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Noisy Washing Machine: How to Diagnose and Fix

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It's not uncommon to have a noisy washer, especially when they are in the spin cycle. The banging and clanging is a clear clue that something isn't right. It's possible that you need to replace a part, or it could be something as simple as pinpointing the culprit and tightening it with a wrench or screwdriver.

Regardless, if you're not afraid to do a little troubleshooting, you may find that the problem isn't as difficult to fix as you originally thought. In fact, you might be able to quiet your noisy washing machine by yourself without the need of a repairman. This article will show you how to troubleshoot and identify the issue, and we'll even show you how to make the repair.

Spin Cycle Noisy Washer Issues

If you enjoy doing DIY troubleshooting and repairs, then fixing your noisy washer shouldn't be too challenging. There's a variety of issues that can cause your washing machine to make strange noises, and fortunately many parts can be purchased through online merchants such as Amazon, and often at a discount.

Buying Washer Parts Online

When purchasing washing machine parts on Amazon, you'll need to know your washer's model number.

On the top of each Amazon part's page, you'll simply enter in your washer model number. Amazon will compare the part you're viewing to your specific washer and let you know if it's compatible.

This should give you confidence that you're ordering the correct part for your machine and help you quickly resolve your noisy washer crisis!

Shock Absorbers (Front Load)

Front loading washing machines use shock absorbers to center the tub movement when spinning.

The shock absorber connects the outer tub to the washer frame. Over time the shock absorber will weaken and no longer be able to perform it's task effectively, when this happens a loud bang can be heard. 

Whirlpool 8182703 Shock Absorber

Shock Absorbers

If you have a front load washer the source of the noise could be from a broken shock absorber.

This video will show you how to replace a shock absorber on a front load washing machine.

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Suspension Rods (Top Load)

Suspension rods  (or dampening straps) are used on top load washing machines to keep the tub centered. When the washer is spinning a loud noise can be heard if a spring should become weak or out of place. 

You may be able to reattach the spring, but most likely you'll need to purchase a new suspension rod.

Whirlpool W10250667 Suspension Spring

Suspension Rods

If you have a top load washer you may need to replace the suspension rod.

This video shows how to replace a suspension rod on a top load washing machine.

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General Electric WH1X2727 Tub Dampening Strap for Washers

Dampening Straps

Not all top load washers use suspension rods, some use dampening straps.

If your top loading washing machine uses dampening straps, this video will show you how they are replaced.

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Washer Drive Belt

A common noisy washer problem that occurs during the spin cycle is when the drive belt shows signs of wear. 

When the belt is worn out it needs to be replaced since it can not be repaired. Fortunately, replacing a washer drive belt is inexpensive and relatively easy.

Washer Drive Belt for Whirlpool Maytag 21352320 WP21352320 21001478 AP6005822 PS11738882 35-2073 35-2320

Washer Drive Belt

If your washing machine is noisy because the washer drive belt is no longer functional you should be able to repair this yourself.

This video shows you how to replace the washer's drive belt.

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Washer Motor Pulley

A faulty drive pulley may be the cause of loud noises during your washer's spin cycle. Many washers use a pulley for the belt to ride upon in order to spin the tub of the washer.

These pulleys are generally made of metal or plastic and overtime they will wear out.  It could also be that the pulley is loose and not capable of placing the proper amount of pressure on the belt.

You'll need to disassemble the washer and inspect the pulley. If you find that it is damaged or showing signs of excessive wear a new motor pulley should solve your noisy washer problem.

Whirlpool 21001108 Motor Pulley

Washer Motor Pulley

It's not uncommon for washer motor pulleys to wear out and need to be replaced. 

Learn step-by-step how to replace a washing machine drive pulley by watching this video.

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Washer Motor Coupler

The washing machine's transmission is connected to the motor by the motor coupler. It's designed to protect the motor and the transmission from damage by breaking if the washer should become overloaded.  

The coupler is made of plastic and is relatively easy to replace. Once the coupler is replaced your noisy washer should be quiet again.

