Washer makes noises - what can that be?


When you hear noises when washing, you often panic quickly, which could cause serious damage. What else can cause any noise, and what is relatively harmless, and where sounds can come from, explains this post.

noise causes

Noises occur in every washing machine already through the clatter of zippers and buttons that hit against the drum wall. Such sounds are quite normal and completely harmless. They also do not damage the washing drum.

These ordinary operating noises are usually very quiet. If the noise is louder, several causes of error can be considered:

  • foreign body
  • engine noise
  • bearing noise
  • V-belt noise

Foreign objects in the washing machine

Foreign objects that get between the drum and the tub can cause clattering, clanging or scratching noises. These foreign bodies should always be removed to avoid further damage.

Most commonly, such sounds are caused by lost bra straps, but also by coins, nails and small parts that get into the machine during washing. Sometimes you can still remove them by scanning the drum, or they will be flushed into the lint filter after some time.

In other cases, they block the pump, which can then make noises. Foreign body between the drum and tub can in many cases only remove the expert, since opening the tub is not always easily possible.

engine noise

Noise from the engine is rare. They may indicate an engine failure, but also be quite normal when just the coals of the engine have been changed. The "grinding in" of the coals can then cause slight noises. After 3 - 4 washes, the noise should have stopped.

bearing noise

If the bearings become noticeable due to squeaking or clanking noises, one can assume that they are knocked out. This can be the case after a few years, when the machine has been overcrowded regularly or is not in the balance. This makes the bearings quick.

A stock exchange is usually not rewarding - bearing damage usually means a total economic damage to the machine.

V-belt noise

Squeaky noises usually come from the V-belt of the washing machine when it slips or is worn. This can also happen through overfilling. The exchange of the V-belt is not particularly expensive and can even be accomplished under certain circumstances.

Tips & Tricks

In terms of the type of sound and its sound and timing, experts can usually tell relatively precisely where the fault lies.


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