Our washer makes a loud banging noise on the spin cycle.From what I have read I should replace the door gasket.Some people call it (noisey door sen-drum),is this true. The washer is level and on a solid service. Can you please help.
A faulty door boot gasket would not cause the washer to bang around during the spin cycle. Things that you will want to check is to make sure that the drum does not move up and down. If that is the case then the spider also known as tub support may be broken which would cause this issue. It could also be that the bearings are allowing the tub to shift. Also check the shocks to make sure that they are good.
Is there an easy way to tell whether I need the gasket with the drain port or without, without disassembling anything?
To tell whether your unit has the drain port or not just look into the bottom of the door boot and look for a hole that looks like a drain.