Strange Loud Noise from Washing Machine When Spinning- Reason And Solution

Have you ever wondered why does washing machine makes a loud noise when spinning?

If your washing machine is making a strange noise while operating, it indicates that a part inside it has become loose or worn out. Your washing machine may be making weird noises for various reasons, including a high-pitched screech or a clicking sound.

Washing machine with screwing noises like pounding, tapping, knocking, banging, scratching, or high-pitched spinning signal towards an internal problem with the machine, which may be complex to fix and needs immediate attention. 

It is wise not to dismiss strange noises coming from your washing machine. It would be best if you got to the root of the problem as soon as possible. The sooner these problems are addressed, the easier they are to resolve and the smaller the risk of long-term damage.

Strange Loud Noise From Washing Machine When Spinning- Reason And Solution

1. Drum bearings making sound

The bearing in your washing machine is a small circular metal object that contains tiny metal balls that move during the wash cycle. These bearing aids the tub of your machine to move appropriately while spinning. 

  • Reason

Two cases emerge with the course –the bearing breaks, and the small balls inside it move right around the washing machine, making a crushing loud noise. Also, there might be a lack of lubrication. In the event of lubrication, a particular squeaking sound emerges from the clothes washer.

If you have a front load washing machine, open the machine’s door and turn the drum manually. The two cases will arise– you will hear a rubbing sound, or the drum will spin unevenly. In either of the cases, it indicates that the tub bearing is undoubtedly terrible and needs replacement.

Washing drum with broken bearing

Hard water can also cause this problem. Borewell water often contain high level of minerals that forms scales on the drum and the inside area. After significant buildup, it can damage the bearing.

  • Solution

In case of lack of lubrication, simply apply some mechanical grease to the component, and your machine is ready to work. If the bearing is broken, you need to replace it. In either case, get help from a technician.

2. Main drive motor creating sound

The drive motor has different functions depending on the type of suitable washing machines– front load and top load. When the motor is situated in the top load washing machine, it helps operate the pump, transmission, and spinning the basket. In the front loading washing machine, it drives the belt that controls the wash basket pulley.

main drive motor with pulley of a washing machine
  • Reason

If the motor starts to fail, it will create a buzzing noise which is sometimes accompanied by an upsetting burning odor. This indicates that the part is going through a thermal overburden and therefore eliminates the power from the windings resulting in the shutdown of the drive motor. 

Overloading the tub with out-of-balance loads will wear and tear all the machine bearings, thereby creating pressure on the motor, causing it to overheat and eventually burn out. Thermal overload is also one of the main reasons which cause damage to the motor.

  • Solution

To fix this strange noise, stop the machine and rearrange your laundry. You can even take out the items which are causing uneven distribution and overload. In thermal overloading, allow the washing machine to sit for around thirty minutes before restarting the cycle. If the same problem arises again, the motor might have an issue that requires a professional assistance.

3. Imbalance of the washing machine

  • Reason

A washing machine has four legs. In some cases, all four legs are not placed firmly onto the ground, which results in the machine’s shaking or moving, leading to a loud sound. 

If your machine is not leveled and installed correctly, it shakes and creates a loud rattling or banging loud noise while spinning. It is always suggested to provide enough space around the washing machine. 

  • Solution

Check the machine from corner to corner to see if it is leveled properly. If not, use a spanner to adjust the leveling of the feet upwards or downwards and make sure it has firm contact with the floor.

4. Direct drive motor coupling worn out

The motor coupling in your washing machine transfers power from the motor to the transmission. It is made of plastic containing two drive forks and rubber connecting them.

Direct drive motor coupling
  • Reason

The coupling is built so that if the washing machine gets overloaded, it breaks to protect the transmission and the motor from being damaged. With each utilization of the washing machine, the coupling receives wear out where the drive forks begin to slip. Furthermore, this is the way the humming/vibrating commotion is conceived.

  • Solution

Therefore, reducing some of the load from the washing machine may stop the noise. But, if it continues to make a noise, then the coupling needs replacement.

