Question about Whirlpool Washing Machines
For this model washer there are two pumps. The pump on the right hand side of the washer is the DRAIN pump, while the pump on the left is the recirc pump (as viewed from the front of the washer). The easiest way to access the pump(s) is to either tilt the washer backwards and work from underneath, or remove the back panel. I usually remove the back panel, AND work from underneath, If something is caught in the pump, be prepared that you may have a damaged pump that requires replacement. To replace either pump follow these steps:
1. Unplug the washer.
2. Remove drain hose from the standpipe at the wall, and use a shop vac to pull a vacuum on the drain line to suction all the remaining water from the wash tub. There is quite a bit of water that remains in the wash tub that needs to be drained BEFORE removing any of the drain hoses (this is normal, by the way). Not draining the washer can be a very messy experience.
3. With the water drained, disconnect the electrical connections from the pump and loosen the mounting screws that hold the pump in place.
4. Remove the hose clamps and disconnect the two drain hoses from the pump.
5. With the pump removed, inspect the inlet side to see if anything is lodged in the impeller. Inspect the pump for any obvious signs of damage. It is common for nails, screws and drill bits to get caught in these pumps as small items like this will fit through the holes inside the wash tub.
6. Reinstall pump using the steps in reverse order. If the pump does not function, you will have to replace it.
A replacement pump can be ordered on line at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your COMPLETE model number (usually located along the wash tub opening) and the pump(s) will be located under the "Pump Parts" heading as either item number 1 (drain pump - part #W10049390) or 4 (recirc pump - part #8578573).
I hope you find this information helpful. If you require additional assistance, please let me know.
PS You can find these same pumps at repairclinic.com as well. The drain pump is a little more in price, but the recirc pump is listed a lot cheaper. Use the part number listed above for your search.
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Feb 11, 2015 | Whirlpool Washing Machines
Hello terilym - From what you have described it sounds like you possibly have foreign objects such as coins or safety pins in the tub or pump. I suggest unplugging the washer and carefully check the tub and to verify that the drum is also not damaged. If noise continues after washer is restarted, objects may be in the actual pump. Contact a professional to accurately diagnose and repair the unit.
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If its rattling check the drum for anything
caught in it.Washing machine noise is not only annoying, it can also be a sign
of serious damage. When armed with a few tips, you can determine what problem
may be causing your washing machine to rattle, and what you can do to stop it.
Check for drum bearing failure if your washing machine is noisy on the spin cycle. Drum bearing failure is common when the bearing seals start allowing water to enter. You can take the belt off and spin the drum by hand, and if the drum rumbles, replace the bearings.
Turn the drum by hand and listen for loud
noises. If the drum itself is split or the 'spider' is corroded, broken or has
come apart from the back of the drum it will create a loud noise on every turn
of the drum. (When the bearings have gone bad, the noise is constant the entire
time the drum is spinning.)
Look for obvious dents and creases in the
drum or look for coins or small objects stuck inside the tub underneath the
drum when a horrendous noise is made while clothes are in the tub.
Clear the water pump from obstructions like
coins or small objects when a noise occurs while the washing machine is
Remove the sump hose and look for bra wires
if you hear a light scraping noise when the drum is turned by hand. You can
also check to make sure a wire isn't poking out of one of the holes in the
drum. In this case, you can pull the wire out easily with pliers.
Take the belt off and run the motor alone if
you hear a high pitched squealing noise to check for motor bearing damage or
wear. If you still hear the noise without the belt, it's the motor bearing.
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Jul 15, 2011 | Whirlpool Washing Machines
• Check the drain hose and make sure it is not plugged or kinked • Check the electrical connections at the pump and make sure the pump is
running. • Check the drain pump filter for foreign objects • If the above does not correct the problem replace the pump
The motor control unit senses a suds lock condition by analyzing the current draw on the drive motor. If "Sud" is displayed a potential suds lock is detected. This may signify a bad pump, an extra heavy load, excessive detergent, or excessive suds.
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