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Why is My Washing Machine Making A Loud Noise?

Is your washer making noise? When you consider what happens inside a washing machine, you’ll wonder how it’s possible for it not to make noise at some point, running through all those cycles. But here you are, your washing machine banging or thumping or some other loud sound you know isn’t right and you’re worried because it’s not a sustainable situation. And that’s where Repair Clinic comes in. The most common cause of a washer making a loud noise is simply an off-balance load in the spin cycle. Many models are designed to turn off and alert you to an off-balance load before the jiggling and jostling walks your machine across the floor. There may be another cause, though, and some will require technical care and personal attention. Look below at the list and we’ll help you figure out what’s wrong, get you the right replacement part and show you how to fix it.
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Common solutions for: Washer is making loud noise
Solution 1:
Bearing
The tub bearing is mounted in the middle of the outer tub. The tub bearing helps to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. Replacing the tub bearing is a very involved repair and will require disassemb...ling most of the washer. If the tub bearing is defective, we recommend replacing both the outer tub and bearing.
Required Part
Washing Machine Bearing
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Solution 2:
Rear Drum with Bearing
The rear drum has a bearing or bearings in it to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. If the tub bearing system is defective the washer can become very noisy. On some machines bearings are sold separ...ately from the rear drum, however we recommend replacing both the outer drum and bearing as an assembly if the manufacturer offers the components together because removing and pressing in the new bearing can be exceptionally difficult. Be aware that replacing the outer tub and bearing is also not easy and can be very costly.
Required Part
Washing Machine Rear Drum with Bearing
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Solution 3:
Tub Bearing
The tub bearing is mounted in the middle of the outer tub. The tub bearing helps to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. Replacing the tub bearing is a very involved repair and will require disassemb...ling most of the washer. If the tub bearing is defective, we recommend replacing both the outer tub and bearing as an assembly if the manufacturer offers the components together.
Required Part
Washing Machine Tub Bearing
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Solution 4:
Tub Seal and Bearing Kit
The tub bearing is mounted in the middle of the outer tub. The tub bearing helps to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. If the washer is noisy during the spin cycle or is leaking from the bottom of ...the tub near the transmission, the tub seal and bearing are likely defective. Replacing the tub bearing is a very involved repair and will require disassembling most of the washer. If the tub bearing is defective, we recommend replacing the outer tub and bearing at the same time.
Required Part
Washing Machine Tub Seal and Bearing Kit
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Solution 5:
Drive Pulley
The drive pulley might be worn out, cracked, loose or bent. Remove the drive pulley and inspect it carefully. If the drive pulley is damaged or defective, replace it....
Required Part
Washing Machine Drive Pulley
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Solution 6:
Pulley
The drive pulley might be worn out, cracked, loose or bent. Remove the drive pulley and inspect it carefully. If the drive pulley is damaged or defective, replace it....
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Washing Machine Pulley
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Solution 7:
Belt Kit
One of the drive belts might be defective. Over time, the drive belt can dry out and start to crack or burn. Eventually, a piece of the belt can break off, causing the belt to make a loud noise whenev...er the motor is running. To determine if the drive belt is broken, inspect the drive belt. If the drive belt is broken or damaged, replace it.
Required Part
Washing Machine Belt Kit
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Solution 8:
Clutch
The clutch assembly makes the connection between the transmission and the inner tub. It helps the tub to gradually get up to the proper spin speed. As the clutch wears out over time, it may become lou...d during the spin cycle or just after the spin cycle finishes. The clutch is not repairable—if the clutch is worn out, replace it.
Required Part
Washing Machine Clutch
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Solution 9:
Drive Belt
The drive belt might be defective. Over time, the drive belt can dry or burn out and starts to crack. Eventually, a piece of the belt can break off, causing the belt to make a loud noise whenever the ...motor is running. To determine if the drive belt is broken, inspect the drive belt. If the drive belt is broken or damaged, replace it.
Required Part
Washing Machine Drive Belt
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Solution 10:
Motor Coupling
The motor coupling might have failed. The motor coupling connects the motor to the washer transmission. If the washer is overloaded, the motor coupling will fail in order to protect both the motor and... transmission. The motor coupling can also fail due to normal wear. Inspect the motor coupling to determine if it is broken. If the motor coupling is broken, replace it.
Required Part
Washing Machine Motor Coupling
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Solution 11:
Transmission
The washer transmission might be worn out or defective. Transmissions have gears in them that can fail causing the washer to to be noisy during operation. However, this is almost never the case. Befor...e replacing the transmission, first check all of the other more commonly defective parts.
Required Part
Washing Machine Transmission
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Solution 12:
Drain Pump
If the washer is making a loud noise while draining, the drain pump might be clogged or defective. Sometimes, small objects or articles of clothing can get caught in the drain pump. To determine if an...ything is blocking the drain pump, remove the drain pump and check the pump for obstructions. If the drain pump is clear of obstructions, but is still noisy during the drain cycle, replace the drain pump.
Required Part
Washing Machine Drain Pump
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Solution 13:
Drive Motor
The drive motor bearings might be worn out. Washer motors are normally very quiet during operation. To determine if the washer motor is defective, remove the drive belt from the washer and then run th...e motor. If the motor is still loud, this indicates that the drive motor is defective and needs to be replaced.
Required Part
Washing Machine Drive Motor
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Solution 14:
Water Inlet Valve
If the washer is noisy or loud, particularly when the washer is filling, the water inlet valve may be at fault. Over time, mineral deposits can build up inside the valve and cause a restriction. If th...e water inlet valve is restricted, it will make noise during the fill cycle. If the water inlet valve is defective, replace it. Do not attempt to repair the water inlet valve—taking apart the valve makes it susceptible to failure.
Required Part
Washing Machine Water Inlet Valve
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