Washing Machine Making Noise ?

Washing Machine Making Noise ? We are all used to the different noises a washing machine produces during it’s washing cycle. However, it is important to be aware of any unusual sounds, because this can turn out to be a serious issue. Several things may be causing your washing machine to make too much noise. The source of the noise, its intensity and at wich moment in the cycle it occurs, are all parameters to take into account.

Why Does the Washing Machine Make Noise?

The door seal is badly positioned 

The door seal is what separates the inside of your machine from the outside. It can get bent out of shape, wear out or end up rubbing against the drum. When the drum begins spinning and it makes a loud noise, then there is an issue. In such a case, you can try and put your washing machine door seal back on properly. If you have tried this and it still doesn’t work, you will have to replace the seal.

The drain pump is blocked 

The drain pump drains the water several times during the washing cycle. If the noise is occurring every time your machine drains the water, you will need to remove the drain filter and then check that there is nothing inside the cavity leading to the pump (parts, screws, etc.). If there is still a noise once this has been checked, you need to consider replacing your drain pump.

The door lock is defective 

Your washing machine’s door locks via an electromagnetic coil. The usual noise you should hear when the door locks and unlocks is a little click. If you hear this noise repeatedly when the door is opened or closed, then something must be in the way and stopping it from locking. However, if nothing is blocking it, then you need to check if it is working properly and consider changing it.

Object stuck between tub and drum 

Sometimes an object can get stuck between the tub and the drum and cause clicking during the wash or spin cycle. You can check if this is the case by turning round by hand your washing machine’s drum when it is turned off. Most of the time, the issue is due to underwiring from bras which get stuck in the drum’s holes. To avoid this issue, we advise you to put bras in a net designed for this purpose. If you need to retrieve the objects that are stuck,  you can do it by reaching under the tub (the drain hose) or by removing the resistorbut access isn’t easy, you will need to be patient to retrieve the object.

The solenoid valve is faulty 

The solenoid valve acts as an electric tap. It allows your washing machine to turn on or shut off the water supply. If it is blocked, or the water tap is off, your washing machine will vibrate every time it fills. If the reverse is true and this noise occurs but you have no issues with the water supply, then uninstall the solenoid valve and check what condition it is in. If needed, replace it.

The bearings are faulty 

A ball bearing allows the drum to rotate freely on its axis. If it has deteriorated, you will hear a very loud noise when it spins. To check it, you need to spin the drum around quickly with your hand when the machine is off. If you can hear a rolling noise, then you need to replace the ball bearing. Please note, most modern washing machines these days are equipped with molded bearings. If this is the case, you have no other choice than to replace the whole tub.

The counterweights have worked free from the frame

 Washing machines are fitted with concrete counterweights that stop the machine from moving around. They can also be made out of cast iron or plastic. If your counterweight unscrews or breaks due to the vibrations of your washing machine, you will hear a loud banging if the machine exceeds 1,000 spins per minute during the spin cycle. In such a case, you will need to check them and try to tighten them as much as possible. If this still doesn’t change anything, you must replace them. You should also check the condition of the counterweight support brackets.

The shock absorbers have worn out 

Shock absorbers keep your washing machine stable during operation. If they have worn out, the machine will jump around and make banging sounds during the spin cycle. In cases like this, try to stabilise the washing machine as much as possible using adjustable feet. On the other hand, if your machine is already several years old and moves around during the spin cycle, you will probably need to replace the shock absorbers.

The motor is faulty 

Your washing machine’s motor enables the drum to turn. If it starts making noises, it is because the bearings are damaged. In such a case, you probably need to replace the motor. If your motor has carbon brushes and they are worn down or they are less than 1cm long, they can be very noisy. You will need to replace them.

The pulley is damaged

Your washing machine’s pulley is located at the back of the machine if you have a front-loading machine or on the sides if you have a top-loader. This pulley makes the drum rotate via the belt. If one of the spokes in your drum pulley is damaged or broken, you will hear a bang with each rotation. In this caseit needs to be replaced.

The belt is making a noise 

Your washing machine’s belt enables the drum to turn. It is what joins the motor and the pulley. If there is a squeak every time the drum starts rotating, then you can apply some pure Marseille soap directly to the belt. If the noise continues even after that, you will need to replace it.

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