together it is fine for about the first hour or so and then the squeal slowly returns, increasing in intensity. Any ideas?

Jul 17, 2011
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venting kit, manual 350
by: Anonymous

hi there, I haven't seen any downloadable manuals for this model. There is some info on the Simpson website. Please check your local appliance repair/ appliance spare parts place for a venting kit to suit.
They used to be available for the older models, but that was years ago.
Sorry, not much help.

Jul 17, 2011
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Venting Kit for 350 and install advice
by: Robyn

Good Evening

I am wanting to know what venting kit fits this machine, and also if there is a manual anywhere for download you can recommend for this dryer

Jul 09, 2011
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sirocco 550, lights flash
by: Anonymous

hi there, Flashing lights is an error code of some kind, sorry i have no info on that. But it could be the result of internal overheating caused by loose or broken fan belt. First thing to check, fan belt. Details for remove/refit are here on other posts.
If its warm and clothes are not drying, then you have not hot air circulation inside the drum - fan not working i think.
If you only replace the fan belt, that might even stop the lights flashing.
You can check if the fan belt is connected by checking the air exhaust duct at the back of the dryer - no air coming out, broken/loose/dislodged belt.
Hope this helps.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jul 09, 2011
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Wendy- spring replace
by: Anonymous

hi there, Please scroll back to April 30, 2010 comment for details about refitting the spring.
Just re=reading it, please note that the belt fits through the middle of the tensioner arm (older type).

Jul 09, 2011
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by: Anonymous

hi Wendy,
Sounds like the belt tensioner spring.
Please check back on my previous replies. I have a detailed explanation for that somewhere. Hope it helps.
Sorry I havent been able to find it on the site. Could you give a some extra help with this issuse. It would be gratefully appreciated.
Many thanks
Wendy

Jul 09, 2011
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Simpson sirocco 550
by: Anonymous

Hi
My dryer is making a weird sound, after reading your comments, I probably need to check out the belt. But my other problem is that while it's going all the lights flash! It's still warm inside but the clothes aren't dry and it doesn't stop, just lights flash??

Jul 04, 2011
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power star rating for which model?
by: Anonymous

Might be better to check on the Simpson website.
Or look at Simpson Sirocco dryers on ebay, some still have the stickers on them.

Jul 04, 2011
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power stars
by: Anonymous

hi, do you know the power stars for this dryer??? thanks

Jul 03, 2011
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Thanks Lance
by: Morgz

Hi Lance,
I don't have any questions now, but i pulled apart the family's 455 and after a quick google i found this site. I must admit all the questions you have answered were very helpful to me. A massive cleanout and a bit of RP7 and no more overheating or whining.
Keep up your great work!

Jun 28, 2011
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sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

thanks for that lance - brisbane i will look it up on e-bay. hopefully i can then get my dryer up and running

Jun 28, 2011
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lilcam belt fitting
by: Anonymous

hi there. The belt needs to be stretched very tight, to fit over both motor pulley and fan pulley. All Sirocco, Eziset and earlier models back 20 years use the same fan belt.
Be careful not to hit yourself in the face if the belt slips off while fitting (my experience!).
The old belt will look longer because they stretch a lot over a period of time.
Hope this helps.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jun 28, 2011
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Fitting belt on Sirocco 455 dryer
by: lilcam48

Hi we have been told that all Simpson Dryers have the same belt (clear plastic). We have a new one for the Sirocco 455 but it seems to be too small. Any tips on how to fit it. Thanks for the great info on this site.

Jun 27, 2011
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Kay 500
by: Anonymous

hi there, I guess the lint filter holder will not stay in place, falling off when the dryer is running?
The replacement part costs about $15 on ebay. That is the easy part! You have to take the back panel off the machine, remove the drum to replace it.
The part also serves as the rear bearing for the drum. held in by 2 or 4 hex head small bolts.
I suggest you do not use the dryer without the lint filter in place, as all the lint collects inside the back of the dryer and also around the heater element - can cause a fire.
regards, Lance in Brisbane

Jun 27, 2011
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broken clips
by: kay

Sirocca series 500 model 395500


could someone tell me can this be fixed - at the back of dryer inside the plastic clips that hold the lint filter on have broken can these be replaced?

