I have a GE Hydrowave washer that is only a little over a year old. Previous to this it worked like a dream and I really loved it. It was SO quiet that we barely even noticed it was running.
Then a few days ago when I went to wash a load of laundry, I noticed it was making a squeaking/squealing sound during the wash/agitation cycle. It only makes this sound during that cycle. It almost sounds like metal squeaking against metal. It does not do it during the spin cycle or any other cycle. Even when it's not running, if I open the lid and move the basket around, it makes this squeaking sound. I did notice though that when I washed a couple small things on the gentle/delicates cycle, it did not make the squeaking sound.
I was looking around on the internet trying to find out if this is a common problem and ran across a website that said that such a squeaking sound could be the suspension rods and that they may need to either just be greased with a lithium grease or that all four rods may need to be replaced.
I'm not sure enough this is the problem though to go ahead with it.
We just bought this washer in June of 09 to replace a 4 year old Amana piece of junk that had the transmission go out. The price to fix the transmission even under the 10 year warranty would have been almost the same price I paid for the new one I have now. I'm really hoping this is something simple to fix that perhaps my husband can do himself considering just having an appliance guy come out and look at it will cost us a minimum of $50.
I really love this washer when it's working but I am SO disappointed that we're having problems with it after only a little over a year of use. I went with GE because we have had other GE appliances including a GE dryer that has been working like a charm for 11 years and have been pretty happy with them. I'm just hoping that this is an easy fix. If anyone can tell me what could possibly be causing this noise and how to fix it, I'd be very appreciative as we are a family of 5 and really don't have the money to be paying for expensive repairs or to buy another new washer AGAIN.