A few weeks ago my 9-10 year old Kenmore washing machine started leaving brownish black stains and streaks on some of my clothing. Not every load -- maybe every 2nd or 3rd load. I cleaned the machine by running a hot cycle with bleach, then a hot cycle with vinegar. Things seem better and the stains are lighter but it still happens. It also seems to be noisier than usual during the spin cycle (though that might be my imagination after reading all the posts about bearing failure.
Is there a simple way to tell if the bearings are bad without shelling out the $70+ for a service call? If they're shot, what are some reliable and affordable models you would recommend for replacement.
FYI -- the machine receives relatively light use (averaging 2 loads a week) so I would have expected it to last longer under those circumstances.
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I would seriously consider getting a newer machine. A brown stain could be rust, or an oil leak. Either way it probably is not worth putting any money into. If this helps, please rate my answer. Thank you.
Run the hottest & fullest cycle possible - without a load - and add a grease remover - like goo-gone. Fatty tissues build up inside the tub - and can be released on hot cycles if HOT wasn't used very often.
It is recommended to run a HOT load every 2 weeks or so to avoid these buildups and staining of clothes.
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hmmm..let's see..sounds like you have some residue accumulating from something possibly seeping into the tub. That can be old rubber, a metal sheath, or even an leak of lubricant. Like an old car, there are parts of every mechanical device that need to be attended to.
I'd recommend you find the most seasoned person that works on older machines, to come by and assess what is 'leaking' on your clothing. Grey comes from something metallic or rubber/plastic.
Hope you can solve this one, and keep that old machine happy.
check the basket of the machine for rust spots on the basket if thats the case the basket should have a 10 year warranty depending on the age marks are either caused from that or the dryer. if its frigidaire the dryer then the front seals probably need to be changed make sure to find out exactly which machine its coming from