Do you understand washing machine bearing maintenance?
Most new washing machines made in the last 10 to 15 years, especially front load washers, have bearings that help the machine run. There are also top load washers that use bearings in the drive system, but they are most common in front loaders. The only thing that separates these bearings from water is the seal. Over time, water can seep behind the seals, causing the bearings to rust and wear. This water will eventually start seeping out of your machine, sometimes causing greasy or rusty splashes from the machine (front-load washer) or under the machine (top-load washer).
These signs will help you determine if your washing machine bearings are failing:
Rotation cycle is very noisy
Rusty water splashes on the floor or inside the machine (To view the front loader, just remove the rear panel.)
With front load washers, sometimes the belt keeps slipping off the pulley.
What happens if I don't repair the washing machine bearings?
If the bearing is not secured immediately, it can damage other parts of the machine, such as the basket, spider arms, tub, and in some cases electrical components. It is very important to resolve this issue immediately.
What if I am not mechanically inclined?
Some people don't have enough mechanical inclination to replace the washing machine bearing, but that's okay. You'll need to call your local repairman, but know that most local repairers will replace the outer tub on your washing machine, especially front loaders, as that's the manufacturer's recommendation. If you have a good repairman, at least you know it's done right, and you'll have peace of mind.