Maytag/Whirlpool Complaint - Don't buy Maytag 3000 Series Front Loader Washer - Tub Bearing Design Flaw
553 BENSON ROAD, MICHIGAN -- Bought the washer new in 2009 for new home. Begain using 6 months after purchase. After about 6 months started hearing a knock during the spin cycle. The knock grew louder over time. I checked and rechecked the level. It was out of warranty. After checking for loose bolts, etc. I found that the bearing on the tub had worn and was wobbling in the race. That created heat and caused the bearing to swell and jam the inner tub inside the outer tub. I called for a new bearing but had to purchase a new tub from Marcone for over $300. I pounded out the jammed inner tub.
The new tub slid right in and all was quiet - until about 5 or 6 months later and it's started all over again. Maytag says they have no other complaints. Now why would they tell me if they did. They said I could have a repair man come and replace the tub at my expense. I kindly suggested if that's the best they can do, I will not buy their products again.
I'm not a wash machine engineer but I can look at the bearing and tub design and know there's no way for the bearing and tub to hold the weight of water and wet clothes. It's a bad design. I recommend staying away from Maytag. I don't know if Whirlpool or other front load designs are the same. Hope not.