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Washer started to smoke during spin cycle then a cracking noise began after that.

When a got the cloths out of the washer they had a smoked smell. I got the washer on test mode "t14" to test the spin speeds then a loud clacking noise can be heard when the spin speed reached the maximum.

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  • Roman Garcia Jan 07, 2013

    This machine is a front loader GE Adore Washer

  • Roman Garcia Jan 07, 2013

    Can the noise be cause by faulty bearings?

  • B.H. Countryman Jan 07, 2013

    Yes it could be bearing related. Does the spin basket seem to have play in it? Will it move seperate from the tub itself? Stick your hand in at top of tub push up. If there is obvious play your bearings are shot.

  • Roman Garcia Jan 07, 2013

    There is really not much play. Could the bearings had caused the smoke inside the tub?

  • B.H. Countryman Jan 07, 2013

    If very loose the basket could rub against the tub and friction could possibly cause it. But it really doesn't seem likely. However for the life of me i can't imagine another explanation.

  • B.H. Countryman Jan 07, 2013

    Just found this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljww37etY...

  • B.H. Countryman Jan 07, 2013

    One of the commenters below the video even said his smoked.

  • Roman Garcia Jan 07, 2013

    Thanks for your help, I think I will have to take it apart to find out. I will let you know my findings.

  • Roman Garcia Jan 08, 2013

    I am back to report out my findings. I took the washer apart only to find that the Spider arm was broken. This caused some damage to the front tub. I called GE consumer relations and they offered the part at a discounted price. I am looking at a total cost of $300 for Parts no labor since I will be doing the job. Do you recommend going for this repair? Also, should I be concerned about replacing the bearings? Thanks for all the help and advice!

  • B.H. Countryman Jan 08, 2013

    Well i'd definitely replace the inner and outer bearings if i was spending money on the spider arm. I would expect the bearings are messed up from the movement of the tub not running true, and it's hard to say what failed first bearings or spider arm. If your machine is 4 yrs old (like the guy in the video) and it has served you well with no major problems but this, then it might be worth it to fix. Also check prices; my experience is that you can often find parts for about half what equipment manufacturers charge. You will need the model # from inside door (usually.) Try searspartsdirect.com or appliancepartspros.com even eBay.

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You may just have a defective drive belt. The motor itself will smoke under certain failing circumstances. Can you give me a model # ?

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  • Roman Garcia Jan 07, 2013

    GE Adora WHDVH626 Front Loader

  • Roman Garcia Jan 07, 2013

    I checked the belt and there is no visible sign of wear and tear. The smoke came from inside the drum.

  • B.H. Countryman Jan 07, 2013

    Can you easily spin the tub? It should coast to a stop, no noises should be heard.

  • Roman Garcia Jan 07, 2013

    yes, I am able to spin the tub using my hand. There is really not much of a noise.

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