how easy / difficult is it to change rear drum brgs on a Hotpoint WM A54 washing machine? I have done this on a Zannusi some years back. I have only just noticed the noise the other half says she has heard it but not as bad as now. There are no leaks visable yet.
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sounds like the damping system is the problem. The drum may have moved out of place or the damper(s) have become faulty in some manner. I used to have a hotpoint washer that tried to destroy the room it was in by travelling around it after the drum had fallen off its mounts. I bought a new machine, my thinking being that there is no point in taking a risk of having a real disaster if I set it to wash and then go out.
Bosch / zannusi / siemens make good machines
All outer tubs on most Washing Machines these days are sealed.
Therefore you cannot split the tub to get inside and change the bearings. instead you have to change the whole tub assembly as a complete unit. Not an easy job.
THE SOUND YOUR HEARING IS THE REAR BEARING BETWEEN THE STATOR AND THE DRUM. IF YOU'LL PULL THE BACK PLATE OFF THE WASHER IT'S PROBABLY STARTING TO GET A LITTLE DRIP RIGHT ABOUT NOW TOO. BEARING COSTS AROUND $20.00 OR SO AND IS RELATIVELY EASY TO CHANGE. YHE EASIEST WAY TO MAKE SURE IT'S THE BEARING WITHOUT PULLING IT OUT AWAY FROM THE WALL IS OPEN THE FRONT DOOR AND SEE IF YOU CAN SHAKE THE DRUM UP AND DOWN AND SIDE TO SIDE.
sorry but not the job i would recommend to anyone not done or watched it done before
its about the most difficult job to do on any machine, even though in my 20 years experience this is the easiest machine to do a drum bearing change on, most of the machine has to be stripped down, removing all the front panel / timer panel / door seal and drum front / drifting out the old bearings fitting the new ones and rebuilding the machine, not counting testing for and rectifying any damage the drum has done to the rest of the machine and surrounding parts,
good luck if you attempt it, sorry
Does the drum turn during the wash cycle?
When it comes to the spin cycle does it go through to the end without the drum turning?
It sounds like it could be the motor needs new carbon brushes.