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Hi all, hoping someone here can help with an issue I have.

I brought a new Hisense washer dryer, it's 10kg/6kg. I'm having issues where the wash cycle will, more times than not, bang when it reaches the spin parts of the programme, the rinse / spin part. I've been having this issue since receiving the appliance and so far Currys (who installed it) checked and it is all level, good clearance etc. Have also spoken to Hisense who have ruled out bearings, and I initially thought it was the power cable/waste pipe vibrating against the back of the machine. However, after pulling the machine out, for the 50th time, I was getting the same sound and there was nothing vibrating against it.

I've been experiencing this with various types of clothing, bedding and towels. The load has also been under the capacity for the programme. I've also tried redistributing the items when the noise appears, which in my opinion is ridiculous that I may have to mother the thing, but all of this still results in the noise. It doesn't always happen making me think it's the drum, for some reason, off balance at times. I've contacted Hisense again to see if they can send someone to investigate as it's mostly unusable due to the noise it makes.

I've included a link to a OneDrive folder containing three videos of the machine pulled out making the noise. Any ideas or suggestions?

It's a shame as the machine seems good everywhere else, just the spins causing issues.

https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ao1egAu6EwijulL5AtC7hKT9YnAC?e=WUzJ3q

Thanks for any help in advanced!

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Hi. Has all of the transit packaging been removed? The whole machine appears to be shaking, which happens if the suspension is restricted. 
 

The washing machine drum capacity is way too big at 10kg. I don’t know why they insist on making them. Back in the 50s 60s and 70s the drum capacity was just 4kg and no one ever complained 😁

They eventually got bigger, and 6 or 7Kg is more than enough unless you can virtually double the amount of laundry you used to put in before. 
 

If you don’t wash massive loads they are a waste of time. When you put your average  normal wash load in one of these they are under loaded, and it can be difficult for the washing machine to adequately balance the drum. 
 

You then get loads that refuse to spin, or shake around a lot. Having said that yours is making an unhealthy sounding noise like something is loose or catching. 
 

To trace such a noise you need the lid and back panel off to observe what’s happening and use ears to locate where the sound is coming from. 
 

I would do that and disconnect washer from the mains and then move and bend and shake everything to see if I can replicate the noise. I would also check that the drum pulley isn’t loose. 

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Hi Andy,

Thanks for the reply!

The four transit bolts were removed, this was confirmed when Currys visited again to double check installation a couple weeks ago. You mentioned it seems to be shaking a lot, I assumed that was normal but maybe could be indicating a problem?

My main reason for getting a 10kg was due to space constraints I needed a washer dryer, so this also gives me a larger dry capacity. The added benefit is that I do a load of washing once a week or so.

I have no idea what I would be doing to get those panels off, and given it's under warranty, only a few weeks old, I would be worried I'd make it worse or cause something else!

It's good to know that there might be something wrong as this happens with all kinds of loads, I understand the possibility of underloading it but I do try to ensure it has a decent amount in it. The videos where there's the noise it had a quilt cover, sheet, pillow cases, two pillow protector and a proctor sheet. Which I feel like is an adequate size load.

I also had a similar issue today. The was had a large bath towel and two smaller towels, both loosely placed in to try and give it a better chance of balancing. With that load it was hit and miss, would be giving the noise then as the spin got faster it went, then came back again when it slowed down and started again. This load would have been probably around 5kg, which I assumed would have been okay?

I've been having this issue since the machine was installed, with various different loads. Practically every wash caused it, my phone is full of videos!

I have emailed the videos to Hisense, will be giving them a call when they're open after all the holidays to try and get someone to look at it.

Thanks again!

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Hi. 5Kg is only half the drum capacity, so the drum would be quite under loaded. With cottons you need almost twice as much unless they are a very large size. This is the problem with 10Kg drums.
 

I read that the average official wash load people in the UK do is about 4.5Kg. 
 

Having said that, under-loading shouldn’t really make that weird noise, unless the noise is something innocuous that’s just made worse with an unbalanced load. 

To work out if the drum is unbalanced you need to see the revolving drum, which is what you should try to film (unless you can’t see through the door).

An unbalanced  load would usually have flashes of an empty part of the drum each revolution, or you would see a small section with very few clothes compared to the rest of the drum. 
 

Each revolution would see a flash of the section of the drum that was empty or not as full as the rest of it. As the drum revolves it would swing from side to side. 
 

