Is your washing machine too noisy during the spin cycle?
If you notice a constant bumping or scratching sound every time the machine is on, it probably means a part is loose or worn out. If not, there are several other factors for a noisy washer that you can find out about in this article.
Washing machines can vary in spin speed from less than 1,000 rpm to more than 1,600 rpm.
Spin speed is measured in Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) and refers to the speed at which the drum rotates during a spin cycle). Higher speed makes a washing machine more noisy. Frankly, you don’t always need a professional to fix the appliance if your washer is making unusual sounds.
There are many parts that can be responsible for this. We tell you what you can do to troubleshoot the problem.
Is Your Washing Machine Levelled Properly?
It’s important that the feet of the washing machine is in firm contact with the floor so that it is properly levelled.
If the washing machine is placed on an uneven floor or is slightly tilted, it can vibrate excessively and leave the walls, floor and internal mechanisms damaged. How to ensure that the washing machine is levelled? Here are some steps to follow.
1. Place a spirit level on the washing machine.
The small bubble in a spirit level tells you whether or not the surface is flat. Once you place the spirit level on the machine and you notice that the bubble is not centered, it means that your washing machine is not levelled.
Whichever side the bubble sways towards is higher off the ground. You will need to adjust the machine till the bubble comes to the center of the tube.
2. Washing machines have adjustable, front-levelling legs with a lock nut.
To adjust the legs to a certain height, you need to tighten the lock nut up against the body of the machine to keep the leg height from changing.
If your machine has metal legs, you can use a wrench to loosen the locking nut. Turn the leg clockwise (to shorten it) or counterclockwise (to extend it).
Similarly, for plastic legs, you can use adjustable pliers to grip the leg and turn it either clockwise or counterclockwise. Adjust it a bit and check the spirit level to see if the bubble is centered. If it is, it means that the washing machine is levelled. If not, try adjusting the legs a bit more, until levelled.
3. Once it is levelled, lean against the machine to ensure that there is no movement.
Keep the machine as close to the floor as possible because the lower it is, the less likely it is to vibrate. Also, place the machine on the washing machine chassis. It keeps the machine steady and balanced.
The Tub Bearing May Have To Be Replaced
Did you know that all washing machines have a part called – tub bearing, be it front-loading or top-loading machines?
This is the part that the tub sits on, allowing it to rotate freely. Tub bearing is located below the outer tank in top-loader machines and on the sides in a front-loader machine. The outer tank is the white plastic part with an inner stainless steel drum.
If your washing machine makes an unusual noise, there is a possibility that the tub bearing is worn out.
Sometimes lack of lubrication also causes the tub bearing to wear out quickly. An unusual noise or uneven spinning is a clear indication that the bearing needs to be replaced. Rusted bearings are also a cause of the noise that you hear when the washer is spinning.
Washing machine bearings usually have a lifespan of over 10 years. If yours is older, may be its time to replace the tub bearing.
You have to split the outer tank apart to reach the tub bearing. The hoses, suspension, water seal, inner drum and electrical assembly are located between the bearings and the outer tank. If you think the tub bearing needs to be replaced, get it done from a professional from the same brand.
Ensure The Load Is Evenly Distributed in your Washing Machine
One mistake most of us make is to unevenly stuff clothes in the washer or overload it to save time and money in the process.
This is the worst thing to do, as it causes the inner tub of the washing machine to spin unevenly, often hitting against the outer tub and creating a loud unusual noise. This is a more common case with top-loading washing machines.
To avoid this, avoid over stuffing the washer with heavy clothes like towels, rugs, curtains, etc. They absorb a lot of water, causing an unbalanced spin. If you think the washer is overstuffed, remove some heavy laundry, if necessary and redistribute the weight in the tub.
Clothes need space to spin in the washer. Fabric rubbing against fabric helps to dislodge dirt. If the washer is overstuffed with laundry, it disturbs the spin cycle from spinning the fabric.
Also, a heavy load may require you to run an extra rinse cycle to get rid of the detergent, which means using more water and electricity.
Not to forget, excessive laundry puts stress on the washer. The agitator in top-loading washing machines could break if a full load of clothing gets tangled in its fins. An agitator is a part in the center of an automatic washing machine’s wash drum.
The agitator is equipped with fins or vanes. It twists and turns during the machine’s wash cycle to remove dirt from the clothes.
Change The Belt Of Washing Machine
Washing machines are driven by a motor that works with the help of a belt that causes it to spin. The only way to find out if the belt is worn out is when the washing machine motor makes an unusual noise.
If you hear a constant noise during the spin cycle, it means it’s time to replace the belt. Do not delay changing the belt or the washer will stop spinning once the belt breaks down over time. If that happens, you may smell a burning rubber.
The drive belt usually costs anywhere between Rs 300 – Rs 500. Again, a belt is difficult to change without help from a professional. It’s a good idea to call for repairs when your washer starts showing signs of a worn out belt. If you want to try changing the belt yourself, you can do so by following the steps below:
1. Unplug your washing machine from the power outlet to replace the belt.
2. See if your washing machine has an access panel. If it does, it will be on one of the sides, most likely the back. You need to remove it to replace the belt. If not, you will have to look through the bottom of your machine for the belt.
3. Remove the access panel of your washing machine once you locate it and gently turn the washing machine on its side. The belt will be black in colour.
4. Remove the clamps that connect rubber coupling, belt and the washing machine motor.
5. Slide the old washing machine belt off the transmission and motor pulleys and replace it with the new belt by slipping it over the transmission and motor pulleys from which you removed the old belt.
6. Reconnect the rubber coupling and the clamps over the new washing machine belt.
7. Place the access panel back and turn your washing machine to the right position.
8. Plug the machine back into the power outlet and try a spin cycle to ensure it is running properly.
Do not try this yourself if you are not confident or you may end up damaging the washer or cause other parts to malfunction. Call for a professional from the authorised brand service center to avoid any damage.
Buy An Extended Warranty Plan For Your Washing Machine
Its best to be prepared in advance by getting the washing machine covered for the next few years with an extended warranty plan and be worry-free.
Buying a new washing machine is not the only solution always, no matter what the problem in your washing machine.
Instead you can repair your washing machine at a nominal cost if you have the extended warranty plan handy. Click here for information on the Onsitego Extended Warranty Plan for your washing machine.
(Illustrations by Mohd. Danish)