Question about Hotpoint First Edition WMA22 Front Load Washer
I believe those drums are held in place with a series of clips on springs. If the machine has recently been moved or had a real uneven load pass throught it, those clips can pop off. You could disassemble and check those clips, or better yet, hopefully it's under warranty and a service tech can come and do it for ya.
Posted on Aug 23, 2008
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to say that this is potentially very bad news. If problem you describe is
the main bearing on the drum being worn out, (allowing the
inner drum to "flop about").
your bearings, open the door of the machine and by putting a little lifting
pressure on the top of the inner drum, attempt to rock the stainless steel
inner drum up and down.
drum is mounted on springs and shock absorbers, so it will rock about (and it
should do this) but the inner drum should not move up and down in relation to
the outer drum. There should be ABSOLUTELY NO PLAY between the 2 drums, even
the tiniest amount will mean the bearings have failed.
bearings are bad enough then other symptoms will typically include:
clonking noise as you lift and release the inner drum (this is the inner drum
rattling on its bearings and/or hitting the outer drum)
have become aware of the spin cycle becoming far noisier recently and possibly
even a grinding crunching noise when the machine spins.
may feel like something is crunching or stopping you turning it when you spin
it by hand with the door open.
from under the machine, which you will probably be able to trace to the back of
the machine, coming from the centre of the drum. This is a result of the
failing bearing allowing water to escape through the seal at the rear.
is NOT a job for the uninitiated DIY enthusiast as it will mean stripping the machine
and removing the drum from the chassis, splitting it, removing pressed in
bearings and then sourcing and re-fitting new bearings.
be frank, the cost of a bearing set (if they are replaceable, and most are)
will be about £20 ($30) or so. But it's a long and horrible job if you haven't
done it before. I know professionals who claim they can do a bearing change in
under an hour, I've done a few and it takes me about 2 hours by the time I've
ripped the machine apart and reassembled it after the bearing swap. A local
repairer will probably attend and swap out your defective drum for a
refurbished one and then take yours away so he can refurbish it and put it back
in his stock. Sadly, this will take the price up to the point where you need to
question if the expense is worth it or do you get a new machine instead.
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