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Drum won't turn

Hi, I have a hotpoint WF 440 washing machine... the drum seems to have stopped rotating, very hard to turn around with hand.... checked belt and that seems to be OK,, got some movement after that, done a small wash..thought all was OK but it failed to finish and all the lights were blinking...i disconnected the power...What could my problem be? thanks Pat.

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  • stanthony198 Jan 22, 2009

    Thanks..Danromoarris, I had a feeling it was the bearings alright! do you think it would be cheaper to buy a new one against repairing it..my machine in about 4-5 years old allways on the go! Thanks. Pat

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You probably have a big problem. I found this problem a lot with front loaders when I worked for Sears as a repairman. The sales people always tell you that you can wash like 15 pairs of jeans in these or 20 towels or what ever. That couldn't be further from the truth though. If your drum is not turning and it is hard to turn by hand most likely the bearings in the drum are shot from the loads that have been washed. If you turn it and it is hard or makes a grinding sound then the bearings are the problem and you will need a new bearing kit. When you open the back you can see that there is a 3 armed adapter that holds the drum in place. This is the bearing kit. If your loads have been heavy then the bearings will start working over time and start to wear out faster. A lot of people will say that they didn't think that they were doing that heavy of loads but you have to think of it this way. With a front load washer all the weight is weighing directly on the bearing and it is a lot when filled with water. What you may not think is a large and heavy load may be one. That is really the only thing that I can think that the problem is. I hope that it isn't because it is a pain to change out. If you have any other questions let me know. I love to help and that's what I am here for. Good luck.

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    Dan Harris Jan 22, 2009

    I would suggest pricing it out. It might be more beneficial for you to but a new machine just for the fact that it is a pain in the rear to fix that. When I did it working for Sears we would need two techs to do it and it would take a good 4 hours. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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