I bought a 2-3 year old LG WM2277HM front load washer about 1 year ago. It's a decent washer, but rather unreliable.
My latest problem is a sound coming from the back of the drum. I can only guess that the bearing is bad, but I've never heard a bearing make that sound before. I recorded a video to try and help describe the issue (around 0:08 is the clearest audio): http://www.youtube.c...h?v=wTA_cj67OrM
The pulsing "plastic" noise is what I think the problem is. When running at high speed during the spin cycle, I can hear it from across the house (40-50 yards), and can smell burning plastic.
I've gone through the service manual and done all of the related troubleshooting steps. There is nothing caught between the drum and housing. The only thing I haven't done is inspected stator and rotor assembly for any contact issues (friction causing the burning smell).
I've read online that if it is the bearing, the machine is as good as trash, since replacing it is not worth the cost of labor/parts. Sears has a service contract for $300 that will cover the machine fully for one year. Does anyone think that it's worth the extra investment?