285753A Washer Motor Coupler Coupling Kit Replacement for Whirlpool Kenmore - PS1485646, 1195967, 285753AVP, 21003, 280152, 285140, 285743

Washer Motor Coupler

If you need to replace your washer motor coupler it should resolve the noise issue.

This video will take you step-by-step through replacing a motor coupler on your washing machine.

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Washing Machine Transmission

The transmission gear case can make strange noises if it's not functioning properly.  When working as it should, it sits quietly during the pump out cycle. However, it's responsible for the back and forth movement of the agitator shaft during the wash cycle, as well as spinning the basket during the spin cycle. 

If the transmission on your washer goes out it's generally more cost effective to simply purchase a new washing machine. Fixing a transmission is expensive  and it's seldom worth the investment.

Plus, purchasing a new washer will not only give you all the latest bells and whistles, but they are usually more energy efficient and use less water and detergent.

Frigidaire 134735700 Transmission Washing Machine

Washing Machine Transmission

Replacing a faulty transmission on your washing machine will not only solve the problem, but also update your washer.

If you want to tackle changing your washing machine transmission on your own, then this step-by-step video will show you how.

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Main Tub Bearing

The main tub bearing allows the tub to move freely without any resistance.

When this bearing wears it will produce a loud grinding noise during the spin cycle. If you notice that the noise your washer makes is getting louder as time passes, it's a good indication that the main tub bearing is the culprit and it's rapidly approaching complete failure.

The main tub bearing has multiple tiny metal balls within a circular frame. The balls ride in a track as the washer spins. When the tub bearing begins to breakdown the balls frequently fall from their housing. As the bearing breaks down and loses it's internal metal balls it begins to make a noise.

27182 Amana Washer Main Bearing Assembly

Main Tub Bearing

The main tub bearing could be the source of noise.

Top Load Washing Machine

This video will show you how to replace the main tub bearing on a top load washing machine. 

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Front Load Washing Machine

If you have a front load washing machine, open the door and hand turn the drum.

The main tub bearing is likely defective if the drum spins unevenly or you hear a rubbing sound

However, if you hear a squeaking noise (verses grinding) it could be that the bearing  just needs lubrication. If the bearing is lubricated with mechanical grease the sound should go away. If the problem is not resolved the squeaking can soon become a grinding noise and an indication that the bearing is falling apart and will soon need to be replaced. 

Replacing a defective bearing should be done as soon as possible before further damage occurs. If not repaired in a timely manner the tub may also need to be replaced. We highly recommend hiring a professional to do the work for you, as replacing the main tub bearing can be very difficult.

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Washing Machine Clutch

The clutch connects the transmission to the inner tub and allows the washer to reach the correct spin RPM gradually. A worn clutch can not be repaired and will need to be replaced.


Clutch Kit

If your clutch has worn out, it will need to be replaced.

This video will show you how to replace a clutch.

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Washing Machine Drain Pump

If your drain pump is damaged or clogged your washer may make a loud noise periodically during the spin cycle. Remove the drain pump and clear any obstructions that could be restricting the drain pump.

If the pump is broken, it will need to be replaced, but more often than not, the pump is simply clogged. 


Washing Machine Drain Pump

If your washing machine drain pump is indeed damaged and needs to be replaced, you can easily pick up a new one inexpensively.

Learn how to replace a drain pump by watching this video.

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Agitator Directional Cogs (Top Load)

The cogs (also known as dog ears) engage the inner area of the agitator as it moves clockwise, then release when the agitator reverses and moves counter-clockwise. The agitator directional cogs allow the bottom part of the agitator to agitate in both directions, while the top is limited to one direction.

As the cogs wear out a grinding noise can be heard as they begin to slip. You may also notice that the upper part of the agitator isn't moving smoothly. Remove the upper half of the agitator and replace the cogs if needed.

Whirlpool 80040 Agitator, 4 Pack, Multicolor

Agitator Directional Cogs

If your washing machine is a top loader, then the noise problem could be due to worn agitator directional cogs.

This video will show how to replace the agitator directional cogs on a top load washing machine.

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