Jun 18, 2011
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Wendy 455
by: Anonymous

hi Wendy,
Sounds like the belt tensioner spring.
Please check back on my previous replies. I have a detailed explanation for that somewhere. Hope it helps.

Jun 18, 2011
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Sirocco series 455 PLEASE HELP
by: Wendy

Hi I have a Simpson sirocco 455 dryer.

We have just replaced the belt and also the hinge on it.
The problem we now have is that the spring has come off I think he said by the drum & he cant get it back on . I asked if he had the right hole & I got very (I know what I'm seeing look) can you please explain where & how he is meant to put it back on (before he breaks the whole machine completely lol)
thks for your time it is greatly appreciated
Wendy

Jun 17, 2011
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June 16 - 500 series anonymous
by: Anonymous

hi there, You had the same problem as Cathie.
Most likely the fan belt has come off or broken.
Remove the long oval black plastic cover off the back (2 screws). New belt is like $5 on ebay, or $15 at your friendly appliance repair place.
If the belt is off, then the dryer has no air circulation and will overheat quickly, popping out the red reset button inside the front of the dryer. This is a thermostat - reset by pushing in firmly.
New belt should be a very tight stretched fit over both pulleys. Be careful not to hit yourself in the face (eyes) with the belt if it comes off while fitting it. Hope this helps.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jun 17, 2011
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Cathie
by: Anonymous

hi there, Yes, you found the answer. if the fan belt is off, then the dryer will overheat and stop, as you described. Thburnt smell could have been the lint around the heater element getting scorched.
You can't get to it to clean it without pulling the drum out. Up to you whether you want to go that far.
Lance in Brisbane.

Jun 17, 2011
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Looks like I fixed it for now!
by: Cathie

Lance - I spent the day going through your answers to other people and I cleaned all the lint outof the dryer (after removing the back)as well as refit the fan belt which had popped off. It is a little yellow but quite tight. so far the dryer has been running for half an hour with no noticeable smell so I am happy! Thanks again and again for your information.

Jun 16, 2011
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Dryer smells of hot rubber and stops
by: Cathie

Hi Lance...Thank you for your amazing generosity in helping everyone. I can't believe I have found a forum like this. I have a Sirocco 500 dryer which seems to overheat and smells of hot rubber after about a few minutes working then stops. I wonder if it needs a need drum beltor if it is something more serious?

Jun 16, 2011
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500 Series keeps tripping
by: Anonymous

Our dryer keeps tripping out and stopping (something internal to the dryer) about 10mins into drying. It does not trip the house circuit breaker, but something in the machine itself. It will start again if I press the re-set button, but it will not keep going long enough to dry my clothes. Can someone please suggest what is wrong and how I may fix it?

Jun 13, 2011
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Hannah 455
by: Anonymous

hi Hannah,

Don't worry about the ticking, it is only coming from the timer. It has a mechanical timer (clockwork), so it ticks when in use.
But why the dryer not working?
Have you tried to press in the red reset button? Open dryer door, you will see the red button. Press in hard and release. Then try again to use the dryer as normal. Please let me know if this works.
Sometimes this happens if you do not clear the lint filter (in back of the drum, inside dryer).
Lint filter must be cleared after every load, or dryer will overheat and stop again.
Good luck!
Lance in Brisbane.

Jun 13, 2011
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Ticking sound
by: Hannah

My SImpson dryer Sirocco 455 has stop working and ticks.The ticking sound only happend when the timer is turned on but when it is on 0 it stops. it would rotate and dry but will only tick? what do you think is theproblem and what can i repair this problem myself?

Many ThankS Hannah

Jun 06, 2011
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No burning smell
by: Gus

To be honest, I wasn't that thorough & I'm not pulling it off the wall again just yet. If I smell any burning though I'll know what to do. Thanks!

Jun 05, 2011
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Gus 350
by: Anonymous

hi mate, Thanks for your kind words.
I hope you took the opportunity to remove the drum and clean around the heater element. The lint and dust that gathers there is the source of any burnt smell that may occur. If left to build up over a long period, it can catch fire.
Happy and safe drying,
Lance in Brisbane.

