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Front loader tub bearing replacement -- worth it?

I just saw your article on the above topic and am wondering whether it is financially worth it to have a repairman replace the bearings (and possibly tub). Friends have had similar problems and ended up buying a new washer. Is this typically a job that is going to run > $300-400?

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  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    It usually runs much higher at a cost of $600 to $1000 if you have a repairmen do it. This job normally takes 2 to 3 hours for a skilled technician, so you will incur additional labor charges. Thats why the cost is so high. If you have a service plan or warranty, this charges would be waived. Even without a warranty, its not a difficult repair if you are mechanically and electrically inclined. However, for the average do-it-yourselfer, I would not recommend it. Its quite involved with disassembling an entire machine to replace one single bearing. Stupid design if you ask me. I hope this helps some. Let me know if you have further questions.

  • Butch May 01, 2013

    I just want to know where to find the bearing

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Rear tub runs around $293.00, labor and service charge, around $168.00. Check your owners manual for any limited warranties that may cover the part.

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