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Unfortunately, my 10-year-old Bosch is making a very disturbing noise so I am thinking the bearing has gone .Also one of its feet dropped off when I  moved it recently and although I tried to screw it back in, the threaded plate got bent somewhat so the foot is now at an angle.The machine is level mind but I don't suppose it will remain secure for long.The choice I have here is to get a repair done or buy a new one and I am thinking that because of repair costs, the latter would make more sense provided I can find a machine which does not have a welded drum unit. Another thing that might be helpful is knowing the number of wash cycles a particular washer is designed to do as that would give me some idea of its longevity based on usage.( I use mine about 2-3 times per week).

On both those, I cannot find anything online so I am relying on advice and would very grateful for any given.Thanks

 

as far as a  non welded washer is concerned, one has been recommended to me - the Bosch WAN 28100GB which i have well in mind .Currys have two other Bosch which they alone appear to sell WAN 28280GB or the WAN 28080GB and I am wondering if they are from the same stable so to speak.

I am not totally wedded to Bosch so other suggestions would be welcome as well.Maybe Siemens or Miele provided they fulfill my requirement

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I dont know how reliable the Candy range are, but apparently made by hoover now, but coming from a Bosch machine and how reliable and well made they normally  maybe your not too interested in a Candy but argos (if i am allowed to name companies on here)  are doing a NFC 9KG 1400rpm spin speed washing machine for only 250 pounds ! - seems great price, you can download special wash programmes to it by NFC (android phone with NFC feature)  and it transfers problems and diagnostics to the phone if the machine ever does act up. Good luck
http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6683720

 

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thanks for that.Unfortunately Candy machines apparently also have sealed drums, making them irreparable when it comes replacing the bearing .the NFC optiondoes look a good idea and is not one I have heard of before so I will bear that  in mind on any future purchase

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Most brands are now making washing machines with the outer drums welded together. Once one brand comes up with a money saving method they all follow suit. The only ones I know that definitely don't have welded drums is Miele - designed for equivalent of 20 years washing.

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1 hour ago, Whitegoodshelp (Andy) said:

Most brands are now making washing machines with the outer drums welded together. Once one brand comes up with a money saving method they all follow suit. The only ones I know that definitely don't have welded drums is Miele - designed for equivalent of 20 years washing.

 

and its the only brand that gives wash cycle figures as well.I think the cheapest one they do may be sufficient for my requirements

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4 hours ago, Strikealimey said:

thanks for that.Unfortunately Candy machines apparently also have sealed drums, making them irreparable when it comes replacing the bearing .the NFC optiondoes look a good idea and is not one I have heard of before so I will bear that  in mind on any future purchase

ah yes I see what you mean - my Hotpoint WMUD started being noisy on spin and the drum bearings were going, and on that it was a sealed drum where you couldnt just change the bearings couldnt 'split' the drum outer tub either. I ended up getting a complete tub off internet for 90quid and replacing the whole drum before the bearings totally went, lovely and quiet after that. If it had been a previous Hotpoint I would have been able to get a set of drum bearings for around 20quid. 

My Previous Hotpoint (wmf model I think it was) was a great machine for servicing. The whole front of the machine could be removed by screws, getting easy access to the drum and lower drum weight and the pump and all that. And the drum could be split in half, and the bearings could just be replaced on their own. I wish they would have stayed with that design, much much better for repairing and servicing. I bet its cheaper these days when manufacturing the machine to produce a sealed drum now. I dunno, maybe a sealed type non replaceable bearing on the back might stop dirt and water getting into bearings as well, maybe thats why they seal them in now? (not just to force consumer to replace whole drum, or for cheapness? - maybe the outer tub cannot be split any more because the water leaked past the seal where the tub splits in half?) 

Good luck anyway. 

 

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cheapest Miele washing machine is 700quid (£699) and only 7kg.... thats a fair hefty price, but then again I suppose you have to take into account that Miele always has a good reputation for going on for years and years...

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3 hours ago, andyr12345 said:

cheapest Miele washing machine is 700quid (£699) and only 7kg.... thats a fair hefty price, but then again I suppose you have to take into account that Miele always has a good reputation for going on for years and years...

 

Actually, the cheapest is the WDA 101which can be bought for £599.Still a hefty price but with a projected ifespan of 20 years I reckon it is worth the money

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On 30/04/2017 at 14:12, andyr12345 said:

I bet its cheaper these days when manufacturing the machine to produce a sealed drum now. I dunno, maybe a sealed type non replaceable bearing on the back might stop dirt and water getting into bearings as well, maybe thats why they seal them in now? (not just to force consumer to replace whole drum, or for cheapness? - maybe the outer tub cannot be split any more because the water leaked past the seal where the tub splits in half?) 
 

Hi, the only reason is to save money on screws, and presumably it makes assembling on the production line easier and quicker. It might not sound much, but if you can save on the cost of about 20 large screws on every washing machine you can save a significant cost when you make millions a year. The only other possible "advantage" is that they don't have to store and stock any of the parts inside the outer drum as spare parts because you only sell the whole thing. I would imagine that saves manufactures much more money than the savings in screws. There's no advantage to customers unless by any chance some of these savings are passed on to us in lower purchase costs. However, even if they are the savings are in my opinion far outweighed by the drastic lack of repairability and shorter life many of them will have.

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