How To Troubleshoot A Noisy Washing Machine

A faulty washing machine can create a nuisance in your household if it’s producing loud noises during it’s operations. Most individuals consider the repairing of these machines to be a complicated task and in some case it is, but that is not always the case. Focusing keenly into this factor, we have gone deeper to look for major causes that may influence the cause of the noise. We have looked at different parts of washing machines that may result in noise production. Let us have a look at some of these parts that may affect noise production in washers and their repair solutions.

washing machine motor

Pump and Pump Motor

The main function of the drain pump is to make sure that there is an efficient water supply from the wash tub to complete the spin cycle. Depending on the pump design, it can be run by belts or its own electric motor. A damaged pump can be identified by noise production.


Open the rear plate to get access of the pump. Verify if the pump is the source of noise by powering on the washing machine. After having certainty, turn off the machine and disconnect the drainage pipe from the pump. Check the pump for defects by either looking for debris or check the functionality of the impeller by rotating it with your hands. If there is debris present, then eliminate them and then fix back the pump, but if the impeller is not rotating with ease, a replacement is needed.

Washing Machine Drive Belt

Drive Belt

Depending on the make and model of your appliance, the drive belts connect either to the motor or to the transmission. There are different shapes of the drive belts, which are typically made from rubber. They may be categorized into either V-shape or multi-ribbed. Worn out or use of unsuitable belts may lead to noise production by the machines.


Ensure you use a multi-ribbed belt for front load machines to ensure they firmly fit on their respective parts. On top load machines ensure you use a V-shaped belt that is able to slide when in operation or a belt fixed with a lever. The main purpose required to be achieved minimizes the level of friction thus lowering the intensity of the amount of noise produced.

Shock Absorbers

These tools are mainly applied in functionality of front load machines to maintain the desired tub motions. When these Shock Absorbers loosen or become faulty they produce a lot of noise.


When the washing machine is off, remove the covering located at the bottom of the machine and adjacent to the outer tub in order to get access to the shock absorbers. Check for possible damages or leakages and replace them if they are not in good shape.

For do it yourself washer repairs, you can use the above tips that are considered as basic solution strategies that users of washing machine should be equipped with. If the noise persists, look for further assistance from the appliance experts.

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