Unusual noises are often a sign that a washing machine has developed a problem that needs immediate attention. Unfortunately, most homeowners simply don't know what sort of attention that might be. If you would like to learn more about diagnosing a noisy washer, read on. This article will discuss two frequent culprits and what to do about them.
Broken Damper Strap
This problem applies specifically to top-load washers. In order to help stabilize the washing drum, which rotates at high speeds during the spin cycle, these washing machines are equipped with four damper straps. These thick rubber straps anchor the tub's assembly to the four corners of the washer's frame. They act as shock absorbers to prevent the spinning tub from causing the machine to lurch or bang around.
As time goes on, the rubber out of which the damper straps are constructed starts to deteriorate. Eventually they may even start to break. When this occurs, the washer will become off balance and begin producing banging noises as the tub smacks against the sides of the frame. Take a look inside of your washer: you should be able to easily identify the four damper straps. If one of them is broken, simply order and install the appropriate replacement or have the issue fixed by a company such as Affordable Appliance Repair.
Clogged Drain Pump
Your washing machine's drain pump is responsible for evacuating water from the drum once the wash cycle is completed. Unfortunately, the outflow pipe leading from the drum to the pump has an annoying tendency to become clogged by smaller items in the washer. When this happens, the washing machine may begin to produce a wide range of strange sounds—everything from hissing to gurgling or clicking.
You can narrow down whether this is your problem by paying close attention to when exactly the sound occurs. A clogged drain pump will be conspicuous by the fact that the sounds it produces will only start up once the wash cycle has ended. In other words, when the pump is attempting to suck the water out of the drum.
If you believe that your drain pump may be clogged, begin by unplugging your washer and using the appropriate driver to remove the flat metal panel on the front face. Having done this, you should be able to find your drain pump located at the bottom corner of the machine. Detach the outlet hose running from the drum to the pump and take a look inside of it.
Chances are you'll find an errant sock or other laundry item. Remove it, reattach the pump, and start your machine up again. You should find that the unpleasant noises are now gone!