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I think my washing machine just died!!!


My washer first started making a grinding noise while it was in the spin cycle. Today it was making the same grinding noise while it was in the wash cycle. Once it went into the spin cycle, it make a huge klunk noise, stopped completely, smoke was coming out from under the machine and I could smell the burning of rubber. I automatically shut it off when it first make the loud klunk noise and I am afraid to turn it back on to drain the machine. I'm thinking it has died........or perhaps it is the transmission? Do you think that it could be repaired or should I just chuck it? Any help or information that you can share with me would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very kindly.

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  • Judy2008 Jun 22, 2008


    Thank you so much for taking the time to help me out, I really appreciate this. I live in Ontario, Canada and I have never heard of Roper Appliances......I hope you have good luck with your new purchase.

    Not too fussy on these new front loaders with all the bells and whistles where you need to go to school to learn how to operate the darn things. Way too expensive for me and's only laundry!! For the price of these new machines......I don't pay that much for the cars I drive!! What ever happened to those good old wringer washing machines?

    I totally agree with you as far as not pouring $$$ into this machine to get it running again. I will be looking for a good refurbished one today.
    Thanks again for your was great!



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The transmission could well have caused the failure but the smoke was almost certainly from the drive motor.
The cost of replacing them both is probably prohibitive.

Unless you are really into preserving the environment (and your machine) it may be time to retire it.

I don't know where you are but I would estimate the cost of the transmission at $120-150 US and the motor at $60-100 only for parts.

With the growing complexity of many machines, I tend to stick with those using older technology and keep my fingers crossed that they have not cheapened the quality too much.

As we equipped a new house 3 years ago, I did a lot of research and found essentially no machine that was 'bullet-proof.'

We finally bought Roper machines and have not had any complaints to date but have a small household so not much stress on the machines.
Roper has been owned by Whirlpool for years but my experience with direct Whirlpool branded machines really stinks; refrigerator died due to a low-voltage condition that occurred while we were gone requiring a new comperessor, washing machine thatate its transmission in < 3 years, etc.
All were purchased new.

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