Washing machine welded drums why you can’t change the bearings

by / Tuesday, 05 May 2015 / Published in Drum & Bearings, Repair Guides, Washing machines

Why can't you change the bearings in most washing machines any more!! 




Paul answers


Hi All

I have been doing repairs for 30 years and I think it is disgusting that the manufactures do this on a lot of washing machines , there is no saving on the way that they make the drums like this, and there is only a few bolts that saves them few pennies. We are meant to be caring about the environment but now most of the manufactures are doing these welded drums to build in obsolesce. Washing Machines should be able to be repaired, where possible affordably.
I would advise all our customers and viewers to make sure, when buying a new washing machine that they ask the sales man/woman (is the drum welded or can I change the drum bearings) and If not, find one that can be done. Avoid all manufactures that build machines like this as they are deliberately building them this way so that they only last so many cycles, and there for guarantee that the washing machine will only last so many years before you have to buy a new one.


 Even the people at Which? Magazine say this: To see their article click here

Which? magazine reliability expert Matt Stevens says: 'It’s madness that consumers are faced with repairs costing as much as a new machine. Manufacturers need to make machines that can be repaired cheaply and easily and need to share all of the information they hold about how to repair their machines with independent repair specialists.


Please will all readers of this article leave your opinion, however blunt, below including the make of the machine and Use the share button below to expose this information to friends and family.

 Just maybe one of the manufactures will listen to sense.

A welded Washing Machine Drum

welded drum

To replace this Starts at £140 to £400 Plus!!!


A Non Welded Washing Machine Drum

drum that splits with screws

To replace the bearings and seals start from £10 to about £50 Affordable!!


With smooth production like this, Why do the manufactures of all machines need to weld the drums?

Some things you can do with a washing machine drum when the bearings are gone.

1 they make great flower pots.
2 clothes line pole holder with wheels.
3 shop lights.
4 flood lights.
5 out side display lights with plants.
6 fire pits. to keep you warm.
7 Gas bbq racks with volcanic rock,
8 complete BBQ
9 log store.
10 Bar Table.
and my favorite small wind turbine

Some things you can do with a washing machine drum when the bearings are gone.

184 Responses to “Washing machine welded drums why you can’t change the bearings”

  1. Antony says : Reply

    So, what UK machines have non-welded drums that are reasonably priced? The replacement drum that I got off ebay for my current Hotpoint is going again after 3 years, it makes a right noise when spinning.

  2. RogerH says : Reply

    4 year old Hotpoint WMFUG942PUK.
    after long search i found that no bearings are available (because it’s a sealed drum). suddenly the parts diagram makes sense.
    new drum assembly is £155
    is it worth it, or should get a new washer?

  3. Stephen says : Reply

    I found a company making washing machines in the UK. They don’t make machines with non serviceable drums. No welded split tubs/drums. I just purchased a new machine from a company called EBAC. Won’t bother with BOSCH ever again! Best off buying British.

  4. Nick S says : Reply

    I sawed open the sealed drum on my Hotpoint WMXTF 942 Extra washing machine and replaced the bearings which are 6207-2RS and 6206-2RS and the seal which is 40 x 72 x 10 – R23 – NBR. Before cutting open the drum I drilled a series of 4mm holes around the welded flange and could then use M4 x 20 pan head set screws with nyloc nuts to reconnect each half of the drum using lead and gutter sealant between the flanges. Cost of parts about £40.

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