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Washing machine woes
« on: June 27, 2020, 02:19:49 pm »
Advice please

Have a probably 5 year old samsung eco bubble which during the week wouldn't drain. Cleaned filter and now drains fine.

However and these may be unrelated it now vibrates like mad. It may have been doing before as I tend to run it overnight. The rubber door seal is coming apart which I wonder if could be causing it as not supporting properly at dront

A quick Google and replacing the rubber doesn't seem too hard. However there what looks like a hard plastic ring between the drum and the grey rubber seal which also looks worn but struggling to see if is part of the seals I can find online

Oh just to clarify I didn't move the washing machine when cleaning the filter so its not that as far as I can tell I've moved the legs

Kim

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Re: Washing machine woes
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2020, 03:07:58 pm »
Just to check the obvious: The transport bolts have been removed, haven't they?
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Re: Washing machine woes
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2020, 03:16:30 pm »
Yeah. Machine has been in use for several years with no roblems and they were removed and put somewhere safe so in other words no hope of ever finding them

Kim

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Re: Washing machine woes
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2020, 03:22:43 pm »
I keep coming across people who have no knowledge that washing machines have transport bolts.  If you buy a new washing machine, there tends to be a warning label, or a section in the destructions or whatever, but most people's washing machines are supplied by the landlord, or bought second hand or whatever, and they never get to see them.

See also: Flatbed scanners.
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Re: Washing machine woes
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2020, 05:00:56 pm »
A cycling friend of mine used to make a decent living repairing domestic appliances. He stopped, because they’re now cheaper to replace than repair.
His advice to me was to either spend usual money and expect 3years, maybe more if you use it carefully, or spend oodles on one of the very expensive ones like the Miele over £1500 ones, that are built to last.

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Re: Washing machine woes
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2020, 05:17:27 pm »
It might be worth checking the springs holding the drum, over time they fail and snap with the result that the drum sounds like it is trying to make a break for freedom!

I replaced ours in November last year when one snapped. It cost £17.60 for a spring set.  Our Hotpoint WM is getting on for 17 years old now!  :o
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Joergen

Re: Washing machine woes
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2020, 05:42:19 pm »
A cycling friend of mine used to make a decent living repairing domestic appliances. He stopped, because they’re now cheaper to replace than repair.
His advice to me was to either spend usual money and expect 3years, maybe more if you use it carefully, or spend oodles on one of the very expensive ones like the Miele over £1500 ones, that are built to last.

This. Interlock went recently on our LG direct drive WM. I now know that I could have changed it in half an hour for £35.  ::-) . Outer door rubber was held in place by a wire ring with sprung section with only two bolts holding the interlock in place and which also had push connectors. Simples.

However local repair guy wanted £110 or so plus parts presumably plus VAT. We therefore bought a new Samsung Eco Bubble from John Lewis with a five year guarantee (2+3 free) for £350. Incidentally, never managed to balance the LG. although it was a good washer with a motor guaranteed for ten years, it was always going for a walk. The Samsung, which is a bit noisier, has not moved a mm from day one. If funds would allow I would go for a Miele next time. Bosch are good but not as good as they used to be, the cheaper ones are not made in Germany and  washing cycles take forever.

Check the feet on your machine it could simply be that one of the feet has moved due to the locking nut becoming loose and has lost contact with the floor. Some brand info I have picked up along the way, now some time ago so may have changed since:

AEG = rebadged Zannusi. Not made in Germany
John Lewis =  Electrolux with quasi AEG facia
Bauknecht = rebadged Whirlpool
Neff = Bosch
Siemen = Bosch
Beko = Arcelik Turkey
Belling = LEC
Smeg = Hakam
Tesco = Vestal of Turkey
Baumatic = In receivership Candy purchased brand
Creda = Indesit
Zanussi = Electrolux
Tricity Bendix = Ditto
Haier = Chinese
Flavel = Beko
Falcon = Rangemaster.
Russell Hobbs = Asda
Hotpoint = Indesit
Liebherr= High qual German
Ariston Indesit Hotpoint Creda Cannon = all ulitmately Aristide.
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Re: Washing machine woes
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2020, 06:27:33 pm »
I've found plenty of online bits on replacing the grey rubber seal but it's the hard plastic bit that I'm not convinced is part of the seal. Probably need to look at some other washing machines

hellymedic

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Re: Washing machine woes
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2020, 07:35:14 pm »
A cycling friend of mine used to make a decent living repairing domestic appliances. He stopped, because they’re now cheaper to replace than repair.
His advice to me was to either spend usual money and expect 3years, maybe more if you use it carefully, or spend oodles on one of the very expensive ones like the Miele over £1500 ones, that are built to last.

I spent £850 on my Miele 20 years ago. It has had recent issues but still mostly seems to work.

Re: Washing machine woes
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2020, 07:46:34 pm »
I keep coming across people who have no knowledge that washing machines have transport bolts.  If you buy a new washing machine, there tends to be a warning label, or a section in the destructions or whatever, but most people's washing machines are supplied by the landlord, or bought second hand or whatever, and they never get to see them.

Yup. Was at my SiL and BiLs cottage in The Lakes a couple of years ago and they were moaning about the new washing machine and how it was noisy, vibrated like a bugger and wouldn't stay put. Let shave a look I said and sure enough transportation bolts still in place. Whipped them out and quiet and vibration free washing was achieved.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Washing machine woes
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2020, 07:50:25 pm »
We had a cheap washing machine when Pcolbeck Junior was little and it lasted precisely one week longer than than the warranty before it shook itself to pieces. The concrete block used for damping basically started to disintegrate.

Since then we have had tow Bosch machines. The first lasted about 13 years being used every other day. It did break a control dial but a replacement was available at a reasonable price from Bosch. The the current one has lasted 10 years so far. Doesn't get used as much as the first one though especially since Pcolbeck junior left home.

The Bosch ones werent massively expensive but more than a Creda or a Beko.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.