Cleaning the Samsung WD0754W8E / WD0804W8E Front Load Washing Machine Debris Filter

The washing machine displayed an error today in the middle of a wash cycle: error 5E.

I looked it up in the manual, and it seems to indicate the debris filter has to be cleaned. I was already previously aware that that debris filter had to be cleaned regularly as a matter of maintenance, but just haven’t gotten around to doing it.

Now I had to. So, consulting the manual there are a couple of steps to do:

1. Opening the filter cover
2. Opening the emergency drain cap and draining the water out.
3. Unscrewing the debris filter cap
4. Cleaning the filter
5. Putting things back

Step 1 gave me a bit of trouble. The filter cover did not easily open. I used a flat screw driver, and eventually the filter cover relented.

The draining step of step 2, took quite a long time. So, I guess you just have to be patient. After about an hour or so of draining, the flow became very weak.

The long drain time could be because the machine was about to start its spin cycle after the wash. I am unsure.

The third step was wasn’t as simple as I had hoped. The debris filter cap didn’t want to turn left just by hand, so I had to resort to some tools again. It gave in when I used a wrench to tackle it. It was easy from there.

And then after I got the debris filter out, I saw the accumulated gunk that was clogging up the filter.

I also found a key that I had lost in the washing machine a couple of months back.

The machine is now working again, after putting it back. Maybe the filter cover and the debris filter will open easier in the future. I put back the debris filter cap just by hand.

Samsung WD0804W8E
Samsung WD0804W8E

For proper maintenance, the manual recommends:
1. Performing ECO Drum Clean. The manual doesn’t recommend a frequency, but there is an ECO Drum Clean indicator to look out for.

ECO drum clean indicator
ECO drum clean indicator

2. Cleaning the debris 5 or 6 times a year. Or when 5E error occurs.
3. Cleaning the water hose mesh filter once a year. Or when the 4E error occurs.

I didn’t cover all the maintenance items that were in the manual. I selected those items that I think are the most important.

I mentioned two models of the Samsung washing machine in the title of this post. I think they are both very similar and I have used both, and I think the instructions work the same.

Who has most to gain with XP’s April 2014 end of life?

I think this is the crucial question. And the answer has to be Microsoft and its OEM partners, who are asking everyone to buy new hardware and a new OS. They will throw around arguments about security and vulnerability. It all just seems to be just the way for these big businesses to scaremonger ordinary computer users to part with their money.

If Microsoft were really concerned about ordinary folks, and not just about themselves and their OEM cohort, they can make a release of Windows 7, or 8 or whatever, that’s streamlined to run capably on the sort of modest hardware that XP is able to support. But what we get is just the opposite trend, of irrational increasing demand from MS’ new operating systems for more of precious RAM, HDD and computing resources. The new MS’ operating systems are competing for precious resources instead of making most of it available for the user’s apps.

The trend for hardware to become faster and bigger is good and we should all benefit from it, but if the OS is filled with bloat and just uses up most of it, then whatever hardware performance giveth, the OS takes away.

We are all fortunate to have Linux as a free alternative OS, but some of us are stuck with Windows because of the existing apps we already have in place. So, for me, I will continue with using XP, and I will ignore the scaremongers. I will welcome April 2014 happily and am gonna stick to XP for as long as MS does not offer a real viable alternative. I’m keeping my shields-up: firewalls, and anti-virus and I am gonna be a vigilant user.

Bill Gates had a reputation for being an excellent coder in his day. During college, Bill Gates and Paul Allen wrote a full BASIC language interpreter in assembly language for a computer which had only 4000 bytes of memory. They wrote it on a PDP-10 running an Intel 8080 emulator.

As much as Operating systems are innovating in terms of fancier UIs, and it seems they won’t stop messing with it, there should be a revival of old best practices in programming–making lean and tight applications and systems.

But maybe those old values just don’t jive with certain self-centered business interests. After all, who will buy the new massive laptops and PCs if end-users can still run their important apps on modest hardware.