CLUNKING NOISE - SOMETHING TRAPPED BETWEEN INNER & OUTER DRUMS?
When removing clothes after wash I noticed a clunking noise - thought it was a coin or similar in the drum, but nothing there. When rotating drum by hand it feels as if it is running over an obstruction once or so every rotation. Haven't run it under power since.
I assume there is an outer and an inner drum - is it possible for something to get trapped between the two drums?
If so, is it a DIY job to remove the item, or should I give up and get a professional in?
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Yes, there is something trapped between the inner and outer drum, you could try removing the sump hose from the bottom of the drum, this will give you more room to fish about than possibly removing the heater. If you do remove the heater, you may not get it back in, then you will have to fit a new one.
The sump hose is the large hose fastened to the bottom of the outer tub.
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Probably a coin or something in between the 2 drums being thrown around. You will have to remove it somehow if it is as it will damage the drums. First check for any loose parts in the case that may just be knocking around and then try and see if you can see anything in between the drums by useing a light and looking through the holes in the inner drum. If you see anything that should not be there it will need removing. May be possible to get it out by removing the lower drain hose from the outer drum, the door seal if a front loader or the heating element. Start with the easiest to remove first.
Could be a broken Hub Spoke, My Kenmore broke at the spokesand bearing e.of drum, Sears replaced all parts as the were still uder warrenty. Less than 10 years old, would have been over $1,000 cost otherwis.
It's very difficult to advise on a noisy washing machine because you can't describe noises accurately enough. People often describe the same noises quite differently.
Generally though, if a washing machine is rumbling, and noisy on spin, the main suspect is the drum bearings. Drum bearing failure is common on washing machines due to water getting into them if the drum bearing seal fails. To check for drum bearing failure you can take the belt off and spin the drum by hand. If the drum rumbles when spun then the bearings have probably gone.
Another drum bearing failure symptom is excessive up and down play in the drum which can be checked for by lifting the drum up and down from the drum lip behind the door seal. A further symptom of drum bearing failure is a brown rust patch underneath the washing machine and down the back of the outer drum, underneath the drum pulley (where the belt goes) There are usually two small holes at the back of the drum bearings where water that has got past the drum bearing seal trickles out, and it's usually stained with grease and rust.
Other causes of a noisy washing machine are coins and other obstructions inside the water pump. This will cause noise when the washing machine is emptying the water. Coins or other obstructions can get trapped between the outer tub and the inner drum. This would produce a lot of noise on spin as they coins get tossed around inside. Usually, spinning the drum by hand will not reproduce the noise in the case of coins as the coins drop to the bottom of the tub when the washing machine isn't spinning.
A light scraping noise when the drum is turned by hand is usually a bra wire trapped between the tub and drum.
A high pitched squealing or harsh noise can be motor bearing wear. This can also be checked for by taking the belt off and running the motor alone.
A knocking noise can be a loose tub weight. This would be worse with heavy loads and would not be present on spin with no washing in. This is because the knocking noise is caused when the tub (or outer drum) shakes about on spin. Without washing inside the drum the tub doesn't move. Another symptom of a loose tub weight is grey concrete dust under the washing machine.
It's very tempting to ignore noises while the washing machine is still otherwise working. Some noises can be ignored as they will not develop into serious faults. Other noises, if left, will cause extensive damage and can end up costing considerably more than if tackled early or these days writing the washing machine off. Of course the problem is that you can't tell which of the categories a noise falls into - so ignore them at your own risk.
Could be something like a bra strap between the inner and outer drums. need to remove the agitator and inner drum to investigate and remove.
Could also be a bearing in the drive gearbox, if this is the case the machine is not worth repairing as the box is sealed and not serviceable.
probable that the bearings have collapsed. remove back panel.undo wiring to heater and stats and make a note of where it goes. remove back plate of the tub assemby held by a clamp right round. drum andback plate then come out complete. take off pulley and put back bolt in shaft. tap bolt and you should be able to knock drum from backplate. you can then check bearings. you will need to replace bearings, lip seal and backplate seal.parts are not too expensive. check also condition of journal lip seal runs on. this must be in good condition.