Diagnose faults from washing machine noises

Man looks inside washing machine

Today’s washing machines are incredibly advanced, but not so advanced they don’t suffer faults at all. Read on to find out more…

Washing machines still need care and attention when things go wrong but at least they do let us know when faults occur, one way or another.

It’s perfectly normal for your washing machine to make a noise during a spin cycle, of course, but if you’ve become used to how it should sound, and that’s changed, it can be quite noticeable. There are other reasons for this, such as having your washing machine on an uneven surface, or a small load that can unbalance the drum. It’s always worth doing simple checks for washing machine noises before digging too deep in repairs.

These days, we’re often aware of any issues with our washing machines because of digital displays that show codes when they run into trouble. These can been looked up online and help us to work out if we need an engineer or, as awkward and gross as it might be, just needs to have the filter emptied.

However, it’s not always immediately obvious that there is an issue and there are certain signs you can look out for to diagnose washing machine faults. These signs are sounds, and your washing machine can tell you when something is wrong.

It’s important to point out that this guide will give you some idea of what might be the cause of fault. Do contact your insurance company or a professional engineer to undertake any repairs.

Washing machine noise when spinning

If you can hear a very loud noise during spinning, or more specifically if your washing machine is making a banging noise, this could be down to a worn out drive belt, shock absorption or springs (the latter is more likely to be a problem with top loading washing machines). There could also be an issue with the washing machine bearings that would require replacing.

Washing machine making a grinding noise

There are many possible culprits when for washing machine grinding noises, from agitator ‘dogs’ which are four pieces of plastic that can wear out and start to slip to tub bearings. Another possibility is a cracked, loose or worn drive pully, clutch assembly or drive belt. There is also the U-joint, which is the main, primary drive of the washing machine. It’s an expensive part and it might even be more economical to replace the machine if broken. One thing’s for sure, if you do hear a grinding noise, it’s better to get it sorted out sooner rather than later!

Washing machine makes a noise when draining

If you find there’s a weird noise after spinning and at the end of the cycle this is often related to the drain pump. The noise at draining often indicates that either the pump is faulty or it’s blocked. If your washing machine has a blockage this is something you take care of yourself, although draining a washing machine can be a nuisance! However, you would need the help of an engineer if the pump has a more serious issue.