Why Is My Washing Machine So Loud?

It’s a lazy Sunday, and you’re trying to catch up on the laundry. You add a load of dirty clothes, put in the required amount of detergent and press start – when all of a sudden, your machine starts making a noise so loud that you think it’s going to leave for a trip to the moon! There’s nothing quite like a noisy washing machine to ruin your weekend, not to mention your peace of mind.

Woman holding a clothes basket covering her ears

We’re sure appliance repair doesn’t feature too high in your idea of a day off, but a loud washing machine isn’t something you can ignore for too long, just like one that smells or doesn’t drain. But, before you have nightmares of steep repair bills – relax. Instead, try going through our guide to learn about possible reasons why your appliance is acting louder than usual. Additionally, we’ve even compiled a step-by-step guide on how you can fix your washing machine on your own!

Reasons for a noisy washing machine

Washing machines aren’t the most serene of appliances, and generally, they’re noisy to an extent. However, the noise we’re talking about is louder, more jarring than the usual wash cycle

Also, before we start listing out the common causes behind your washer making loud noises – here’s a word of warning. It’s best never to ignore the noisy state of your washing machine – no matter how trivial the problem may seem. 

You see, when it comes to appliances, the slightest trouble can snowball into an avalanche of misery and repair bills – which is why tackle any problem you encounter head-on and resolve it as fast as you can. Now that that’s out of the way – let’s move on to the answers for – why is my washing machine so loud?

Anything from an unbalanced load to worn-out shock absorbers (in front load ones) can be responsible for your appliance making noises. Thankfully, sometimes, it’s easier to identify the cause just by different sounds. 

For example, if your front load washing machine produces crunching sounds, there may be a problem with your agitators‘ dogs. Conversely, buzzing or vibrating sounds while the machine spins are likely due to the motor coupling issue

Washing machine with laundry

That may sound like gibberish – but most problems with your appliance can be resolved by contacting a qualified technician. However, a handful of issues can be DIY-ed if you’re lucky. All this is covered in-depth in the next section. 

How to fix a loud washing machine

As we said earlier, there are a few washing machine repairs you can carry out on your lonesome. But, the truth is, the solutions listed below are mostly surface level. That’s because home appliance troubleshooting isn’t always as easy as it seems. 

Qualified technicians are trained to deal with the intricacies and dangers of the job – and we recommend that you depend on their skills. Having said that, here are some of the front loader problems you may resolve on your own.

1. Caught debris

We know. You’re wondering what kind of debris or junk can you possibly encounter in your washing machine. The answer is – all sorts. 

Stuff you forget to c, and even the odd button that’s hanging on by its last thread – can sometimes get stuck in your washer‘s inner drum and make strange noises during the cycle. 

If the debris makes its way to the filter or sump hose, you’ll have an easier time removing it. You can even try to manoeuvre the object(s) into falling by turning the drum to save your ears from the rattle-like sound. Once the debris is removed (and there are no other problems), your machine should go back to normal. It’s important thought to keep it clean. There are many ways to clean your washing machine and its drawer, like using bleach or white vinegar and it’s easy work to do!

2. Scraping or scratching sounds

If you hear scraping noises when your washer‘s cycle is on, generally, the culprit is a bra. That may sound a little unbelievable – but bra wires can get stuck in your washer‘s drum with remarkable ease. 

Black bra and stainless bra on fabric background

How easy removing the bra wire is will typically depend on its placement. If the wire happens to be poking through one of the drum holes, pulling it out is easy enough. However, if, for whatever reason, you can’t get to the wire, you can try removing the dispenser hose and manoeuvring to get better access. 

If you can’t get to the wire no matter what, it’s time to turn to a professional. Get in touch with the nearest qualified washing machine engineer to get your washer fixed because the process will require disassembling certain parts of the washer and putting it back together. 

3. Drum bearing damage

Another possible cause behind your washer making banging sounds. One of the easiest ways to check for this problem is to grab ahold of the top of your washing machine‘s drum and gently move it up and down. 

A machine with no drum bearing damage will only allow for a little bit of leeway. On the other hand, if the your appliance’s are worn out, you’ll be able to move them with ease. Another sure-shot sign of worn-out bearings is the build-up or presence of rust under your machine. 

You can temporarily fix this problem by choosing to opt for a gentler spin speed – to ensure there’s not too much pressure on the already damaged bearings. However, the bad news is problems with drum bearings aren’t easily fixed, and some models don’t allow for it at all. Nonetheless, it’s best to get an expert’s opinion by getting in touch with a qualified technician. 

4. Noisy water drainage

If your washer tends to produce strange sounds when the water’s draining – then there’s probably an obstruction in your drain pump. You can easily DIY this problem by removing the pump and checking it for built-up blockages like lint or grime. Once you’ve cleaned out the drain pump, the issue should resolve itself. 

Washing machine's dirty drain pump filter

How to make sure your next washing machine is quiet

The average life expectancy of a washing machine is around ten years, give or take. If your front loader is more than a decade old, it may be time to start thinking about replacing it entirely instead of scouring the internet for replacement parts according to model number.

Whatever the reputation of your washer‘s brand or the quality of its make – no home appliance is safe from the consequences of wear and tear. What’s more, the older your machine gets, the more prone it is to breakdowns, etc. 

A new washing machine may sound like too much of an expense initially, but when you compare it to the amount you’re saving by avoiding repairs – the costs will generally even out. What’s more, getting a brand new washer may just allow you to add to your home security and peace by getting a machine that’s not too loud to begin with. Here’s how. 

When you’re out browsing for a new washer, be sure to check its specifications for noise levels. It’s also good to check if the appliance offers the added convenience of quiet wash or spin cycle features. People may tell you to opt for a machine with the fastest spin cycle, but a machine with a spin cycle speed of 1400rpm is quite robust.

Note that noise levels are measured in decibels, and most washing machines feature two sound readings – one for washing and the other for spinning. For a truly peaceful laundry experience, pick the loader with the lowest sound range during spin cycles

Washing machine

Washing machines are a big part of our lives, so sometimes, we tend to overlook the matter when the appliance gets a little louder than usual. But, if you suspect that your machine sounds different or louder than usual, try inspecting it according to the tips and tricks above to see if you can handle the problem yourself. If not, get in touch with a specialist as quickly as you can. That’s all from us for now – see you next time with another helpful feature!

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