Then, when it kicks into the proper spin you would get it thumping around unevenly with a thump on each revolution. After reaching full spin, unless it’s really bad, things should settle a bit and the thumping stops but the machine might shake and be noisier than usual. Then when spin has finished you usually get more thumping as the drum speed winds down. 
 

If you don’t observe this, it may be that the cause of your problem is something else. When the engineer came to check it, did he test it with a load of laundry inside or not? If not, that’s pretty useless. 
 

 

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I will take that into account for future, I had no idea you could under load a machine! Unfortunately, I can't replace it with a smaller drum unless it's faulty, since it's been used 😔.

With the load that is shown in my videos, I do remember it looking like there wasn't any gaps, it is a little difficult to see as it's a tinted window, but I don't remember seeing the shiny drum as it spins.

When the thumping is occurring it usually doesn't settle and will be spinning at 1000 or 1400 with the loud thumping, if this happens I just stop the machine and deal with wetter washing.

I haven't yet had an engineer out, when Currys looked to check the installation they just made sure it was level, and the transport bolts were out, they did put it on a spin with some items in it and noticed the noise but they just said "bearings" and said I needed to contact the manufacture. I then spoke to Hisense customer service afterwards and they ruled out bearings as I can move the drum with my hand and there's no noise. They then blamed it on lack of space and that it was vibrating against something. Unfortunately, at the time I had no way to prove otherwise as the noise didn't occur when I pulled it out, but that is no longer the case and I did manage to have it happen with no obstructions around it.

I'm hoping to get a Hisense engineer out to investigate it and will make sure to have a load of washing ready for them to try it out. Given it is sometimes not always happening though, you might be right with it being underloaded. I will just have to start ensuring there's more in it than I think is enough.

Worse case if it is deemed no fault, then it's an expensive learning experience that a bigger drum isn't better 😅

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36 minutes ago, terbe said:

I also had a similar issue today. The was had a large bath towel and two smaller towels,

I would say that would be an underloaded drum even on a 5Kg washing machine. 
 

I once reviewed an 8Kg drum washing machine and our lass put the following amount of washing inside 

 

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I’ve had another listen to your videos, and the noise it is making is something that definitely needs looking at!

It’s not normal, and sounds like something serious will result from ignoring it. 
 

A badly loaded drum may exacerbate it but, that’s not the noise of an unbalanced load so there must be something wrong to be causing that noise. Please let us know how you get on. 

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You should be ok with the washing machine once it’s properly fixed. Just try to wash a lot of stuff at a time to reduce the amount of wash loads the washing machine does. That’s how you make a large capacity drum washing machine more economical to run and last longer. 
 

 

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it could be something as simple as the pipe that comes from sump to water level switch has come unclipped from the outer drum and bashing on the side of the washing machine cabinet. I have had that happen on one of our older Hotpoint washing machines and it makes a right racket when spinning . If it is that its not dangerous / serious. - The small diameter black rubber pipe leading to the water level switch would actually be on that right hand side when looking face on to the washing machine and somewhere near to the bottom is some kind of white plastic air chamber I think it is , and if that was banging at the edge of the cabinet inside when its spinning that's another sound  it could make like that .

Other than that a faulty shock absorber on that side of the drum which should be easy for them to replace under warranty , inside your home - that noise would change as the spin revolves faster and as the drum shakes more as the drum is spinning faster the banging noise would get louder and faster sounding like that. 

What else could it be - well you have 2 very large springs at the top of the tub either side , if the one on the right has become loose and banging on the outer inside of the cabinet that would make that noise too and cause the machine to shake as it spins as would a faulty shock absorber on that side or not bolted properly at the bottom of the machine. 

Hope you get it sorted OK.



 

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Hi both, as an update have finally gotten Hisense to arrange an engineer. They are coming out on Tuesday to look at it, have provided them with the videos and the suggestions from both of you in the hope it helps identify the issue.

Customer service still adamant it is space related, even though my video has it in the middle of the kitchen 😅 and it's a standard with washing machine 

I will report back next week with hopefully good news!

Thanks again both of you for your time looking at the videos 😀 

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Thanks for the update. Anyone can see from the videos that something is catching and knocking, which shouldn’t be, and also that it’s not the cabinet catching on anything due to being badly positioned. 
 