Jun 05, 2011
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Thanks!!
by: Gus from Sydney

Lance,

Just a quick word to say "thanks" for your generosity in sharing your knowledge with the rest of us noobs.

I have a Sirocco 350 and replaced the fan belt yesterday but decided to give the inside a good cleanout while it was off the wall. Unfortunately the drum belt slipped and I couldn't work out how to thread it. Your posts clearly talked me through it. Now I'm popular at home again :)

Gus

Jun 01, 2011
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belt tension 350
by: Anonymous

There are 2 variations on the 350. One has the jockey pulley attached to the side of the motor, other earlier type has the pulley on a seperate lever that slots in below the mounting bracket for the motor. Which one do you have?

Jun 01, 2011
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Tensioning belt drive on a 350
by: John

HI Lance

I have cleaned a simpson sirocco 350 and replaced the heater element. Everything seems oK but the belt drive has only one jockey wheel (plastic) that I can see before the belt sits on the motor drive wheel. Not enough tension - the drum wont turn on testing. How to install and tension the belt drive around the drum?

Jun 01, 2011
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brown liquid oozing !
by: jackie and Tracey

Hi Lance! Weird, isnt it?! It is wall mounted. I will do as you say, and keep you posted... thank you!

Jun 01, 2011
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455 - the dreaded brown slime!
by: Anonymous

hi there,
Really I never heard of this before. Was anything spilled on top of the dryer, and it seeped down through the fascia?
I would be removing the front fascia to have a look. It has a screw at each end of the plastic panel, on each side of the casing. Also need to prise off the siricco badge, as there is a hidden screw under there as well, to be removed. Also may need to remove the timer knob (pull outwards with pliers gripped in the centre, not at outer edges) Try first without removing the knob.
Are you using the dryer upside down (fascia at bottom of dryer as in wall mounted application) or normal, regular way with fascia at the top?
Its puzzling, because there would be nothing inside the dryer to cause this normally.
Pls let me know what you find, on removing the front fascia panel. I'm very curious.
regards, Lance in Brisbane.

Jun 01, 2011
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Brown Liquid oozing !
by: Jackie and Tracey

Hi there Lance,

We wondered if you could kindly let us know why our Simpson Sirocco 455 has suddenly started oozing a brown liquid?!! There is no liquid inside the drum, just dripping from underneath where the plastic fascia is attached to the metal dryer. It is quite runny, so I dont think it is oil. ANyway, we now have big brown stains dripping on to the floor! Can you help? ! We can't afford to buy a new dryer so we are hoping we can fix at home. Thank you!!!

May 31, 2011
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Brad 500
by: Anonymous

Thats good Brad. Happy to know that you got it all sorted now. I've seen a lot of dryers with that flap not bent back, so its a common trap.
Happy drying.

May 31, 2011
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Sirocco 500
by: Brad

All sorted Lance, a flap of metal protecting the back panel thermostat had been bent and was rubbing on the drum. Thanks for your help mate, saved me a few hundred dollars. Cheers, Brad.

May 31, 2011
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Sirocco 500
by: Brad

Hi Lance, after tightening all heating circuit connections the heating is now working. However after putting it all back together I've found that the drum seems to be rubbing somewhere, possibly where the lip of the drum seats at the front. There is a distinct metal on metal sound and there is a lot of resistance when I attempt to rotate the drum manually. Any tips appreciated. Cheers, Brad.

May 29, 2011
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Brad 500
by: Anonymous

hi Brad,

The idea was to bridge the wires that go onto the thermostat, when you have the back panel (with thermostat) removed and away from the dryer. I probably was unclear about that.
Would be worth running the dryer, to check if the timer is still rotating as normal.
Otherwise you're on the right track.
Lance.

May 29, 2011
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Sirocco 500 no heat
by: Brad

Lance you are right about the timer being electronic. Shows how often I use the thing!

