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I have a first generation Maytag Neptune washer and dryer front load. The washer is making a terrible noise in the rinse cycle like an airplane taking off, and some water leakage from underneath. My Dryer from day one has sounded like a fan with a bad bearing. The store we bought it from will come out and make an adjustment and then 2 weeks later its back again. My old maytags lasted 25 years and for alot less money

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You won't get near the life of your old maytags out of any machine you buy now days (average life is about 5-7 years). Your description, likely sounds like a bad tub bearing. The easiest way to verify this is pull the washer forward and crawl back behind it. Remove the screws (1/4" or 5/16", I forget which) on the access panel located in the middle back of the unit. Once you take that off, you will see a large silver pulley. Severe bearing you will see orange discolloration from where water has been leaking. Of course if yours is noise only and the leak is coming from an un-related area, you can also test by putting the machine in a spin and listening by the back pulley. BE VERY CAREFUL, THIS IS SPINNING EXTREMELY FAST AND IS VERY DANGEROUS IF YOU GET TOO CLOSE. If I am correct and the back bearing is bad, it takes 2 trained techs about 1 1/2 - 2 hours to replace the tub (which the bearing is molded into) So cost wise you'd be looking typically from the 300-500 range for replacement. The part itself is usually 150-250 of the price depending on where it is purchased from. I'm sorry I know this isn't the answer you hoped to hear, and I do hope that I am off target, but this will save you a service call fee by doing a simple check. If I am right and you want to keep using your unit until you can afford a new one, there are plastic pans availible a local appliance parts stores and even some harware stores you can set the unit in to keep it from leaking on the floor. This is an inexpensive alternative while saving up and still getting your laundry done.

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