Washer pump making racket and seized
Keith T. • Lafayette, NY • June 12, 2014
My Repair & Advice
Friday night, son home from college overloaded the washer with comforter, towels and way too many other things. When it hit the spin cycle it started banging around like someone was taking a sledgehammer to it. After that the pump wouldn't work and the washer tub was very loose.
On Saturday we did some investigation and found that the pump did at least attempt to run sometimes but made a horrible racket and then seized up. We assumed the impeller was in pieces so we ordered a new pump and replacements for the 4 stabilizer straps that had all snapped. The finding of the parts and ordering was very easy and affordable from AppliancePartsPros.com with a fair shipping cost and reasonable delivery time - no, they didn't pay me or encourage me to say that, I just think they're a great company from multiple experiences with them.
On Sunday we removed the pump so we would be all ready for the new one when it arrived. When we got it out, we looked inside and there were 2 necklaces, a chain bracelet and 3 bobby pins - all from the most careless of my 3 daughters! Apparently the overloading of the washer not only broke the stabilizer straps for the tub but sent this collection of girly stuff that must have been in the tub for a while, down the drain and into the pump. After untangling the chains from the pump impeller, we re-installed the pump and it worked like a charm! Well, maybe not as efficiently as a new one, but it worked. So I quickly called AppliancePartsPros.com and cancelled the pump order with no problem.
The straps came just 2 days later and were simple to install. 16 yr old washer back in business for about $20.
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