Decipher Those Washing Machine Sounds
At one time or another, we've all heard strange washing machine sounds coming from our laundry room - usually during the spin cycle. Whether they're loud bangs, high-pitched squeaks, or some other unnatural noise, they can be alarming. At Reno's Appliance, we're washing machine experts and wanted to explain to you exactly what those strange washing machine sounds mean.
Bad News Bearings
When the washer spins, it rides on a bearing, which is a circular metal object that has many small little metal balls inside. The job of the bearing is to allow the tub to move freely with zero resistance. If the bearing is worn out, those small metal balls can fall out, causing a loud banging noise during the spin cycle. If the sound you hear is more of a squeaking noise, then it usually means that the bearing needs to be lubricated, which is a simple fix. However, if you start to hear a grinding noise, then that’s an indicator that the bearing is falling apart and will need to be replaced immediately. That's a complex repair that will require an experienced repair technician.
Weird washing machine sounds can also occur if your washer has a faulty drive pulley. The pulley is another part of the washer that helps spin the tub. Sometimes the pully is worn out or just knocked out of place resulting in a banging noise. To find out if the drive pulley is causing the noise, a repair technician will have to take the washer apart and inspect the pulley for signs of damage.
The washer's motor coupling could also be the cause of some weird washer sounds. The motor coupling is made of plastic and is actually built to break if the washer gets overloaded, so the motor and the transmission don't sustain damage. If it breaks, you'll hear a whirring sound, almost like a small engine revving too high during the spin cycle. Luckily, the motor coupling is a simple repair and can be done by most people.
The job of the clutch in a washing machine is to allow the tub to speed up gradually over time, thereby preventing the tub from spinning too fast too quickly. If you think your washer's clutch is broken, listen to the washer's spin action and pay attention to any squeaks emanating from the tub during the spin cycle. Disturbing squeaks are not normal and may indicate a broken clutch.
Damaged Drain Pump
If you hear loud noises coming from your washing machine at certain intervals during the spin cycle, it may be due to a damaged or clogged drain pump. Usually this can be fixed by simply removing the drain pump and removing clearing away any debris that may be clogging it up.
All front-loading washing machines have shock absorbers. These shock absorbers are connected from the washer frame to the outer tub. If the shock absorbers in your front loader become weak the washer will make a loud banging sound during the spinning cycle. Simply replace the shocks to remedy the issue.
There are many reasons why you might be hearing strange washing machine sounds. Some noises indicate problems that are easily remedied, others signify larger, more complex issues. Contact a repair technician who can pinpoint the issue and talk to you about repairing or replacing your appliance.
If it's time for a new washing machine, then stop by Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ to see our wide selection of washers and dryers. Any member of our friendly sales staff can help you find the appliances that are best for you and your family.