When spinning the drum makes a vibrating/grinding noise/feel to it, would this be bearings gone in the drum "any ideas"
Yes, that's a classic sign of a failed drum bearing. It wi;ll continue to get noisier and may eventually cause a leak from the machine which may cause more expensive repairs if the water and highly corrosive washing solution damages other parts.
The bearing itself is available and can be replaced, but your machine is not designed with bearing replacements in mind. Replacing the bearing involves a near complete strip-down of the machine to completely remove the drum assembly. The outer polypropylene drum will often crack when the old bearing is removed or the new one is refitted and the job is very labour intensive.
The bearing is designed to last the life of the machine, and the machine is only expected to last about four to five years before other parts start to fail as well. If the bearing fails during the warranty then the usual fix is to replace the entire inner and outer drum assembly.
I can't give you a step by step guide, but drum replacement is not cost effective if you have to pay for the repair, and bearing replacement may be worth trying if you know an experienced DIY mechanic and appreciate the risks. The part is relatively cheap, but if the repair fails you've blown money which could have gone towards a new machine. Dismantling to replace the bearing is fairly straightforward and commensense, but on some models the spot welds on the rear of the casing need to be drilled out and they can be replaced with pop-rivets afterwards. A short length of scaffold pole or a large socket can be used to drift out the old bearing and press in the new one. It's also necessary to replace the drive-belt as well, but you can leave that extra cost until you're sure that the bearing replacement has been a success.
Haynes publish a washing machine repair manual; you can either buy it or will often find that it's available at your local public library and it's invaluable if you lack confidence with jobs like these.
If you need to buy another machine, then try to avoid Merloni Group products such as Hotpoint, Indesit, Candy, Ariston. They may be cheap, but they don't last. Brands like LG, Miele, Siemens and AEG don't cost twice as much but they do typically last more than twice as long. Bosch for some reason, definitely aren't as good lately, despite being part of the same group as Siemens. A good quality basic machine will usually serve you far better than a feature-packed Merloni piece of tat.
Jul 08, 2011 |
Hotpoint Aquarius WF000 Front Load Washer