5. Loose Concrete Slabs

Your washing machine comprises heavy concrete blocks which are placed inside it. Its main motive is to weigh down the drum; else, the machine part will fly through the appliance’s lid during every spin cycle.

Generally, all machines now contain two drum weights weighing around 25 Kg – one is placed on the drum’s head, and the other is placed beneath or somewhere around it. It also balances the weight of the heavy motor.

  • Reason

Well, what happens is in some cases, these heavy slabs become loose, and an airplane-like noise or sound is heard. It is resulted due to rotational load imbalance.

  • Solution

You just have to unplug the machine and uncover the top. Please search for the first block around the outer drum and tighten it. Again, for the front block, if it is loose, fasten it. We recommend to get help from a professional to solve this problem.

6. Drain pump creating noise

Drain pump of washing machine creating noise
  • Reason

A drain pump helps drain the water from your washing machine, which may get clogged or damaged. After every use, dirt and debris get accumulated in the drain pump, which requires cleaning. This dirt results in strange noises at certain intervals during the spin cycle.

If you hear a loud whirring noise coming from your machine, then you must check the Drain Pump Filter. During spinning, the foreign particles and dirt enter the pump, which causes clogging of the pump. This can result in much noise. 

  • Solution

To fix this, clean the drain pump filter of your machine every month. 

7. Torn tub dampening straps

Most of the top loading washing machines come with unique straps which are attached inside the cabinet. The rubber in each corner supports the tub at the center of the cabinet, which minimizes the tub’s vibration during the spinning.

  • Reason

As the dampening straps are made from rubber, they stretch out with every use, which causes the tub to come in contact with the washing machine’s cabinet, creating a loud banging and annoying noise. The thought behind the issue is fundamental: the more garments you put in the machine, the greater is the strain on the straps.

  • Solution

As we know, the straps stretch with time. So, it is better to keep a regular check on them. You can lift the appliance to check if there is any damage caused. If you find any wear and tear of the straps, it is better to replace them.

8. Detached Shock absorber 

The shock absorber is present in front load washing machines. The primary purpose of the shock absorber is to hold the metal chamber inside your washing machine and center the tub movement while spinning. It is connected from the washing machine frame to the outer tub. It looks like a wrench with springs attached.

Shock absorber of a washing machine detached
  • Reason

If the shock absorber isn’t working correctly, you’ll hear the banging of the tub against the frame when turning. Sometimes, the absorber becomes weak and detaches, which creates a loud banging noise and vibration during the machine’s spinning.

  • Solution

To fix this, unplug the machine, look for the shock absorbers behind the back and front panel. Check the absorbers for a fluid leak or whether they have become weak or loose. It is recommended to replace both the absorbers at once. 

9. Gasket sealing problem

If you deal with front load washing machines, then the rubber gasket can also be the culprit behind all those weird and loud noises. The watertight and airtight doors are sealed with rubber which traps moisture in the machine.

  • Reason

Sometimes foreign materials slip into the washing machine’s filter and lock in the rubber, resulting in noise. Items like bra wire, coins, and many other small items get stuck in the rubber seal of your machine. In addition to all the small things, bacteria, mold, etc., can fester in these places.

  • Solution

A regular scrub and cleaning of the seal prevent the growth of such bacteria. If left unattended, the mold can sink into the rubber seal, making it impossible to remove, and hence replacement will be the only option left.

If your washing machine isn’t cleaning your clothes properly, it indicates that there may be an underlying issue with the machine which can impact its lifetime. Fully automatic top and front loading washing machines produce less noise than semi automatic washing machines with agitators.

It is visible that handling an electrical appliance is a tricky and risky business. It may also result in damaging the machine to the point of no return. Many DIY videos and articles may be helpful, however without having proper professional knowledge, adequate skills, and experience, it is not safe to repair an electrical appliance on your own. 

So, if your washing machine is making strange loud noise during spinning, instead of wasting your time in screwing and unscrewing, call a professional and trained engineer to repair your machine parts and increase their life expectancy. 

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