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Hi there,

I have a Hotpoint Aquarius WF321. On spin it is very loud, a rattling noise as if a piece of metal is stuck inside. When the drum is rotated manually by hand it sounds relatively smooth, no harsh grinding, more like fine sandpaper being pushed on wooden surface.

The machine is 11 years old. In Curry’s, they suggested the brushes gone. But, the bearing may also be on the way out?

Any more opinions are welcome. Wondering if I should replace machine or go for brushes replacement.



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Hello David. If it's a metallic sound then it's highly unlikely to be brushes. An easy way to determine if the noise is caused by the motor or something in the drum is to just take off the drive belt. If it sounds like a piece of metal is stuck inside it may actually be something like that. Underwires from bras are very common causing a scraping metallic sound but normally if one gets stuck inside it is constantly touching the drum so can be heard when the drum is spun by hand. A noisy washing machine can be caused by so many things that I had to write to lengthy articles to cover them all. Obviously at 11 years old it's not going to be worth spending much money at all, you could easily argue that 11 years these days is plenty and quite lucky. Here are links to my two articles which you should hopefully spend time to carefully read because it contains every possible cause of the noise that I can think of - Washing machine is noisy | More possible causes of a noisy washing machine

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