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kingofmycastle 04-19-2012 07:00 PM

Front Load Washer Doesn't Wring Dry
Our one year old front load washer by Whirlpool WFW9050WX doesn't seem to wring clothes as dry as before when it was new.

It used to take 20 mins to dry our clothes now it takes almost 1 hour in our new gas dryer.

I ran the diagnostic cycle and no errors came up.

The washer does seem to make a clunking noise as it spins at high speed compared to when it was new. It even walked a couple of feet away from the wall one time.

It's all balanced and had a service tech looked at it. He said it was fine but obviously it's not.

I don't know how to proof it's broken?

I wish I know the exact sequence of operation for the wash cycle because I think the washer tries to spin up but slow down because it senses unbalance.

It would eventually settle on using a slower speed to wring clothes dry.

Maybe I am making this up in my mind but that's the only thing that make sense.

What do you guys think?

Jacques 04-20-2012 06:42 AM

If it worked fine up until now and you're sure the unit is balanced. are the clothes coming out spun dry? clunking noise is a concern-maybe tub bearings going. are you sure it's not your dryer? 20 min? towels? too short. if the vent was starting to block up a year ago and now it's really blocked=could account for this. think you need compenent servicer to check everything.

jfrotten 04-20-2012 11:07 AM

If your problem is that the clothes take longer to dry, why do you assume it's the washer spin cycle? Are you sure the dryer is working properly? Restricted air flow? Partially broken element?.... How did you rule out the dryer?

Tom Struble 04-20-2012 06:47 PM

broken spider/tub bearings

kingofmycastle 04-20-2012 09:10 PM

I can check the vent line for blockage but I doubt it. It's a short straight run to the side of the house.

The clothes coming out of the washing isn't as dry as before so it takes longer to dry.

The washer almost seems to move a whole lot when it starts to spin. I have the bottom kick plate off for a while now and all the plastic struts looks intact.

However the drum does have some dramatic movement during the initial spin up.

The clunking noise it makes almost sounds like the drum is travelling to much and too far out of its limits as it's spins and bounce around. Like get your car gets over the top of a hill too quickly and suspension is over stretched.

What are the symptoms of broken spider / tub bearings?

hardwareman 04-20-2012 10:35 PM

sounds like maybe you have to replace the 3 or 4 struts (however many your machine has). Probably not the bearing as you would notice a substantial increase in the noise level during spin. If your washer tub moves more than it should during spin it will trip the sensors and not get up to top spin speeds. Maybe best to call in a service man and show him how wet the clothes are coming out of your washer.

Tom Struble 04-22-2012 09:00 PM

the clunking noise you hear is most likely from a broken/cracked spider

this is what holds the back of the inner stainless steel basket,you can't see this without dismantlement the entire machine

sorry to say but i think your looking at a new washer

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