GE HydroWave...agitator makes thumping sound
Hello, I have a GE HydroWave washer,model WHDRR418G/WW that is a little more than 2 years old. It works fine except for... rather than a smooth back and forth agitation, it is agitating back and forth with a thumping sound as it shifts directions. After the water drains the spin cycle works fine until it has to fill up and agitate again. I have a feeling this symptom will only get worse although it has not as of yet. Answer
With the washer off , I can manually move the agitator back and forth with a small amount of slop. I could feel and hear the thumping that occurs during the agitation cycle. I went to Home Depot and compared to a new one and it is firm with no slop. I pulled the agitator off and inspected both the agitator and the bell coupler . No missing spines or anything like that. I then put my socket wrench on the 7/16 screw head and turned the main shaft back and forth. I could feel the slop again, so it's something down below. Any suggestions? Loose brackets? If it's a transmission problem, are they repairable inside or just replaceable ? Thanks, Glenn
Hi Glenn, Replacement parts in General Electric WHDRR418G0WW Washer
More than likely it is a bad mode sifter. Remove the front of the washer and watch it during wash. If the entire spin basket turns droning wash the mode sifter is bad. This will cause the bracket on the motor to hit each time it changes directions.
This page should help. HydroWave Ge Washer Noisy
Also if you want to replace the mode sifter this page will help GE washer Disassembly
As for the play you are getting in the agitator it is fairly normal the get some loose play in the shaft and when you shake the agitator back and forth you will hear a bump/clank noise. But when it is agitating you shouldn’t hear it. I think the mode sifter is the problem and if not post a comment and we will go from there.
Also no, the transmission/mode sifter isn’t serviceable you will have to replace the entire assembly.