Fixing Noisy Front-Loading Washing Machines: 3 Appliance Parts You May Need

22 September 2016
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Even if you wash one load of laundry each day, your washing machine should still last you on average about 14 years if you maintain it properly and perform repairs immediately once you notice signs that something might be wrong. In particular, if you've started to notice that your washing machine is making weird, noisy sounds whenever you run a load, the noise could be an indication that one or more of its parts need to be replaced. Here are 3 appliance parts that may be malfunctioning or may be defective if you have a noisy washing machine.

The Drive Belt

The drive belt literally looks like a belt and connects the drive motor of the washing machine to the wash basket. These belts are usually made from either rubber or some type of fabric. If you smell burning rubber, it's a good indication that the drive belt is the main cause of the problem. You'll need to unplug the washing machine and remove the front panel to get to the drive belt.

Depending on the washing machine design, you might need to remove some fasteners or screws or other parts before you can remove the drive belt. Store all of the screws and other parts in a plastic bag as you remove them to avoid missing a crucial piece of the puzzle later on.

The Shock Absorbers

All front-loading washing machines rely on shock absorbers to dampen any and all movement performed by the wash basket during each spin cycle. The shock absorbers are attached to the base frame and to the outer tub. Over time, the shock absorbers will weaken or become damaged. As they lose their effectiveness, you will start to find that your washing machine becomes louder and noisier with each cycle. You should hear loud banging caused by the wash basket bumping into the outer washing machine frame.

Once again, you'll need to remove front panel to inspect the shock absorbers. You'll want to look for signs of broken attachments. Look at the areas surrounding the shock absorbers to see whether you can see any fluid leaks. If one shock absorber is damaged, it is highly recommended that you replace them all.

The Tub Bearings

All front-loading washing machines also rely on two tub bearings to support the wash basket shaft. These tub bearings are difficult to reach; however, they can be easily damaged by regular use or by prolonged exposure to chemical detergents. Basically, if the grease seal gets damaged, you'll need to replace the tub bearings. Generally speaking, you'll know that the tub bearings have failed if you hear a loud roaring type of sound when you turn your washing machine on.

You'll need to unplug the washing machine and disconnect it from its water supply to get to the tub bearing. The tub bearing is located within the drum housing. You'll basically have to get past many other parts in order to get to this appliance part. Because of this, make sure that you are familiar with your washing machine's design and structure before attempting to take it apart. You should even have the owner's manual with you just in case.

Conclusion

If you have a noisy washing machine, it generally means that one or more of the inner appliance parts are malfunctioning and breaking down. You'll want to find the source of the problem as soon as possible and replace the part in order to prevent the situation from worsening. If you leave the problem as it is, your washing machine will not be able to last for as many years as you might have hoped, and you might have to replace your washing machine prematurely.