You may be wondering why your washer is so loud while it spins, and you may be thinking that this is going to be an expensive fix. There are actually a few, easy to fix solutions for why your washing machine is loud during spin cycle. You will find in the post a few different reasons why your washer may be producing grinding and banging sounds during its spin cycle. Using this list, you may be able to avoid needing to call in a repairman and get it fixed on your own.
Before you perform any work on your washing machine, ensure you have disconnected it from its power source.
Reasons Why Your Washing Machine is Loud During Spin Cycles
Motor Couplings are Worn
The coupling that connects the motor to the transmission may be worn out. These parts are typically used in top loading washing machines. This coupling is likely to wear down over time and eventually leading to the drive forks to slip. The drive forks can lead to a rumbling sound as it moves against the basket while it spins.
Shock absorbers are used to help ensure that the tub does not slam around while it is in spin cycle. If your shock absorbers are weak or broken, this can lead to the tub slamming during the spin cycle. They may also be leaking fluid which may result in them needing to be replaced and over time, reduces the amount of pressure they can absorb.
There are usually two places the tub bearings can be found, and it depends on the type of loading washer you have. If you have a top loading washer, find one bearing where the shaft connects to the tub and the other at the bottom of the transmission. For a frontloading washer, you can find both bearings under the back of the outer tub. If you are experiencing excessive amounts of noise and your washer is off balance during the spin cycle, the bearings typically are needing to be replaced.
The clutch is used to connect the transmission shaft and the wash tub drive. This is engaged when the spin cycle is running. If the clutch is worn out, it may be causing friction that is leading to scratching and scraping sounds as the spin cycle runs. This can also cause the cycle to run slower than it usually would. If you notice your clothes are coming out soaking wet when the cycle is completed, this is usually the cause.
A belt to control the pully that is connected to the drain pump, may be used for some top loading washers. Overtime, the belt can weaken or crack, leading to a squealing or loud sound while it is spinning or draining. You can check to see if the belt looks worn out, or if you can smell burnt rubber. If you find either of these issues, it is time to replace the belt.
Always ensure that the power is turned off before you start looking for any of these causes. It is best to call in a specialist to help you diagnose and repair these issues.