Washing Machine Bearings: Problems and Replacements
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Washing machine bearings are bound to fail eventually if you keep your machine for more years than you intended. Because many new washing machines still cost hundreds of dollars, most people keep their machines for a long time, and bearings are sure to fall apart after daily use. The sure sign your washing machine bearings need replacing is when the machine starts making strange noises.
Unfortunately, not all bearings are alike due to the myriad washing machine makes out there. With everything from Maytag to Whirlpool still active brands, it's sometimes a challenge to find bearing replacements in one place. Even when you hire a professional repair technician, they sometimes have to order bearings from separate places based on what type of washing machine you have.
So where can you find all washing machine bearings you need all in one place online? You'll be surprised at how few there are, but we're one of the rare ones here at The Big Bearing Store.
When your washing machine needs bearings, you can find them here for every washing machine brand without having to pay extra money. In fact, you can install them yourself if you have the knowledge.
In the meantime, you have to check to see if you really need replacement bearings if you're noticing consistent problems with your washing machine.
Signs That You Need New Washing Machine Bearings
Noise During the Spin Cycle
After a number of years of washing machine spin cycles, the bearings in the drum are eventually going to wear out. You can tell this immediately when you hear noise emanating from the drum during the spin process.
While you may think this is just a normal sign of age in your machine, it pays to check it out so you know what's really needed. You can do this by doing a quick inspection of the drum. More precisely, check the inner drum to see how much it moves in relation to the outer drum.
If you notice movement of the inner drum going beyond a couple of millimeters, there isn't a question your drum bearings need replacing.
Other Signs You Should Replace Your Bearings
One sign you probably weren't aware of on worn bearings is getting oil stains on your clothes after every washing cycle. This is a sure sign your main seal on the bearings is also worn. Despite being a separate part to replace, you're better off replacing the bearings as well since they could collapse.
It's important to remember to put the right seal around each bearing as well. The wrong seal could end up leaking water on the new bearings, hence causing part failure once again.
So what kind of bearings do you need? Let's take a look at our inventory to give you an idea of how comprehensive our selection is for the most common washing machine brand names.
Bearings and Seal Kits
Each make of washing machine has specific model numbers required for bearing replacements, and you need to read these carefully. Every bearing you find through our online store has this number to enable correct replacement, which is important to eliminate bearing failure. All you have to do is look on the back of your machine to find the correct model number.
You can find bearing and seal kits for brands like Electrolux, Frigidaire, and Westinghouse, as just a few. Keep in mind many in stock are for front-load washers, so be sure to check what type of machine you have.
Another excellent product that's also very affordable is the Maytag Neptune Washer bearings kit. These come with built-in seals and made with the best materials in the industry.
Contact us here at The Big Bearing Store to see more of our comprehensive bearing inventory for washing machines and countless other machinery.