My multimeter is a 15 dollar special from DSE so I can't check mains voltages with it. I guess my next steps will be to firm up all connections, check circuit continuities and run it again. Regarding bridging the back panel thermostat, is there any benefit in this given there is continuity across the terminals at room temp?

Cheers,
Brad

May 29, 2011
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Brad 500 timer
by: Anonymous

hi Brad, I'm pretty sure the timer on the 500 Sirocco is an electronic one, not clockwork/mechanical. You can check, just see if it is type of timer which controls both the time and the heating - no seperate control on the fascia for heat selection. If it is not mechanical, then no ticking.
I'm not sure if the timer can be otherwise working fine, but stop the heating.
Lance.

May 29, 2011
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Siroco 500 No heat
by: Brad

Thanks for the quick response Lance.

Actually I just noticed your response to another poster about the timer, where you mention that the timer is mechanical and should continue ticking down when power is removed. My dryer has been taken off power but I can see that the timer is not ticking down.

So at the moment, the dryer motor runs when the timer switch is rotated to any time point, but there is no heat and the timer will not count down. Is it possible for the timer to be faulty in such a way that the motor runs but the heating circuit doesn't?

Cheers,
Brad

May 29, 2011
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Brad Sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

hi Brad, I would be checking all connections related to the heating cicuit. Maybe something loose, a burnt wire somewhere. It may even be a faulty timer, as the heating circuit runs through the timer.
I would remove the back panel, remove drum, then make temporary connections to bridge the thermostat wires.
Taking care that the wires are not going to short when you run the dryer. Run the dryer like this, then check if you have volts at the heater. Your own safety is of prime concern, so don't attempt any electrical testing unless your competence is equal to the task. If you have power to the heater, then obviously the heater is faulty. If no power, then trace the circuit back to a point where there is power. This will lead you to the answer.
Please let me know what you find; I'm really curious about this one!
Hope this was some help,
Lance in Brisbane.

May 29, 2011
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Sirocco 500 No heat
by: Brad

Hi, this website is a great resource.

I have a Sirocco 500 which will not produce heat. The heating element has continuity (about 30 ohms) and the back panel thermostat resistance is about 0.07 ohms. The heating failure was preceded by a burning smell but I can't find any obvious signs of this. The drum and fan spin as normal. I'd appreciate any advice on this. cheers.

May 28, 2011
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455 dryer not switch off
by: Anonymous

hi there, The timer should keep ticking until it switches off, regardless of whether the dryer is switched on or not. It is a clockwork timer.
About half of all the Sirocco dryers I get to repair have faulty timers, so its a common failing.
They cost $50 on ebay, a couple of sellers have them. Easy to replace yourself, first grab the timer knob carefully with pliers and pull outwards to remove, then remove 2 screws, one each end of the plastic fascia panel, and also must remove a hidden screw. You need to prize the sirocco badge off with a screwdriver to reveal the hidden screw.
Then pull the fascia forwards slightly then lift up to release it at the bottom edge. Then all comes out forwards, as far as the wiring will allow.
R & R the wiring as found, R & R the timer into the fascia, and refit everything carefully. Hope this helps,
regards Lance in Brisbane.

May 28, 2011
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Dryer doesnot switch off
by: Anonymous

We have a Sirocco 455 and the dryer does not automatically switch off. We have noticed that the timer no longer makes a ticking noise what is the cost of a replacement timer switch and is it a simple job to replace?

May 12, 2011
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Sirocco 500
by: Anonymous

Can anybody please tell me how to fit the tensioner spring so the drum drives

May 11, 2011
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Kelly 500 door
by: Lance in Brisbane

