Frigidaire Gallery washer - noisy spin

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Old 02-10-09, 03:30 PM
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Frigidaire Gallery washer - noisy spin

Hi folks ; my Frigidaire Gallery front load washer has started making an ever-louder steady noise - on spin only.
After taking the top & back off - and spinning the tub by hand - it sounds like a roller or guide making the noise - inside the plastic tub (?) the noise has a deep plastic-y sound.
Would this be a possible do-it-yourself ? or call the professional ? Or start shopping for a new washer ?
The washer has seen about 6 or 7 years of family-of-5 use.
It has been a good machine up to now.
Thanks in advance.
John T.
 
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most likely its the rear bearing which is repaired by replacing the whole rear tub. the basket is generally replaced at the same time due to the shaft being scored. best bet is to start shopping for a new one
 
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Old 02-11-09, 05:00 PM
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Thanks for your reply, David.
My local repair shop confirmed your thoughts about the bearing plus stainless basket ( he thought the basket might be warranty item ) Still looking at $ 400 or so. Same unit with GE label is $ 800 new today .. not sure what I'm going to do.
Any comments are welcome.
Any makes or models to avoid - advice also welcome.
John T
 
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.. the other thing that the local repair shop said - was that too much suds (too much detergent and wrong type of detergent) was a factor in pre-mature bearing failure.
John T
 
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Any comments are welcome.
Any makes or models to avoid - advice also welcome.
i would avoid the whirlpool duet sport or any of its sisters such as the kenmore He2 and maytag epicz(whirlpool duet non sport is good), anything GE, the 3.1 ft^3 kenmore/Frigidaire front loader.

suggest the samsung if you have it upstairs or are likely to be sensitive to vibration. the kenmore He3 and He5 are good too. LG is ok but have seen a couple of them flood houses for no apparent reason
 
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Old 02-12-09, 04:42 AM
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HE 3 and up LG, Samsung is a fairly new brand and I don't know to much about them. Have not had hardly any problems with them.
 
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Thanks for the input, Guys.
Who makes the Kenmore models that you recommend ?
In case I see it under other names . for comparison shopping.
The identical-to-my-Frigidaire unit - is badged GE.
The Whirlpools that I have seen are either Mexican or German.
.. a shopper really has to look closely at each model - not just the name on the front !
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Who makes the Kenmore models that you recommend ?
whirlpool

all laundry units that start with model# 110 are whirlpool, 417 is Frigidaire.
 
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Old 02-13-09, 04:53 AM
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I always recommend Whrilpool made. Whrilpool, Kenmore, Roper, New Maytags, Still would stay away from Maytags They use the HE2 style.
 
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Thanks, again, guys.
I finally got-around-to taking apart my washer - interesting job.
Today I'm going to either order the tub-rear + bearing + basket ;
or go shopping for a new washer.
Any tips - if I attempt the do-it-yourself repair ?
The rubber door-seal-spring looks like it might be tricky ?
Any sealant required between the 2 halves of the tub ? It looked like there wasn't anything there originally !
Thanks ; John T
 
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if you are serious about repairing it you can buy the both tubs with the basket already bolted together for over $500
 
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I'm about-to-be serious about repairing it myself ...
the parts are waiting at my local dealer.
The stainless basket is free - under warranty - the rear tub + bearing is $ 150.
Any helpful tips or advice - would be much appreciated.
Thanks ; John T.
 
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Replace the boot if it is glued to the front. Boot has a new design that is not glued. Put the boot on the tub before you put tub into machine. Tub much easier to move without the weights on it. Use a little laundry soap around lip of boot when you install it. Be very careful when you reinstall the drain hose on tub. Very easy to miss getting the clamp on right.
 
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You must be reading my mind, pugsl ... I have been staring at the boot (still connected to the machine) and the tub (up on blocks, in place, in the machine - wondering how-the-heck it could be done ? ? Seems impossible, to me.
I don't want to spend much more on this washer - new improved boot will cost how much approx. ?
Is there any way to remove & re-install (re-glue ? ) the old boot ?
Your input is much appreciated.
I kinda enjoy this handyman stuff - but I'm not a natural ..
John T.
 
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just tug on the boot and use a razor blade on the spots that wont come by tugging then you can re glue it when finished.

you can leave the front weight and boot on the front tub. remove the back panel and motor then pull the whole tub out the back. can use 1/2" socket on the shock pins to make removing them easier.
 
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Well ; the washer is back-together .. finally.
All it needs is some rubber cement for the boot front.
The boot-spring install was quite tricky - I'm thinking the professional repairmen have a special tool-rig .. or 5 hands !
I will post a neon sign, in the laundry room - to warn the family to keep a very close watch on the first few washer loads.
I do not have much faith in my workmanship ... sorry to say.
While it was quite the "learning experience" .. I think I would probably write-off the machine, before doing that again.
And it was definitely too big a job to pay a professional - for a cheapo Frigidaire, 7 years old.
Thanks for the advice, guys. Wish me luck.
John T
 
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When I replace the boot I always get help. Not enough strength in hands anymore. Some of our guys can do it alone.
 
 

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