My GE washer, Model WCVH6260FWW, is making loud squeaking noises when it spins. The drum does not seem to be properly supported. It is dragging along the bottom of the rim when it spins.
Have the exact same problem as you are writing about and have researched to the point that I know more about front load washers than I ever wanted to. Mine does the same, the basket (stainless steel) doesn't look centered in the unit anymore, you can tell when looking around the perimeter of the basket and compare to the rubber gasket. On front load washers the basket (the stainless piece that spins), if the door is open and if you push up on the basket there should be very very little to NO play or give . Meaning the basket should not be able to move up, down, side to side (not talking about spinning, just north, south, east, west). If there is play or movement, which in the case of mine it is flopping all over the place there is a very good chance (thinking 95% sure) that it is the bearing. Not good news for any front washer but GE in all it's wisdom set it's crack engineers out to design this unit so that the bearing is not an individual part, this design has the basket (THE ACTUAL STAINLESS BASKET), THE SUPPORT ROD AND BEARINGS AS A SINGLE PIECE. Totally idiotic and such a poor design I have to believe that it was done this way in order to ensure future sales of new units or high repair costs. The "Basket Assembly" alone is between $550 and $650, before tax, before labor if you don't do it yourself. If you decided to tackle this yourself their crack engineers designed it to where you have to totally disassemble the entire unit to replace it. No exaggeration, you literally have to take the entire outer tub assembly apart to replace and the outer tub assembly is heavy (may not be a one person job). If you are able to accomplish this without damaging any other part then you have to Humpty Dumpty back together again, without damaging anything else.
I was able to find the service manual online for this unit and if the part wasn't 75% of the cost of the entire unit I might try to repair it myself and I consider myself mechanically self sufficient. If you don't have the service manual, the correct tools or have a short tolerance level for these things then forget it, let alone the price.
Had to vent a little. I could have made this post much shorter and just said, **** design, problem is probably the bearing, their design has this piece part of the entire basket assembly, cost $600+ part only, degree of difficulty to repair 9 (out of 10, a 10 would be building the unit from pieces found at a scrap yard), punt and think about a new unit.
Really irritates me that a washer can be 5 or 6 years old and if this happens you are really screwed. Now I know what to look for in a new unit and to check into how the thing is designed just in case a bearing goes out in the future you don't get left up the river as you we are with this unit.
Hope this helps.
Jul 20, 2012 |
GE WCVH6260F Front Load Washer