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Whirlpool 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.

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Rear Drum with Bearing for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
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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.

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Drive Pulley for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Drive Pulley - Part # 1154620 Mfg Part # WP8182650

Pulley, drum drive

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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.

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Drive Belt for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Drive Belt - Part # 2024684 Mfg Part # WPW10388414

Washing machine drive belt. This part measures 48.22 inch long when uninstalled and will stretch to 51.53 inches when installed.

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Cause 4Drive 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.

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Drive Motor for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
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Cause 5Water 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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Water Inlet Valve for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Water Inlet Valve - Part # 4443066 Mfg Part # WPW10247305
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