How To Fix a Washing Machine That’s Making Loud Noises

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If your washing machine is making loud noises, there’s a good chance it needs some repairs. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to fix a washing machine that’s making loud noises. We’ll also provide tips on how to prevent this from happening again in the future. Keep reading for more information.

Simple fixes

An unbalanced load or loose objects

If your washing machine is noisy, there are a few possible causes. Unbalanced or heavy loads can cause the washer to shake and vibrate, making a lot of noise. Another possibility is that there are loose items in the washer, such as coins or buttons. These can bounce around and cause the washer to make a lot of noise. 

Finally, if the washing machine is not level, it can also be noisy. To fix this, simply adjust the legs until the washer is level. By addressing these common causes of noise, you can quickly and easily fix a loud washing machine.

A loose object caught in the seal

Another common cause of a loud washing machine is loose objects caught in the rubber seal. Over time, coins, buttons and other small items can become lodged in the seal, making the machine vibrate and produce a loud noise. 

Fortunately, this problem is relatively easy to fix. Simply remove the seal and carefully remove any loose objects. Once the seal is clear, replace it and enjoy the peace and quiet of a well-running machine.

Important note:

If the debris has passed the rubber seal and is between the plastic tub and the washer drum, it can pick up a lot of momentum during the spin cycle. In some cases, it can move fast enough to puncture the machine, causing irreparable damage—and most likely causing a flood!

If you suspect that an item is caught in between the tub and drum, it’s advisable to call a service professional sooner rather than later. With their help, you can avoid any further damage to your machine and your home.

A loose object caught in the lint filter

Another reason for a washing machine to be loud is if there are loose objects in the lint trap. These objects can include loose coins, buttons or even small pieces of fabric. The best way to fix this problem is to simply clean out the lint trap and remove any loose objects. 

Check your manual to find where the lint trap is located on your specific model. The lint filter is usually located on the front bottom-right of the machine, along the side or inside the top of the center agitator (if you have a top-loading machine). Once you have found it, use a small brush or your fingers to remove any debris that may be causing the noise.

More complex fixes

If you’re the type of person who likes to get their hands dirty and fix things around the house, then you’ll be happy to know that there are a number of repairs you can conduct yourself.

However, it’s important to remember that not all repairs are simple and straightforward. If you have any doubts about your ability to safely and effectively conduct a particular repair, it’s always best to consult a professional.

Loud Noises When Agitating

If your washer is making a grinding noise during agitating or the spin cycle, it may be time to replace the tub bearings. Washer tub bearings are designed to last the lifetime of the appliance, but regular use, prolonged exposure to harsh detergents and overload conditions can cause them to fail.

Replacing washing machine tub bearings is a repair that should be conducted by a qualified technician. However, if you’re feeling confident in your DIY skills, and have a few hours to spare, you can follow these simple steps to replace your washing machine’s tub bearings:

1. Unplug and disconnect your washer, and pull it away from the wall. Remove the back panel of your washing machine. This will give you access to the tub bearings.

In top load washers, there is normally a bearing at the bottom or input of the transmission and another where the shaft attaches to the inner tub.

Front-load washers typically use two bearings to support the wash basket shaft and they’re located at the rear of the outer tub.

The bearings are protected from the wash water by a tub seal. 

2. Inspect the bearings and seals for signs of wear or damage. If the bearings or seals are damaged, they will need to be replaced.

Loud Noises When Filling

If you notice that your washer is leaking or not filling up with water as quickly as it used to, it’s likely time to replace the inlet valve. This is a relatively simple repair that you can do yourself, and all you’ll need is a few basic tools. Here’s how to do it:

1. Shut off the water supply to your washer. Remove the back panel to access the inlet valve. Then, remove the hoses from the inlet valve by unscrewing the retaining nuts. 

2. Next, use a screwdriver to loosen the mounting screws and remove the valve from the washer.

3. Take the new valve and line it up with the holes in the washer. Secure it in place with the mounting screws.

4. Reattach the hoses, turn on the water supply, and test out your new inlet valve.

Loud Noises While Draining

Replacing your washer’s drain pump is a fairly simple process that anyone with a few basic tools can do. Just follow these steps:

1. Unplug your washer and unhook the water supply lines.

2. Remove the access panel from the back of your washer so that you can access the pump. Once you have the panel off, remove the three screws that hold the pump in place.

3. With the screws removed, you should be able to pull the old pump out and replace it with the new one.

4. Simply reverse the process to reassemble your washer. Once you’ve put everything back together, turn on your water supply and give your washer a test run to make sure that the new pump is working properly. 

If everything seems to be working correctly, you’re all done!

If all else fails…

If you have tried the above and are still having problems with your washer, it’s time for a professional. Don’t try to fix it yourself if you don’t know what you are doing—call in a pro!

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