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My washing machine is tearing or ripping my close when it washes why?

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  • moretank Jun 23, 2009

    My washer is tearing our clothing I don't do big loads and we checked with our hands for sharp objects and don't feel any

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I will assume that this is a top loader?

The spindle in the middle most likely has excess play. Grab the center spindle and see if it moves up and down. If so, it will need repair or replacement. If you aren't up to tackling this yourself, you will have to find a local repair shop. You can attempt repair yourself if you have basic tools and an afternoon free, and are at least slightly mechanically inclined. Remove the belt and the drum to access the spindle mount. Check the mounting bolts and make sure they are tight. If the bolts are tight and there is still excessive play, the drum will have to be replaced.

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If your washer has developed a bad habit of snagging and/or tearing your clothes; before tossing your washer, try these few tips:

1) Check, by hand, the smoothness of your washer. Look for any broken fins or roughness on the basket surface. Replace, if necessary.

2) Reduce the size of your loads. Heavy, cramped loads can cause a lot of friction which leads to tears.


3) Reduce the amount of bleach used. Bleach can eat holes in clothing.


4) Verify water level is not too low, especially during rinse cycle, where snags are more apt to occur.


5) Consider placing delicates in a garment wash bag


6) Front load washers have no center agitator, so they are less likely to tear clothes.

could be that theres something inside the washer that isn't supposed to get in there, maybe metal got in with the clothes, do step 1 with great detail and care to find out if theres something sticking out, careful not to cut your hand.

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If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

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