Washing machine repairs: Strange sounds from your washing
Today’s high-tech washing machines make laundry day as easy as pushing a button. But when strange sounds start coming from your washing machine, it can be a bit disconcerting. Of course, the first step towards solving any issue is to properly identify the issue, which is why we’ve put together some information about what could be causing those strange sounds coming from your washing machine.
Let’s start with the most obvious source of strange noises: the motor. If the motor is having trouble turning the drum, you may hear odd thumps, clicks, or rattles. When this happens, there are a couple of possible explanations. Perhaps the belt is loose or worn, or maybe the drive block is worn or even cracked. If that’s not the case, then you may need to call in a professional.
Another common source of noises is a loose or faulty bearing, which can cause the drum to shake and make a humming or banging sound, or a squeal if it’s particularly bad. The bearing is connected to the outer drum, so if you have a front-loading machine you’ll need to take the front panel off to assess the issue. If the bearing appears worn or damaged, it’s best to call a mechanic and have it replaced as soon as possible.
While these are the most common sources of strange noises, there are a few others to keep an eye and ear out for. If you’ve got a top loading machine, you may be hearing banging and knocking sounds due to a drum roller belt that’s either too loose or cracked. If your machine has a high spin cycle, the noises can be caused by worn shock absorbers. Lastly, if you’re hearing high-pitched whining and clicking, it’s worth checking the water valve, since it may need to be replaced.
No matter what’s causing the strange sounds coming from your washing machine, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Otherwise, the issue could become more serious, leading to a full breakdown and an even bigger repair bill. That’s why we advise homeowners to call a qualified technician right away when they hear anything out of the ordinary with their washing machines.
Still, it’s always helpful to understand what’s happening with your machine and what to expect when talking to a repair service. Knowing the common sources of strange sounds helps you figure out what’s going on more quickly, so you can take appropriate action and get your laundry going again.
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