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Duet Squeaks During Wash Tumbles
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Post# 954203   8/23/2017 at 11:33 by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        

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This has been going on (on and off) for years....Sometimes when I'm washing a load, it sounds like "baby birds" as the drum is rotating washing the clothes (It's that kind of a squeak sound).....It doesn't always do it, but it seems like the hotter the wash, the more I notice it.....and other times it won't do it at all. It's just that lately, I seem to notice it more than in the past. In the past, I would hear it, and maybe a year would go by that I wouldn't hear it again....then it will start back for a while. It's not overly loud - you have to be standing in the laundry room to hear's very faint and I can think of no other way to describe the sound like that.
I don't hear it during rinses or weird is that?

I mean, the machine is approaching 13 yrs old....I get the feeling that whatever it is it isn't serious. I'm just really curious what it may be. The Belt?

Post# 954220 , Reply# 1   8/23/2017 at 12:45 by Whatsername (Boulder, CO)        

My direct drive LG does this sometimes. Less than a year old.

Post# 954224 , Reply# 2   8/23/2017 at 13:03 by henene4 (Germany)        

I always supposed that was due to thermal expansion, and caused by any somewhat lubricated parts (the points where the springs hook into the frame, bearings and their seals) or the dampers. Same as that weired slight knocking\ticking sound you sometimes here during high temp cycles.

I even heared such noises on the verry first wash cycle in our current AEG. The hotter, the "rougher" the berings sounded.

Post# 954228 , Reply# 3   8/23/2017 at 13:24 by appnut (TX)        

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Mine squeaks. Cabinet.

Post# 954232 , Reply# 4   8/23/2017 at 13:44 by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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I have a squeak sometimes.  I always figured it's the shock absorbers, as the squeak is pretty much timed to the motion of the tub.


Post# 954250 , Reply# 5   8/23/2017 at 15:29 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Mark takes the checkered flag for the perfect description of what he's hearing: "It sounds like baby birds."

Brilliant. 🏁👏👏

Post# 954263 , Reply# 6   8/23/2017 at 16:44 by brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

I have the same with mine, it happens just at the point the tub starts to move during the wash tumbles. It never occurs during spin.

I've assumed that its the belt slipping slightly and chirping, but I havent been motivated enough to spend the $90 and order a new belt so I can find out.

Mine is about 6 years old now.

Post# 954266 , Reply# 7   8/23/2017 at 17:41 by appnut (TX)        

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Mine is direct drive.  I can push on the cabinet a bit and it squeaks.  It squeaks when it's doing a balance spin. I've heard the same noise on a couple of YouTube videos of Duets. 

Post# 954275 , Reply# 8   8/23/2017 at 18:31 by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
I have not heard anything like that:

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From my FL. However I have only had the SQ for 19 Months. Have heard large machines do it in commercial settings. Usually means the belts (There's always 2 on the big guys) are on the way out. When it really gets bad it will screech when the spin motor starts. This sound will shatter your eardrums and make you hope the belts F----ng break so your cheap-ass boss has to replace them.

Post# 955629 , Reply# 9   9/1/2017 at 16:30 by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        
I had planned on

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the next time I did laundry, to record with my cam hoping the sound would show up on the video....but the last 8 loads of laundry (hot washes), not a single squeak...

I don't get it!

Post# 955632 , Reply# 10   9/1/2017 at 17:06 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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My Affinity does something similar, but it's more of a "scritching" sound that's sometimes accompanied by a muted squeaking that actually sounds like a squeak and not baby birds.  Usually it's with a heavy load and usually it's at the start of rotation, and usually is slightly more pronounced in the counter-clockwise direction.  It's been doing this for years and it hasn't gotten any worse.  The machine is nine years old.

Post# 955637 , Reply# 11   9/1/2017 at 17:22 by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
did you check the following

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did you check if your duet washer made that sound when you turn the wash tub empty? and did you also check if it was not the bearings starting to fail? i wash a load my duet made a squeak sound but it did not last

Post# 955660 , Reply# 12   9/1/2017 at 21:45 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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I had a 1960 GE washer that did that when as it filled. The tub would drop slightly too.

Post# 955727 , Reply# 13   9/2/2017 at 10:09 by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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My MHW5100 squeaks when it spins at low speed too.
And the matching dryer cabinet will squeak with temp fluctuations.

I mean,,,,, this WP series is pretty rock solid except for the squeaky body panels.
Hope they address it.

Post# 955754 , Reply# 14   9/2/2017 at 13:28 by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        

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when turning the empty tub both directions, no squeaks. Smooth as silk and normal sounding.

Years ago when it first started doing this - I think (if I'm remembering correctly) it was only ONE direction of the tumble that it made the sound...but lately, it's both directions of tumble (never during spins though)

My dryer has squeaked for YEARS...but once it heats up, it stops. I'm going to check each load of laundry I do and when I hear it again, I'm going to record it and post it. I'm not sure what that would accomplish though, because no one really seems to know what it is.

Post# 955781 , Reply# 15   9/2/2017 at 18:52 by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        
I caught the squeak

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You can hear it seems louder going one direction than the other, but it does it in both directions.

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Post# 955788 , Reply# 16   9/2/2017 at 20:13 by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
maybe you should do the following

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maybe you should do the following open up your duet washer while it do a load and check while it washs if the belt is not crack or if its not rusty bearing?

Post# 955790 , Reply# 17   9/2/2017 at 20:24 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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It is probably a slightly worn belt, if it really brothers you change the belt, but it is unlikely to fail in the life of the washer.

Post# 955792 , Reply# 18   9/2/2017 at 20:33 by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        
as long

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as it's not the bearings or something like that. I was hoping it was just the belt being worn...thanks.

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