Perhaps one of the most annoying sounds from a front load washer is a loud roar during the spin cycle. So loud in fact, that closing doors or retreating to another room still doesn’t help. What’s interesting about this is sometimes folks are so used to the noise, they hardly notice it. This might be because the noise gets worse gradually. But nevertheless, the sound can get so loud that neighbors begin to complain! That’s when it’s time to do something.
In a front load washer the rear tub bearings are almost always the culprit. The bearings are pressed into the rear of the plastic tub and aren’t designed to be replaced by themselves. To repair this problem, replacing the rear half of the tub containing the bearings is the only solution. In addition to the rear tub, the basket with its shaft that fits into the bearings should be replaced at the same time. This is because if the bearings are worn out, the shaft will be worn, too.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a service agreement, most of the time this repair although major, is covered. The tub bearings are a mechanical part of the machine that eventually wear out the same as any other mechanical component. The problem here is that it’s an expensive repair if done correctly. Typically this repair needs to be done within the first five years and again when the machine approaches its tenth birthday. Sadly, it doesn’t matter what the original cost of the machine was. The same issue applies to all front load washers at some point.
As a consumer, it’s possible to forestall the inevitable at least by some degree. Keeping the load sizes reasonable and within the machine’s weight limits together with using only the correct type and amount of soap will minimize their effects on the mechanical components of the machine. It so happens the two enemies of front load washers are using too much soap, which builds up near the rear bearings, and constant overloading of the machine. These two together introduce mechanical stress on the bearings and lead to premature failure.
While nothing will stop mechanical wear altogether, you can take proactive steps to help the machine last longer, allowing you to realize the full value of your investment. Taking the time to learn and understand what steps you can take to lengthen the working life of your front load washer will pay off in less downtime and better performance.