The washing machine is draining, but didnt go into spin at the end of the usual cycle, and now isn't going around at all. We have cleared the drain to check there isn't anything there - there was a penny caught in it which we removed, and reassembled. We did go into the back to check the hoses further in, and cleared them - just a little bit of gunk nothing much, but still the machine isn't going around. Any ideas would be welcome!
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OK, first remove the rear access panel. You will see a drain boot going from the tub to the pump. You will need to remove that boot and inside is a filter that you need to clean out. Reassemble and run a load and let me know what happens.
It's very difficult to advise on a noisy washing machine because you can't describe noises accurately enough. People often describe the same noises quite differently.
Generally though, if a washing machine is rumbling, and noisy on spin,
the main suspect is the drum bearings. Drum bearing failure is common on
washing machines due to water getting into them if the drum bearing
seal fails. To check for drum bearing failure you can take the belt off
and spin the drum by hand. If the drum rumbles when spun then the
bearings have probably gone.
Another drum bearing failure symptom is excessive up and down play in
the drum which can be checked for by lifting the drum up and down from
the drum lip behind the door seal. A further symptom of drum bearing
failure is a brown rust patch underneath the washing machine and down
the back of the outer drum, underneath the drum pulley (where the belt
goes) There are usually two small holes at the back of the drum bearings
where water that has got past the drum bearing seal trickles out, and
it's usually stained with grease and rust.
Other causes of a noisy washing machine are coins and other obstructions
inside the water pump. This will cause noise when the washing machine
is emptying the water. Coins or other obstructions can get trapped
between the outer tub and the inner drum. This would produce a lot of
noise on spin as they coins get tossed around inside. Usually, spinning
the drum by hand will not reproduce the noise in the case of coins as
the coins drop to the bottom of the tub when the washing machine isn't
A light scraping noise when the drum is turned by hand is usually a bra wire trapped between the tub and drum.
A high pitched squealing or harsh noise can be motor bearing wear. This
can also be checked for by taking the belt off and running the motor
A knocking noise can be a loose tub weight. This would be worse with
heavy loads and would not be present on spin with no washing in. This is
because the knocking noise is caused when the tub (or outer drum)
shakes about on spin. Without washing inside the drum the tub doesn't
move. Another symptom of a loose tub weight is grey concrete dust under
the washing machine.
It's very tempting to ignore noises while the washing machine is still
otherwise working. Some noises can be ignored as they will not develop
into serious faults. Other noises, if left, will cause extensive damage
and can end up costing considerably more than if tackled early or these
days writing the washing machine off. Of course the problem is that you
can't tell which of the categories a noise falls into - so ignore them
at your own risk.
Sounds very similar to having something such as a sock or small article of clothing that is too large to be sucked down the drain hose into the pump. So what happens is it hangs around between the inner and outer drums and sometimes gets itself lodged over the drum drain hole, and can allow water to be centrifically flung over the top of the drum. Most times when the spin cycle stops, the article of clothing will dislodge and float around inside the drum only to do it again later.... If you can remove the top of the machine, you can usually see the gap between the two drums and use a piece of coathanger wire with a small hook on the end and "go fishing in the area between the two drums and close to the drain hole location... bet you'll find something in there... Let me know how it goes... and if I can help .. ken
LETS check the DRAIN MOTOR PUMP it could be clogged , open panel of washer to access inside , look for a small motor with 2 hoses connected to it , take it out , clean it , re install and try it again , hope this helps AJ
Does the drum turn during the wash cycle?
When it comes to the spin cycle does it go through to the end without the drum turning?
It sounds like it could be the motor needs new carbon brushes.