Hi Kelly,
Can be 3 possibilities for the door not staying shut.
First one, the little nylon catch on the door itself might be broken, check it.
Second, the safety switch that the door catch latches onto, on the dryer, might be broken internally.
Third, the plastic door hinge cover, on the right-hand side of the door might be broken.
First one is easiest to fix, just buy a new catch, available on ebay or any appliance parts place has them, cheap, about $8.00. Simple remove/refit.
Second one, you can also buy the new replacement plastic housing on ebay, about $12.00. It is an awkward thing to remove from the dryer. Undo one screw, then carefully wrestle with it, detaching the 2 connecting wires when you can reach them. If you buy the bare housing, you need to carefully remove the switch and thermostat, and replace all the parts, in the right order. Fiddly job, don't start on it unless you are sure this is the problem, as sometimes the old housing will break when you try to remove it - brittle plastic.
Third one, new plastic hinge covers also can buy on ebay, about $15. They usually break or crack where the two screws go in, top or bottom. When refitting, be careful to make sure the hinge cover is sitting squarely in place before screwing up tight - or it will break.
If there is another reason why your door not closing, please let me know, I'm always happy to learn something new!
If you are not confident to replace the door safety switch, please have it done by a qualified person. Safety always. Other 2 options described are mechanical, not electricals needed.
Good luck with all that, hope its a quick and simple job. Pls let me know if this helped.
regards Lance in Brisbane.

May 11, 2011
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Sirocco 500
by: Kelly McClure

Hey, Saw this site and almost died with relief. Your comment about the door made so much sense. I have a 500 and the bloody door wont stay shut. If i jam a chair up against the door it keeps working. Is it a simple part which i can buy to fix myself?

May 02, 2011
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David 350
by: Lance

hi there, Smoke can be caused by lint collecting around the heater element, then catching fire. Or a short that causes burnt wiring. Either way, dryer should not be used until it has been completely dismantled and inspected for safety.
It still runs, so not a shorting problem. Have you checked the fanbelt? Remove the long plastic cover at rear. If the fanbelt does not stretch tightly over both pulleys,then replace it. Faulty fanbelt will cause overheating and red button (thermostat) to pop out, all stop.
Even if a new fanbelt fixes it, I strongly recommend that you take off the back panel (see previous posts for details) , remove drum, and check for burnt lint around the heater element.
Please let me know what you find.

May 02, 2011
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Sirocco 350 might be dead
by: David

Hi Lance. Great site you have here.

My 350 has been working fine, then one day there was a puff of foul-smelling smoke and it stopped working totally. Not even the timer worked. Now, after pressing the red button it starts up, but only rotates, I can't hear any fan at all.

May I ask your thoughts on the matter?

Apr 30, 2011
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FIXED!
by: Anonymous

yep, it was a dodgy element! Swapped with the one from older 350 and all is well.. Also done big cleanup inside, worth the time spent.
I now have a few bits leftover from the old 350 (motor with mech. speed control, therm switches, etc..) if you're interested I can ship them to you (free of charge, for the good work you're doing for us).. you can reach me at "luigim at frontline dot com dot au). Regards, lm

Apr 28, 2011
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Luigi
by: Anonymous

hi mate, You can easily check if its the heater or not, without disconnecting the switch. Just run it with the switch in the central position (cold).
Should keep running then, with no heat.
Sorry, I don't know of any wiring diagram for it, on the net. I don't have one either.
All the best for safe and successful repair.

Apr 28, 2011
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350 trips RCD
by: Anonymous

Thanx Lance,
I've also spoken to an elec. engineer friend who said the same thing about the element + moisture plus, according to the ebay seller, the machine had been stored in the garage for some time (very possibly collecting moisture). So, it looks like I know what I'm doing this weekend!
Perhaps as a further bit of advice, I intend to disconnect the element at the LO/HI heat switch and see if the problem stops and and then do a full stripdown anyway.. it would be really great to have the electric diagram, do you know if that's available somewhere on the web? Regards, lm

Apr 28, 2011
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Luigi 350 RCD trip
by: Anonymous

hi Luigi, Thanks for your kind words.
With your dryer, it is most likely a faulty heater element causing this problem. I have found the same symptom with many Simpson dryers. Also check your fan belt, as it may have stretched and not engaging the fan pulley properly. Fanbelt will not cause this problem, but worth checking anyway, common problem. If belt has gone yellow or loose-fitting on the pulleys,then replace it while you are replacing the element. (The heater element should be kept dry at all times. Do not wipe down with wet rag, do not spray with spray n wipe. Absorbing moisture kills the element.) Cost is about $40 for new element, check ebay. I buy most of my parts online from Allfix Electrical. Hope this helps, pls let me know if any further info needed.