Having had another listen I think Andy may be right, it sounds like something tapping on the inside of the cabinet. Something like the wiring harness or a metal clip etc. 

It’s definitely unacceptable and needs fixing. 

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yes, its not the space its in condition because you pulled it out. I cannot blame their CS suggesting that because I have seen how some people have wedged their washing machines into a space under the worktop with no space even though the instructions say to leave a space around the machine.  - thats why its best they send someone out in person , there will be loads of times where they cannot diagnose things over the phone and this is one such instance where they need a physical engineer in front of the machine. 

Good luck with it and hope you get on OK . Hopefully just a quick job after he removes lid can see what it is and go directly to the fault and that you are not waiting for parts or replacement machine too long and that he can fix the problem directly on the spot. 


 

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I remember some Indesit washing machines that made a similarly horrible noise. They were 1600 rpm and way too flimsy in build quality to cope with it.
 

There was a hose that was held by a clip (too tightly) and on full spin the clip and hose moved around at pace and constantly tapped on the casing. Shoddy. 

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Interesting. My mum had a whirlpool I think a few months ago that made a very similar noise. They just put up with it for a few years and replaced it, no idea why!

Maybe it's a relatively common thing.

13 minutes ago, andyr12345 said:

yes, its not the space its in condition because you pulled it out. I cannot blame their CS suggesting that because I have seen how some people have wedged their washing machines into a space under the worktop with no space even though the instructions say to leave a space around the machine.  - thats why its best they send someone out in person , there will be loads of times where they cannot diagnose things over the phone and this is one such instance where they need a physical engineer in front of the machine. 

Good luck with it and hope you get on OK . Hopefully just a quick job after he removes lid can see what it is and go directly to the fault and that you are not waiting for parts or replacement machine too long and that he can fix the problem directly on the spot. 


 

I would usually give them the benefit of dought as working in software diagnosis without seeing anything is mostly impossible. In this instance though they have seen the same videos I linked above so would have seen it pulled out.

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8 minutes ago, Whitegoodshelp (Andy) said:

I remember some Indesit washing machines that made a similarly horrible noise. They were 1600 rpm and way too flimsy in build quality to cope with it.
 

There was a hose that was held by a clip (too tightly) and on full spin the clip and hose moved around at pace and constantly tapped on the casing. Shoddy. 

yep, that's all it takes some times and you think "wow listen to the racket it makes" and sounds a lot more serious than it is. 

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2 minutes ago, terbe said:

In this instance though they have seen the same videos I linked above so would have seen it pulled out.

Wow. If they’ve seen the videos and think there’s nowt wrong that’s not a good sign. Unfortunately a lot of brands of washing machine are just not built well enough to cope with fast spin speeds. Crude suspension, everything crammed in too small a place, poor insulation and cabinet thickness …

 

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I suppose a bra strap or wire has been ruled out stuck between the inner and outer drum of the washing machine? - they make a hell of a scrape sound especially when machine is spinning. 

 

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2 minutes ago, andyr12345 said:

I suppose a bra strap or wire has been ruled out stuck between the inner and outer drum of the washing machine? - they make a hell of a scrape sound especially when machine is spinning. 

 

It’s way too noisy and heavy a sound for that to me. The bra wires usually cause a light thin metallic tapping sound. 

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Just now, andyr12345 said:

What is Hisense now? - is it a Curry's own brand like their Logik washing machines is it?

I don’t know a lot about them but I think they are a massive Chinese brand. My impression is they are budget quality. 

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4 minutes ago, andyr12345 said:

I suppose a bra strap or wire has been ruled out stuck between the inner and outer drum of the washing machine? - they make a hell of a scrape sound especially when machine is spinning. 

 

Nothing has been in it that would have a wire in it that I can think of. No bras or anything.

2 minutes ago, andyr12345 said:

What is Hisense now? - is it a Curry's own brand like their Logik washing machines is it?

As far as I know its a independent brand.

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47 minutes ago, terbe said:

Customer service still adamant it is space related, even though my video has it in the middle of the kitchen

By the way. To rule out the feet or wheels tapping due to being on an uneven floor, does the noise stop when you put pressure on the top of the machine and hold it steady?

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3 minutes ago, Whitegoodshelp (Andy) said:

I don’t know a lot about them but I think they are a massive Chinese brand. My impression is they are budget quality. 

As a non expert and average consumer. It seems decent quality on the outside. Of course internally it could be another story!

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