I have a Samsung front loader washing machine, from around 2011-2012 model number WF221ANG XAA.

My wife noticed one evening that it was making a lot of noise, so she turned it off and it's been off since to avoid further damage. I wasn't in the house so I didn't hear the noise myself.

The tub spins by hand smoothly about 270 degrees or so, but the remaining 90 degrees has a lot of resistance, kind of a squeaky sound like metal against rubber and kind of shaky, until the last 10 degrees or so where it goes CLUNK, then back into smooth spinning.

I am not at all an expert on washing machines but my guess would be that the bearing is finished.

Any ideas what is causing that ?

  • The suspension is loose or broken
    – Traveler
    Sep 9, 2023 at 17:28
  • your question asks for an opinion ... that is not allowed here .... please ask about the problem instead
    – jsotola
    Sep 9, 2023 at 17:28
  • @jsotola Please elaborate. I think the question is fine the way it is.
    – PaulG
    Sep 11, 2023 at 2:25
  • you asked Should I attempt to repair, pay an expert, or just get a new machine as it's already quite old
    – jsotola
    Sep 11, 2023 at 2:37

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The tub mounting bracket (called the "spider") is broken. This is a common problem with front loaders.

As far as I know, no manufacturer sells this part separately. It is included in the drum assembly, usually priced at more than half the cost of a new machine.

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