Apr 28, 2011
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350 trips RCD
by: LuigiM

Hi Lance,
just found this forum and I'm totally blown away by your willingness to help us common mortals in our dealings with these simple but, at time, devilish machines! May the Man-in-the-Sky bless you a 1000 folds!
I'd appreciate your opinion on this one..
My "new" (ebay) 350 runs ok for 2-3 minutes (Spins, Heats, Blows) and then it trips the RCD in the switchboard (only tried twice because it's a real pain having to reset all the digi-clocks around the place!).
Before I take it apart (I've read your 30/4/10 entry and most of the rest) what do you think I could expect inside, fried rat/possum? Too much moisture or water? Some "leaking" components? Have you ever come across such symptom?
Thanx in advance
Luigi in Melbourne


Apr 21, 2011
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sirocco not drying
by: Anonymous

Thanks very much for the advice. There is no air coming out so I think it is probably the fan belt. Will be looking to replace it and hopefully will sovle the problem.

Apr 20, 2011
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sirocco not drying
by: Anonymous

hi there, It sounds like the fan belt is broken, or the heater is not working. To check fan belt, run dryer and feel if air is coming out the exhaust vent at the back of dryer. No air, belt broken. Remove large black plastic cover at rear. The new belt ($10 on ebay) will be a tight fit, need to stretch it to fit over both pulleys.
Also while you're checking the air coming out the rear vent, if its coming out, see if it becomes warm or hot after 5 minutes. If you have good amount of air coming out, but no heat, then consider replacing the heater element.
I recommend you get the old element tested by a qualified electrical serviceman before paying out $40 for a new one - if you think that's the problem. But fan belt is the simplest and cheapest likely problem to check first of all. Pls leave a message back if this helped to fix the problem. Thanks.

Apr 19, 2011
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Simpson Sirocco not drying
by: Anonymous

Hi there, my Simpson sirocco dryer goes through the cycle but does not dry my clothes completely. At the end of the cycle, clothes are still damp and there are beads of moisture on the dryer door. The lint filter is clean and pressing the red button to reset it doesn't work. Do you know what is the problem?

Apr 04, 2011
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Cath
by: Anonymous

hi there, It sounds a bit puzzling. #1 The fan belt might be loose, but still doing enough to blow some air out the back. If the dryer is 5years old, then the fan belt will be stretched and not working properly by now, if its still the original belt.
#2 The lint filter might be blocked, do you clear it after every load?
#3 The heater element might be faulty. Sometimes a faulty element will heat fully, and then cause the dryer to shut off like that.
I would do the easy one first, replace the fan belt, then see if it cures the problem.
If not, I would be taking off the back panel, pull the drum out and see if all looks ok, clean out everything, especially around the heater element.
If you know somebody with electrical abilities, they could check the element for continuity and correct resistance. It would be a pity to buy a new element (about $40,) then find its not the problem.
There may be other causes for this problem, but I'm just giving the most commonplace likely ones here. Good luck, hope its a simple fix.
regards Lance.

Apr 04, 2011
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Kay
by: Anonymous

hi there, Have you tried to reset the safety switch on the dryer? Press in the red button firmly and release. Button is on front panel, open door to see it. But why did the safety switch go off? It is caused by overheating, usually due to the lint filter inside the drum not being cleaned, or otherwise the fan belt may be loose or broken.
Check fan belt by removing the long black plastic cover, on the back panel of the dryer.
Hope this helps. (To check if fan belt is broken, run the dryer and check if any air is coming out the rear vent). regards Lance.

Apr 03, 2011
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Simpson Sirocco 450
by: Cath

Hi there, this is just a fantastic forum, thanks so much for all your wisdom - brilliant!! I do have a question about my 450, seems to be the same problem as another member, but I could not find your answer. Our dryer is 5-6 years old and it is going for about 10 - 15 minutes, then shuts off due to extreme overheating. Just before this problem started, something must have become stuck around the drum as it was making terrible scratching noises. My husband took it off the wall and had a look the belt at the back, then we tested it again and the object seemed to fall away somewhere else and stopped the scratching sound. However now, this new problem has started. It is still blowing air out the back, the cold dry is working fine, the drum is turning. Any ideas - could it be that we need to take it apart to find that object? Thanks so very much for your help! Cheers, Catherine

Apr 03, 2011
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350 not working
by: Kay

Hi

I've got a 350 and it has been working until recently. When the timer's turned on we can hear the timer ticking but the actual machine itself doesn't start turning and heating like it's supposed to.... should I just get rid of it and replace it with a new machine?

