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Washing Machine Question

TheOvenglove Avatar
5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
Afternoon,

I have a crappy hotpoint WT741. Had it less that 3 years and it's started making a click on wash and it's really noisy when it spins.

I know this is the bearings and I know it's pointless getting it fixed..

So I have 2 questions

1. This is the 3rd wash with these symptoms, so how much longer will it last? 1 week? a few months?

2. Can you recommend a machine? It must have the following

2.1 - Grey, Silver or Graphite (in coluur)
2.2 - Just a washer (don't want a combi)
2.3 - Pref 7kg

At the moment i'nm looking at getting a Zanussi? any comments?

http://www.appliance-reviews.co.uk/p/Zanussi-Jetsystem-ZWF14380G-Washing-Machines-in-Silver-20375/specification

or a beko

http://www.appliance-reviews.co.uk/p/Beko-WME7247S-Washing-Machines-in-Silver-19907/specification

Any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Steve
TheOvenglove Avatar
5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Zanussi get my vote, every appliance I have bought with their name on it has lasted well...
As for the other one failing, keep the loads light and drop the spin cycle speed and you will get some more out of it.
Changing the bearings is not a major job if you are a DIY person

Edited By: mosskeeto on Jan 19, 2011 12:24
#2
Why not see how much a repair is before splashing out.
#3
I had kinda written it off because people said it was a massive job to do the bearings! Maybe I should look into it but at the same time the reviews for it is that it's a common fault so will it go again in under 3 years!

I've addressed that a certain person not a million miles away may put to many towels in. hmm what to do! i can't really afford it but I be more annoyed if i paid out and it breaks again!
#4
greg_68
Why not see how much a repair is before splashing out.


I'd do that. It may be cheaper than you think.

Also, Hotpoint have a 5 year parts warranty but you would probably have had to register it or have kept the receipt.

If you do end up getting a new machine, on my experience, I'd recommend Zanussi
#5
Check your filter. This happened to our washing machine once and it was the wires from an underwire bra that had come out and were trapped in the filter making the click.

We also had a 10p in the wash once that embedded itself in the drum, which meant we had to replace the machine.
#6
lg for me had zanussi, hotpoint and hoover all been crap, got recommended an lg before christmas from a family member and i have to say it is amazing.
hotpoint have a 5 yr parts warranty but you have to pay for the labour, waste of time as it costs loads.
#7
If you are thinking about buying again then think carefully of who you buy from if you are considering laying out a lot of money.
All companies will be looking to make efficiency savings in the current economic climate and this may well have an affect on build quality. It might seem cheapskate but it may actually be the better option to go for a repair.
#8
yipykayay
greg_68
Why not see how much a repair is before splashing out.


I'd do that. It may be cheaper than you think.

Also, Hotpoint have a 5 year parts warranty but you would probably have had to register it or have kept the receipt.

If you do end up getting a new machine, on my experience, I'd recommend Zanussi


this^^ if bought new and registered you have a 5years parts warranty, there is a flat rate on labour which i think is approx £90-100. The engineer should then check the whole machine and get it running like new for almost 1/3 the cost of a new machine.
banned#9
at least use it till it fails

my vote is a bosch for washing machines. Me & my mum bought the same model 5 years ago and both of us have never had a problem (about £250 new at the time)
#10
A washing machine repairman told me that Hotpoint went donwhill when they got taken over by Indesit approx 7 years ago,he recommends Miele or Bosch machines.
#11
We have a Candy that will have seen 7 years service next month and at a minimum averages 2 washes a day (you know what its like when you have young uns), only part thats been replaced is the plastic catch on the door as it got snagged on something being unloaded cost about £8 to repair, also have for it an almost complete set of spares apart from the programmer circuit board from a friends as this got blown with a power spike (something to do with being run from a generator during building work and the generator being stopped then restarted whilst doing a wash), so motor/pumps/filter/seals/belt and door etc.
#12
There ya go,a testimonial for Bosch as i was typing lol
4 Likes #13
PS If you scrap it save the stainless steel drum as they make great planters or with short legs fastened on incinerator/patio fire (just cheap threaded bar does for the legs)

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/washing_machine.jpg
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s308/harlzter/DSC01198.jpg

Edited By: harlzter on Jan 19, 2011 13:09
banned#14
harlzter
We have a Candy that will have seen 7 years service next month and at a minimum averages 2 washes a day (you know what its like when you have young uns), only part thats been replaced is the plastic catch on the door as it got snagged on something being unloaded cost about £8 to repair, also have for it an almost complete set of spares apart from the programmer circuit board from a friends as this got blown with a power spike (something to do with being run from a generator during building work and the generator being stopped then restarted whilst doing a wash), so motor/pumps/filter/seals/belt and door etc.

my first machine was a candy and lasted 15 years! Self repair a couple of times for peanuts but well pleased with them. In fact I have ever only owned 2 machines in 20 years so you'd think the manufacturers would offer longer warranties to validate their quality.

