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Washer makes such a loud noise when it spins and moves

When the washer spins the noise lever is so bad I can hear it upstairs. It is located in the basement and it has done this from the date of purchase on 7/14/2008. It also vibriates so bad we have to push in back in place. We have had it checked by the service man several times and it still does this. All they keep saying is that it shouldn't do this. I want to put it up stairs but will never be able to. I would not recommend this this machine to anyone.

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Hi, From what you describe, this is a problem I have seen before.
This machine has a bad bearing in the transmission and will soon fail completely.
This is usually cause by it being improperly installed and not setting level, which causes it to be unbalanced, jump around with bad vibration.
Being used this way has damaged it, which is the loud noise you are hearing.

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