Washing Machine Repair

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  1. slider

    slider Guest

    We have a Hotpoint WMA35 (1100rpm spin) washing machine. Over the last week
    or so it has become increasing noisy on fast spin. I am thinking that the
    drum bearings may have gone. Has anyone attempted to replace drum bearings
    on a Hotpoint washer? Not sure whether to try and repair or get shut of it
    and buy a new one.

    Have seen bearing kits on ebay for around £9 so repair should be cheap.
     
    slider, Jul 29, 2009
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  2. slider wrote:
    > We have a Hotpoint WMA35 (1100rpm spin) washing machine. Over the
    > last week or so it has become increasing noisy on fast spin. I am
    > thinking that the drum bearings may have gone. Has anyone attempted
    > to replace drum bearings on a Hotpoint washer? Not sure whether to
    > try and repair or get shut of it and buy a new one.


    I've done it, not complicated, mainly brute force & ignorance. Patience is
    a useful attribute :)


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    Dave - The Medway Handyman
    www.medwayhandyman.co.uk
     
    The Medway Handyman, Jul 29, 2009
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  3. slider

    Bob Eager Guest

    On Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:41:50 UTC, "slider" <> wrote:

    > We have a Hotpoint WMA35 (1100rpm spin) washing machine. Over the last week
    > or so it has become increasing noisy on fast spin. I am thinking that the
    > drum bearings may have gone. Has anyone attempted to replace drum bearings
    > on a Hotpoint washer? Not sure whether to try and repair or get shut of it
    > and buy a new one.
    >
    > Have seen bearing kits on ebay for around £9 so repair should be cheap.


    It's a sod of a job, but doable. IF....you have the kind where you don't
    have to replace the entire drum assembly. Look for spare parts for that
    model...if the bearings are for your model, then yes.

    By the time it gets to that stage, the shaft and spider may need
    replacement too. Since you have to remove it to replace the bearings,
    it's worth doing.

    Shop around for the spider/bearing kit; they vary wildly in price, even
    for genuine parts.

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    Bob Eager, Jul 29, 2009
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  4. slider

    DIY Guest

    "slider" wrote:
    > We have a Hotpoint WMA35 (1100rpm spin) washing machine. Over the last
    > week or so it has become increasing noisy on fast spin. I am thinking
    > that the drum bearings may have gone. Has anyone attempted to replace
    > drum bearings on a Hotpoint washer? Not sure whether to try and repair or
    > get shut of it and buy a new one.
    >
    > Have seen bearing kits on ebay for around £9 so repair should be cheap.


    Providing you can dismantle the machine to get access to the old bearing,
    and you are able to remove the old bearing (which usually takes some doing)
    and you able to fit the new bearing without damaging the ball race it in the
    process, it should be fine. In my opinion it is one of the more difficult
    Damage It Yourself jobs. If it doesn't work out at least you will only have
    lost nine quid. These instructions for replacing the bearings on a similar
    model (WM63) will give you some idea of what is involved
    http://www.fixed4free.com/answers.php?id=1290 . Good luck!
     
    DIY, Jul 29, 2009
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  5. slider

    DIY Guest

    "slider" wrote:
    > We have a Hotpoint WMA35 (1100rpm spin) washing machine. Over the last
    > week or so it has become increasing noisy on fast spin. I am thinking
    > that the drum bearings may have gone. Has anyone attempted to replace
    > drum bearings on a Hotpoint washer? Not sure whether to try and repair or
    > get shut of it and buy a new one.
    >
    > Have seen bearing kits on ebay for around £9 so repair should be cheap.


    http://www.fixed4free.com/answers.php?id=111327
    http://www.fixed4free.com/answers.php?id=83829
     
    DIY, Jul 29, 2009
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  6. In article <h4pjji$55v$>,
    "slider" <> writes:
    > We have a Hotpoint WMA35 (1100rpm spin) washing machine. Over the last week
    > or so it has become increasing noisy on fast spin. I am thinking that the
    > drum bearings may have gone. Has anyone attempted to replace drum bearings
    > on a Hotpoint washer? Not sure whether to try and repair or get shut of it
    > and buy a new one.
    >
    > Have seen bearing kits on ebay for around £9 so repair should be cheap.


    They were under a fiver for the genuine Hotpoint ones, including
    a new bearing seal, from CPC, last time I bought one (+P&P).
    I would suggest buying a new drum seal too, as the old one is
    unlikely to seal well again after you've had the front off the
    outer drum to get the inner drum out, and it's also quite cheap.

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    Andrew Gabriel, Jul 29, 2009
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  7. slider

    slider Guest

    "slider" <> wrote in message news:h4pjji$55v$...
    > We have a Hotpoint WMA35 (1100rpm spin) washing machine. Over the last
    > week or so it has become increasing noisy on fast spin. I am thinking
    > that the drum bearings may have gone. Has anyone attempted to replace
    > drum bearings on a Hotpoint washer? Not sure whether to try and repair or
    > get shut of it and buy a new one.
    >
    > Have seen bearing kits on ebay for around £9 so repair should be cheap.
    >
    >
    >


    Thank you all that replied. Sounds a mare of a job. Will have a look,
    although will probably end up banging it on ebay for spares or repair and
    getting a new one.
     
    slider, Jul 30, 2009
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  8. slider

    Guest Guest

    On 29 Jul,
    "The Medway Handyman" <> wrote:

    > slider wrote:
    > > We have a Hotpoint WMA35 (1100rpm spin) washing machine. Over the
    > > last week or so it has become increasing noisy on fast spin. I am
    > > thinking that the drum bearings may have gone. Has anyone attempted
    > > to replace drum bearings on a Hotpoint washer? Not sure whether to
    > > try and repair or get shut of it and buy a new one.

    >
    > I've done it, not complicated, mainly brute force & ignorance. Patience is
    > a useful attribute :)
    >

    I did our 25 year old Hotpoint a year or two ago. BF&I to get the old ones
    out, but new ones in freezer and heat applied (via heat gun) to drum allowed
    new ones to be pushed in by hand (after I'd made a jig out of hardwood to
    pull them in -- I didn't need it).



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  9. slider

    NT Guest

    On Jul 30, 9:24 am, "slider" <> wrote:
    > "slider" <> wrote in messagenews:h4pjji$55v$...
    > > We have a Hotpoint WMA35 (1100rpm spin) washing machine.  Over the last
    > > week or so it has become increasing noisy on fast spin.  I am thinking
    > > that the drum bearings may have gone.  Has anyone attempted to replace
    > > drum bearings on a Hotpoint washer?  Not sure whether to try and repair or
    > > get shut of it and buy a new one.

    >
    > > Have seen bearing kits on ebay for around £9 so repair should be cheap.

    >
    > Thank you all that replied.  Sounds a mare of a job.  Will have a look,
    > although will probably end up banging it on ebay for spares or repair and
    > getting a new one.



    believe me it is. I've done more than one, and never again. If you do
    go ahead, this was handy - or should I say essential:
    http://wiki.diyfaq.org.uk/index.php?title=Bearing_puller


    NT
     
    NT, Jul 30, 2009
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