My washer is about 3 years old and gets heavy use (family of 5, including 3 small boys wearing cloth diapers...not all at once mind you, but sequentially).
In the past month a noise has started during the wash cycles. It can best be described as a ticking or chirping sound at ~1 second intervals when the washer is in slow spin, or agitation mode. The noise stops during the fast spin out. The noise does not occur at all if I manually rotate the tub when it is not washing or if I run the washer without anything in it. Washing performance does not seem to be affected, but the noise is annoying and I am nervous that it indicates a more significant problem developing.
Any help, advice, suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Re: Ticking/chirping sound during slow spin
It will more than likely be a bra wire stuck between inner and outer drum it will only sound when clothing is in it due to the weight of clothing and water so it wont be heard with just water init or by pushing it around by hand only thing u can really do is eiether strip it yourself or by getting an engineer in but what i would do is leave it after a while it will dislodge itself and go into the pipe underneath the washer in the pipe that is in the middle of the drum check this when the sound stops love
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Well try to set the washer on the regular cycle, large load and let it fill. After the washer fills to the selected level, the motor should start and the agitator should start agitating. If you hear the motor running, but the agitator doesn't move at all, do the following:- Stop the washer and set the timer on the spin cycle and let it run. If the washer motor runs and the washer empties the water from the tank, but it won't spin, that is an indication that the motor coupler is not turning the transmission at all. The motor coupler is made of two pieces of plastic called fingers and a hard rubber piece that goes in between the two fingers. One of the fingers is attached to the motor and the other finger is attached to the transmission. The had rubber round piece goes between the two fingers. When one of the plastic fingers breaks, the motor is no longer coupled to the transmission and the washer will not agitate or spin dry the clothes. The reason that the motor coupler breaks before it should, it is that the user overloads the washer. People stuff the washer with too much clothes, big comforters, small placer rugs, snickers, etc. Another reason is that the washer is used every day; normally the washer is used 3 times a week. So if you have a washer that is 5 years old and you use it every day, it has the wear and tear of a washer that is 10 years old. Replacing the motor coupler is not hard to do, once you see how the repair is done. You will save at least $100 by replacing the motor coupler yourself.
Sounds like the coupler broke. This connects the motor to the trans. The part is only like 25.00 and labor is about 140. When it tries to spin if the basket doesn't move at all, then this is it. If the basket is really slow or easily stopped with your hands then the clutch/trans. could be bad. More times than not, it's just the coupler. These are made to break under heavy load, so it doesn't hurt anything else. They are just rubber and plastic and sometimes break for no reason. Push the lid switch with a pen or something with the lid up and try to spin to see what happens.
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The diaper pail we suggest using is the size medium Diaper Pail with Carbon Filter, or, if you want a really big pail, the American Diaper Association approved 54 QT Diaper Pail. We sell them at Diaper Safari! They are nice and big andboth have a slot for a Citrus Circle which helps eliminate odors.
Try using a mild and environmentally safe detergent like: Bi-O-Kleen, Allen' Naturally or ECOS. You can also use Arm & Hammer for sensitve skin or Sensi Clean - do not use Dreft!
A Citrus Circle or a little baking soda some tee tree oil in the bottom of the diaper pail liner will help against odors.
Diaper Pail Liners can be our re-usable waterproof pail liners or standard 13-gallon kitchen trash bags.
Sprinkle a few drops of BacOut Stain & Odor Eliminator on the diaper if "poop" got onto the diaper itself.
Adding a few drops of Tee Tree oil to the main wash leaves diapers smelling fresh and kills bacteria - not for pocket diapers.
Sun-dried diapers and covers become snow-white. Try this as often as the weather allows.
Use the dryer for a few minutes to soften sun-dried diapers that get stiff.
Wash and dry new diapers one to five times before wearing - for unbleached diapers this will remove the natural waxes and will fluff up the cotton, which gives the diapers their absorbency. You will only need to wash the covers, Fuzzi Bunz and AIO once or twice at the most.
Spray any solids off with the Mini Shower - it makes makes cleaning cloth diapers very easy
Don't let wet and clean diapers sit in the machine overnight.
For serious stain you can try something like Spay and Wash.