Wednesday 7 April 2010 2.54pm
Our washing machine did an identical thing about four months ago. We were insured so the engineer came out for nothing.
However, I reckon the filter is blocked on your machine which is why it is doing this - that's all that was wrong with ours.
On the front of the machine at the bottom, the plastic should come off (just pulls off). Underneath is a round plug-like thing for you to undo. I am 99% sure that the contents inside is blocked with hair/coins. If yours isn't on the front, it will definitely be somewhere on the machine - check the manual out. If you haven't got the manual, Google the model name/number and you'll get a PDF which will show you. You could find an engineer a similar way, but I don't know any good ones so can't recommend one.