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Whirlpool (WFW8300SW) Front Load Washer heavy vibration

Have a 1 yr old front loader. Over the past 3 months, its become louder and louder, when spinning there is a loud banging coming out of the right rear (it seems).

Machine is level and firmly sitting on floor. If I push in on the right side or top, it sometimes goes away. It feels like something (of plastic, not metal) might be hitting the inside of the case.

This happens no matter how heavy or light a load is run.


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  • willie999 Jan 12, 2009

    Same problem. Repair guy said new bearings and inner tub. Repair exceeded the cost of the washer. Sorry.

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    I have the same problem with WFW8300SW, machine isn't even a year old. Repair man was here Feb.16, 2009 said machine needs a new tub. As of Feb. 27 they can't seem to find one. Part may ship March 6, from who knows where. I will NEVER buy another Whirlpool product!!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    Heavy vibration and shaking. I found a copy of the Whirlpool service manual and disassembled the washer. The cross arm that supports the drum at the rear had a broken arm. Additionally, it has rubbed a hole through the front of the washer tub. Total cost for repairs from online parts sources is about 350.00. Whirlpool knows of the problem as per a phone conversation with their service line. No resolution from them. Good luck to all. Don't buy the Duet Sport Washer (WFW8300SW02)

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catriver
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SOURCE: Whirlpool Duet Washer

dc, drop the front bottom panel and make sure the 4 shocks are connected to the tub and bottom panel, then check the front and rear counterweights. They may have loosened up. Remove back panel or top to check the rear counterweight. The top removes by removing the 3 screws in back and it slides off. If all this checks ok then I would suspect the rear bearing wollowing out. Catriver..post back.

Posted on Apr 02, 2007

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SOURCE: Whirlpool washing machine

check that the machine ramps up to spin speed reasonably and distributes the clothes- ie doesn't spring straight up to spin speed. if this is ok then the fault may well be the shock absorbers located at the bottom of the machine and going from base to tub. check also that the counterweights are intact

Posted on May 09, 2007

Coldcut
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SOURCE: Whirlpool LHW0050PQ Front Loading Washer VERY NOISY during spin cycle

remove the top access panel 3 screws in top rear.
now look around and push on the drum from top
it has suspension shocks and springs like your car they should resist any movements.
look/wiggle the concrete balance blocks , no cracks or loose.
inside the tub are the arm solid /not loose.
run it with the top open what do you see/hear and where
look under the rubber flap in front did anything get under the tub

Posted on Mar 04, 2008

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SOURCE: Whirlpool Duet Washer (GWH9100LW1) Bangs Loudly during spin

I have a Kenmore which is the same as the Whirlpool. I dismantled the unit, it was only 3 years as Sears stated its was not under warranty. Upon review the stainless steel tub tripod assembly which is connected to the flywheel was cracked in three places which caused the knocking and vibration. Even though the warranty states lifetime on the Stainless steel drum, there is a ploy on words as the failure was not the stainless steel, so these machines are good for the scrap heap as the cost to replace the parts is more expensive than a new washer.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

t00nz
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SOURCE: Vibration during spin cycle - "walking" across floor

Front loaders are prone to vibration problems. Don't want to go into the technical details of why, but it's important that they're placed on very solid surface (preferably concrete), and checked that their feet have been adjusted so that the machine is level. Unfortunately, most people don't have a concrete pad for their washer. The next option to consider is to provide dampening of the vibrations. This can be done very simply as this one fellow demonstrates. The main thing to keep in mind with this solution is that it is merely trying to dampen the vibrations. Don't be too forceful in your own solution (think lightly touching the top of a vibrating tuning fork with your finger to stop the tone).

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