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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If the washer is making a loud noise the tub bearing might need to be replaced. This is a very involved repair and will require disassembling most of the washer. The manufacturer recommends that if possible the complete outer tub and bearing be replaced rather than attempting to replace just the bearing in the tub. If the bearing is bad the problem is going to get worse very quickly and so either the drum and bearing will need to be replaced or the washing machine
Bearing Replacement (Part 1 of 3)
This advice is for replacing the rear wash tub shell of most
Kenmore Elite HE model FRONT
LOADERS, along with Whirlpool Duet, and some Frigidaire FRONT
LOADER models.This is a repair that
would be rated as difficult due to the extensive disassembly and
reassembly of components.
The requirement to replace the rear wash tub shell is
usually attributed to the rear tub bearing failure in which the bearings are
molded into the tub and cannot be replaced otherwise.In some situations the replacement of the
inner spinner basket (stainless steel tub) may also be required due to the
corrosion and breakage of the spider arms in the back of the basket that
support the basket.
SYMPTOMS:Washer exhibits excessively loud “rumbling” type noise during the spin
cycle, excessively vibrates, or won’t spin at all.
DETERMINING IF THE BEARING AND SPIN BASKET ARE BAD:
With the washer door open, place your hand inside the basket and push straight
up.If there is excessive play in the
tub (wobbles up and down) the bearing is probably bad.If the spinner basket scrapes against the
outer tub shell when you give it a spin, you will have to replace the inner
spin basket as well. Unfortunately, you cannot see the condition of spinner
basket supports until it is removed from the outer tub shells.In some cases, a brownish colored stain
my show up on clothing as the bearing seal has been breached and leaks into the
Before starting this repair, make sure you read through all
instructions thoroughly and place the washer is in an area that gives you
plenty of space to work.
if it is a front loader and on a pedestal make sure it is level not just front to back but side to side also. Here are some of the reasons a front loader shakes violently. 1-- not level 2-- unbalanced load... washing 1 item or large comforter 3-- Wrong soap.. using reg detergent instead of HE 4-- bolts mounting mach to pedestal are loose. They are located above the drawer. two for front and two for rear. 5-- Faulty shocks.. requires tech to repair 6-- unhooked springs.. requires tech to diag and repair 7-- rear bearing failure. can be checked by pushing up on top front edge of basket and looking for movement independent of outter tub. Sometimes you can feel a clicking of the bearing moving up and down when you do this. This repair usually costs more than the machine is worth if very old. Ignoring this problem can lead to more damage, water leakage, and possibly fire.
If a front loader type, try lifting up on the drum. If it clunks and seems to move somewhat easily, it is probably the front bearing on drum rear support shaft--a major tear-down to replace. If a top loader, try tipping the basket (that spins) in several directions--if it makes clunking sounds, try removing the agitator and check the tub mounting bolts at the bottom center for tightness. If ok, tip the tub again and watch for movement. It may have a bad bearing below the tub at the center area. Remove the tub bolts and pull the tub out revealing the drive hub underneath. Don't know if you would have to drop the transmission to repair what you find. Good luck!
The rear bearing is not accessible to grease. If you have a noisey spin that sounds like it is coming from the bearing it will have to be replaced. Most tub bearings on front loaders are preinstalled with the outer tub assembly. It is a major job to overhaul a front loading machine, requiring outer tub assembly, water seal kit and possibly tub gaskets. If not under a warranty it is not economical to repair.
Whether a front loader or a top loader, you are probably missing a sock. My guess being a sock or similar sized article has escaped the tub and is obstructing the water discharge to the pump. How to get to it depends on the top loader/front loader/make/model thing.