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Help repair whirlpool GHW9250 ML1

My wife and I own a whirlpool front loader since about 2005 (GHW9250ML1). We have 2 problems: 1--it leaks from below the door--it's a slow steady leak, particularly during washing and spinning cycles. 2--the tub spins somewhat unevenly and VERY loudly with bumping and scraping. This is particularly notable during the spin cycle and we are unable to have the spin setting any higher than "low" because it is so loud and sounds like the machine might come apart. It still is functional and I'd like to get it fixed. Any diagnostic suggestions and most of all, would these repairs be something a fairly intelligent "do-it-yourselfer" might try to tackle? I already know I need a new "outer tub" because the rim of this is broken nearly the whole way around. I suspect I need a new shock absorber and well as springs but not sure what else to look for? Would appreciate any assistance.

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  • rmbpac Mar 01, 2008

    I appreciate you guidance. sounds like the cost/benefit of repair over replacement lends itself to replacement of the entire unit. If I'm looking at ~ $900 in parts before I even address the leaking front door (which started before spin problem), till I have the parts and labor to repair both of these issues, I'm looking at more than what I paid for this unit new.

  • rmbpac Mar 02, 2008

    Does that require that the whole rear tub (with bearing) be replaced? I have a repair guy coming on Tuesday to look at it. By my warranty papers, the tub should be covered (It's about $500) but still have to pay for labor!

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I have the GHW9250 Duet ... had the same problem with the spin cycle after moving to our new home. Thank goodness for extended warranty... had the service fellow in to look. Less that 20 minutes later he was on his way again.

Apparently these machines have tempermental shocks, and they will rattle loose from their secure locations. If you remove the front cover, below the door you should be able to see the shocks to the rear of the machine... if you can move them around with your hand they are not locked into their location.
Both ends of the shocks need to be secured, otherwise the machine will walk right out of the laundry room. It is a quick look and check, however be sure to turn off the breaker tothe machine... you will be reaching into a live area.

Posted on Apr 03, 2008

We are having the same problem here... I took the back off today and it is in fact the rear bearing. It looks as everybody that has owned one over 4 years is having the same problem

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This is not the do-it yourself job, sounds like you need a new rear bearing, only way to get is to replace back half of outer tub, inner basket, because the shaft is what rides against the rear bearing adn new pulluey assy , i wouyld check with manufacture as to possible part warr. onsome of these parts beacuse with out it your lookin at 900 in parts not ot mention the 3 hours of work!!

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    Ron Coons Mar 02, 2008

    rear bearing is part of rear tub, and although it is happening with tis model, it happens on all front loader models not whirlpool specific problem

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