Edited By: csiman on Jan 19, 2011 13:07
#15
Weirdly i've only ever owned two machines in 15 years and they have both been Hotpoint,i must touch lucky with them!!
1 Like #16
That looks nice as a planter!!
#17
deb8z
That looks nice as a planter!!


They look nice dont they! Thats not mine as we don't have one but are on the lookout for scrap washers to do this with then the scrap man can have the rest for recycling, because they are stainless steel they will not rust either, my parents have one thats been outside 5 years and still shiny.
#18
Ohhh i thought that pic was yours lol still,it looks fab.
#19
Replace the bushes on the motor!
#20
Predikuesi
Replace the bushes on the motor!


Novel way to fix bearings!
#21
My friend is a washing machine repair engineer, he says the only washing machines that are any good are;

Miele, Samsung, Panasonic and LG.


OK; are Bosch, Siemans and Beko.


Avoid; Hotpoint/Indesit .. Zanussi/AEG and Candy.
#22
I'd recommend Zanussi, Bosch, AEG or Miele.

Avoid Hotpoint like the plague, Including Idesit, Ariston etc..

My mum's Beko has been going strong for last 2 years.

However Hotpoint are usually relatively cheap to repair, I gave up on Hotpoint after 3 different machines in 3 years...!!!

I guess at one point Hotpoint were good as I know a few people with old Hotpoint washers that are still working..!!!

I guess they are probably going to get even worse as they are now being made in Poland..!!!
#23
OK well we did register it when we got it so I'll give em a call call and see what they say! Will report back on how easy that turns out to be!
#24
My hotpoint options are..

1 off fix £105
or £14 for 12 months full cover and they will replace the machine if they can't fix it!

now. it had a smell a while ago and i fixed it but in the process snapped a bit off.. do you think I could blag that to get fixed aswell? would the cover include accidental damage? The only reason it snapped was because itwas blocked and it was the only way to open it (2p blocking the water drain bit)
#25
I've got the same problem with my bearings, sounds like I have a Harrier jump jet in the kitchen when it spins. I got a 5 year extended warranty with it, fella was out 2 weeks ago to diagnose and fix it. Still waiting 2 weeks later for the part to turn up. 5 Year warranty has paid for itself, had nothing but bother with this washer.
#26
TheOvenglove
My hotpoint options are..

1 off fix £105
or £14 for 12 months full cover and they will replace the machine if they can't fix it!

now. it had a smell a while ago and i fixed it but in the process snapped a bit off.. do you think I could blag that to get fixed aswell? would the cover include accidental damage? The only reason it snapped was because itwas blocked and it was the only way to open it (2p blocking the water drain bit)


£14 for 12 months full cover <<< I assume thats £14 per month? So £168? Ouch
#27
it's is pretty unBEARable when it spinns! are you still using it?

I know the £168 sounds steep but a new one is gonne be £340 and and the £168 is in little chunks! and if it lasts another 3 years then i can live with that - unless it's just gonna break and break and break and break (you get the picture)!

What do I doooooooooo?

Paddy_o_furniture
I've got the same problem with my bearings, sounds like I have a Harrier jump jet in the kitchen when it spins. I got a 5 year extended warranty with it, fella was out 2 weeks ago to diagnose and fix it. Still waiting 2 weeks later for the part to turn up. 5 Year warranty has paid for itself, had nothing but bother with this washer.
#28
deb8z
Weirdly i've only ever owned two machines in 15 years and they have both been Hotpoint,i must touch lucky with them!!
My first washer was a Hotpoint and it lasted 15 years (including being through 6 house moves) replaced it with a Whirlpool which i hated and now have gone back to a Hotpoint
#29
So I went for the Hotpoint £14.99 a month cover (for 1 year)

He replaced the drum all the seals and even gave me a dain valve (which I had broken myself). I think thats a pretty good deal! Now I have 11 months for it to break again!
#30
p.s. thanks for all your advice on this thread!

Edited By: TheOvenglove on Feb 01, 2011 10:55

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