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2 Potential Reasons Your Washing Machine Is Making So Much Noise

It's easy to tell when a washing machine has gotten out of whack, especially since this often results in less than comforting sounds, such as squeaks, gurgles, and abrupt bangs. If you would like to learn more about what these untoward sounds might mean, read on. This article will discuss two potential causes of a noisy washing machine.

You're dealing with one or more broken damper straps.

A top loaded washing machine has to be capable of spinning with incredible speed, in order to remove as much water as possible from the cleaned clothing. Such spinning generates an incredible amount of force. To help minimize this force, and to keep the tub from jostling against the walls, a washing machine uses four rubber damper straps.

These damper straps tether the tub to the machine's four corners. Over time damper straps tend to become worn and degraded. Eventually they will break. This tends to throw the machine out of balance, causing it to bang noisily against the metal wall. To determine whether you're dealing with a broken strap, remove the top panel of your machine and look for any straps that are dangling down along the outside of the tub. Order the appropriate replacement and install it in place of the broken strap.

Your drain pump is blocked or defective.

A washing machine has to be capable of evacuating a large quantity of water between the wash and the spin cycles. It accomplishes this thanks to the aptly-named drain pump. Unfortunately, drain pumps are subject to two common problems that can lead to loud or unusual sounds. First, their movement may become blocked or restricted as the result of some foreign object.

Second, an internal pump component may go bad, thus preventing it from operating normally. To be sure you're dealing with a drain pump issue, listen for when the problematic sound occurs. If it begins soon after the wash cycle is over--i.e. at the time the drain pump is activating--you can be sure that that's the cause.

To fix the problem, begin by unplugging the machine and removing the front panel. You will likely find that the pump is located in the bottom right corner of the machine. Now detach the hole leading to the pump from the wash chamber. Check the inside of this hose, as well as the pump housing, for any obstructions. Remove them as needed.

If you can't find anything physically restricting the pump, see if you can spin its impeller blades manually. It should be able to rotate in either direction. If not, or if you are able to feel that the impeller is damaged, plan on replacing the pump at once. Be sure to consult your manual to determine the specific part number. For more information, contact companies like Goldman  Appliances Inc.