Amana ALW480DA Washing Machine

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Yet Another Failed Tub Bearing

Jan 11, 2008 (Updated Jan 11, 2008)
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Pros:Nothing positive can be said about ALW480DAW.

Cons:Uncommonly poor design of the bearing/seal/hub assembly

I was given a 2004 'Commercial Quality' ALW480DAW because they couldn't stand the noise it made during spin (guests have since asked me if I have a heliport in the laundry room). Started gushing water out the bottom this week. Disassembly yields a failed tub seal and failed bearing.

This washer was made from part numbers different from the ones shown in the service manual. Looking up the actual numbers stamped on the parts (eg 2200067 for the hub) shows that the parts used in this 2004 washer are obsolete and 'no longer available' at any price. If I'd have been unlucky enough to pay a service visit, they'd have consulted the Service Manual for ALW480DAW and brought the wrong parts.

Amana mfg'd this washer using obsolete parts not shown in their own service manual and it failed after 3 years of use by a semi-retired couple and a single guy.


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