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Whirlpool washer making loud noises during spin

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Sep 6, 2019
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Whirlpool washer making loud noises during spin

Hi everyone,

TLDR: 10yr old washer making loud noises, worth repairing or should I get a new one?

So we have a whirlpool duet sport washer and dryer combo in our condo. The condo's around 10 years old and so I'm assuming the washer is too. It works just fine but when it starts getting into a high speed spin cycle, it makes a loud knocking sound, almost like a helicopter or jet engine. Did a bit of googling and it may be the tub bearing going bad.

Now, I reached out to quite a few contractors for quotes and it seems like it may cost anywhere from $200-$500 to fix it, depending on what the actual problem is. Is it worth repairing it or just getting a new one during black Friday or sometime where I can get a good deal for a washer. How long would a washer generally last for?

Note: We moved in the condo 3-4 months ago so I'm not sure if the previous owners maintained it.

Thanks all.
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Nov 6, 2014
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Woodbridge, ON
It could be the bearing or it has 4 shock absorbers that could be broken or worn making noise at higher speeds. At that age, it may not be cost effective for parts and labor to extend the life a bit more before the next aged part goes. That was my issue (4 failed shock absorbers and a worn pulley) and decided to replace.
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May 15, 2020
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Thornhill ON
Do you load the drum evenly on all sides? My wife tends to just throw stuff in and often the bulk of load ends up on one side of the drum, so when the washer goes to spin it makes banging noise. When i do laundry i distrubute stuff evenly to each side and the machine spins just fine.
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Aug 18, 2019
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Which cycle program do you put there? How much load? This is normal for me when i have big heavy load and set program as heavy or sport ,etc and heavy spin. it'll make very loud noises for me as intended
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Momentix wrote: Do you load the drum evenly on all sides? My wife tends to just throw stuff in and often the bulk of load ends up on one side of the drum, so when the washer goes to spin it makes banging noise. When i do laundry i distrubute stuff evenly to each side and the machine spins just fine.
x2. Load needs to be even. If not balanced it will bang away like crazy. When it happens, we shut it off right away and rebalance the load, then it spins normal.
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Feb 7, 2017
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As mentioned by the others the first thing is to understand fully what the instructions for use are for your washer
When it comes to load size, and appropriate cycle
Often these banging sounds during the spin cycle are signs of an unevenly distributed or too big a load
You can find the Owners Manual online for all makes ... just google the model

Secondly, Whirlpool is a good brand
Well made
So often the fix is pretty straight forward
Personally, I’d rather spend a few hundred to get something fixed than a $ 1000 or more for something new
Maybe by fix 2 or 3 ... I’d opt to call it a day
But not the first time something goes wrong
[OP]
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Sep 6, 2019
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Thanks everyone for your feedback.

Update: So I ran the washer empty on a spin cycle and it was dead silent, like barely any noise which got me thinking that maybe I'm overloading or not distributing the load properly as you guys said. So I ran it again with just a couple of towels, evenly spread out, and it was quiet. Not as quiet as running empty but much more quiet. I think we're gonna stick with this washer and just be extra cautious in the load size and making sure it's balanced. You guys saved us a couple of hundred bucks at least. Thank you :D

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