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I have a Hotpoint WMA46 washing machine that it is very noisy

I have disconnected the belt and it appears that it is the drum which is causing the problems as when it is spun it sounds noisy what could the problem be and would this be economic repair?

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  • fixer444 May 11, 2010

    How old is the machine? It could be the bearings or spider arm in the drum which is a serious problem. Of course it can be done...........depends on the age of the machine.



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It sound like the main bearing at the back of the drum, you can get them for aroung £50 but an engineer may want a lot more. If you have had the machine for more than 5 years i would look at a new one.

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Hotpoint wma46 drum bearing failed

The drum sits on a shaft, just like the front wheel on a car. There are 2 bearings, one each side of the drum housing. Usually the inner bearing water seal fails and the bearings begin to rust, causing it to become noisy. Once the water is that far, its not long until the outer bearing goes. At some time in the process, you will begin to get a water leak from the rear of the drum that will get progressively worse.

You can change the bearings and I work with professionals who claim that they can have a drum out, bearings swapped and back in within 45 minutes. I've never got it down below an hour and a half on a machine I know well and you will need, if not SPECIAL tools, then a tool of some description to knock out the old bearings that are pressed into the drum. This is a job for the hardened DIY enthusiast and a pig of a job if you've never done it before.

Bearing sets cost (depending on the machine, the supplier and how many you buy) around £25 in the UK (About $40). Calling out a guy to do the job will easily quadruple that cost (He will probably come with a refurbished drum, swap it out and then take yours away to refurbish).

With this information, you now have to ask yourself if it's worth the effort on a machine that may be reaching end of life anyway.

Typically, the noise will get SCARY and the water leak annoying long before the machine actually fails to work. My advice would be take this as notice that your machine is about to go to the scrap yard in the sky and start looking for a replacement before it croaks on you at an inappropriate moment.

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Belt fitting on a Hotpoint WMA46

These belts are difficult to fit.
They appear to be too small, but they are in fact a stretch belt, so their is no adjustment provided on the motor itself.
The best way to do it is remove the back panel as you have done, remove the top cover also.
The with someone's assistance, tilt the washer away from you at the rear, getting someone to hold it for you.
Put the belt round the motor pulley first, and start feeding it round the drum pulley, slowing turning the pulley as you do so, the further you get it round, the tighter it will become.
Just keep going, and the belt will go on, watch you don't trap your fingers in the process. If it slips off, then start again.
Good luck
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It is the main drum bearings that is causing the noise.
There is no provision made for lubrication.
It can be done as a DIY fix, but it is a very involved repair, as it means having to remove the whole inner workings of the washer,
Not a task I would recommend unless you know what you are doing, and feel competent to tackle it.
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