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GE Washer is Making Loud Noise

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Washer is making loud noise are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Washer is making loud noise

Cause 1Rear 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 separately 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.

Parts
Rear Drum with Bearing for your GEWashing Machine
Rear Drum with Bearing - Part # 1168849 Mfg Part # WH45X10071

Rear outer tub with bearing and seal. *Bearing only available with tub assembly, not available separately.

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Cause 2Drive 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.

Parts
Drive Pulley for your GEWashing Machine
Drive Pulley - Part # 1168657 Mfg Part # WH07X10016
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Cause 3Drive Belt

The drive belt might be defective. Over time, the drive belt dries 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.

Parts
Drive Belt for your GEWashing Machine
Drive Belt - Part # 1168664 Mfg Part # WH08X10024
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Cause 4Drain 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 anything 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.

Parts
Drain Pump for your GEWashing Machine
Drain Pump - Part # 1394137 Mfg Part # WH23X10028

Washing machine drain pump and motor assembly with sound isolation mounting. If your washer won't drain, the drain pump may be clogged, damaged, or defective.

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Cause 5Drive 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 the motor. If the motor is still loud, this indicates that the drive motor is defective and needs to be replaced.

Parts
Drive Motor for your GEWashing Machine
Drive Motor - Part # 1168747 Mfg Part # WH20X10028
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Cause 6Water 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 the 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.

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Parts
Water Inlet Valve for your GEWashing Machine
Water Inlet Valve - Part # 1475762 Mfg Part # WH13X10029

2 in 3 out water valve

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