Thanks a lot

Apr 01, 2011
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simpson sirocco 455 manual
by: linda

does not anybody know where I can download for free a manual from my dryer ? all the sites I found are asking for payment. regards

Mar 14, 2011
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Jess 450 problem
by: Anonymous

hi Jess,
Couple of possibilities. Have you checked that its blowing plenty of air out the rear vent while running? If no air coming out, fan belt broken.
Broken belt can cause overheating and dryer will shut off. Press in the red reset button hard, then restart after replacing belt.
If the element is faulty, the dryer will cause your home safety switch to go off. It will happen usually before the dryer has fully heated up.
I think the problem is likely to be broken fan belt or faulty heater element. Probably not thermostat.
Are you in Brisbane?
hooroo from the guru!

Mar 14, 2011
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Problems with our 450
by: Jess

Hi lance, aren't you the guru on dryers! Just a quick
Question. Our 450 is cutting out the power at our house after a couple of mins of use. Ive read many of your posts but can't seem to find a similar issue but am thinking it could be the element or thermostat? How would I determine which one or could it be both?

Mar 07, 2011
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sirocco 500 drum belt refit
by: Anonymous

hi Mike, Thanks for your question. Having the twin spring-loaded idler pulleys makes this the most awkward of all dryers to refit the drum belt. I have done lots of them but never easily.
Please read it all right to the end before starting, as some details may be out of sequence.
You can try this way - Put the belt on the drum first, making sure it is sitting at the correct level on the drum. You will see the rub mark on the drum where the belt was previously running. Hold the belt in place by taping it to the drum in several places with masking tape. Then check that you have enough belt to loop over the motor pulley.
Feed the belt under the twin idler pulleys, not through the middle of them, avoiding the tensioning effect. Get the belt onto the motor pulley, thats the first objective. With the belt on the motor pulley, hold it there with one hand, while feeding one side of the belt up between the idler pulleys. Do the same with the other side of the belt. Its bloody awkward to say the least, but thats how it works for me. When you have everything in place, turn the fan pulley of the motor, to check that the belt will run without coming off. A good idea to rotate the drum this way by hand from the motor, thru full circle, to check belt has not twisted and is running in the right position. Oh, remove the tape holding belt to drum before turning the motor! A twisted belt is the worst thing at this stage, because you could put it all back together, run it, then the belt flies off and you have to start again!
Good luck mate, hope it works. Remeber the old saying " You Can Do It!!"

Mar 07, 2011
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Simpson 500 how to get drive belt over drum and back in?
by: Anonymous

Hello there. I have taken apart my Simpson 500 and replaced the back band to which was the problem, but took the whole thing apart. Now I can not get the drive belt on the drive motor and around the drum at the same time. Any sugestions on sequence and tips? Cheers Mike

Mar 04, 2011
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Eve Sirocco 350
by: Anonymous

hi Eve, Open the dryer door, you will see a large white round plastic cover on the back of the drum.
It has 2 holes in it, for grabbing with finger and thumb. Pull outwards to release it. You will see the lint filter attached to it, for cleaning. It should be cleared of lint after every load, or dryer will run too hot and stop. When running, does it blow plenty of air out the back vent? (black plastic outlet) If no air, then the fan belt is broken and must be replaced. Its a very common problem on these, cost about $10 on ebay for a new belt.
Hope this helps.

Mar 04, 2011
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Sirocco 350
by: Eve

Hi Lance,

We just got Sirocco 350 from a thrift shop, and i don't know how to clean the lint filter. I can only see a round plastic with square holes which I do not want to detach from the drum as I may break it. Can you tell me how to do it. Cheers.

Feb 25, 2011
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