Noisy on spin cycle
It's very difficult to advise on a noisy washing machine because you can't describe noises accurately enough. People often describe the same noises quite differently.
Generally though, if a washing machine is rumbling, and noisy on spin,
the main suspect is the drum bearings. Drum bearing failure is common on
washing machines due to water getting into them if the drum bearing
seal fails. To check for drum bearing failure you can take the belt off
and spin the drum by hand. If the drum rumbles when spun then the
bearings have probably gone.
Another drum bearing failure symptom is excessive up and down play in
the drum which can be checked for by lifting the drum up and down from
the drum lip behind the door seal. A further symptom of drum bearing
failure is a brown rust patch underneath the washing machine and down
the back of the outer drum, underneath the drum pulley (where the belt
goes) There are usually two small holes at the back of the drum bearings
where water that has got past the drum bearing seal trickles out, and
it's usually stained with grease and rust.
Other causes of a noisy washing machine are coins and other obstructions
inside the water pump. This will cause noise when the washing machine
is emptying the water. Coins or other obstructions can get trapped
between the outer tub and the inner drum. This would produce a lot of
noise on spin as they coins get tossed around inside. Usually, spinning
the drum by hand will not reproduce the noise in the case of coins as
the coins drop to the bottom of the tub when the washing machine isn't
A light scraping noise when the drum is turned by hand is usually a bra wire trapped between the tub and drum.
A high pitched squealing or harsh noise can be motor bearing wear. This
can also be checked for by taking the belt off and running the motor
A knocking noise can be a loose tub weight. This would be worse with
heavy loads and would not be present on spin with no washing in. This is
because the knocking noise is caused when the tub (or outer drum)
shakes about on spin. Without washing inside the drum the tub doesn't
move. Another symptom of a loose tub weight is grey concrete dust under
the washing machine.
It's very tempting to ignore noises while the washing machine is still
otherwise working. Some noises can be ignored as they will not develop
into serious faults. Other noises, if left, will cause extensive damage
and can end up costing considerably more than if tackled early or these
days writing the washing machine off. Of course the problem is that you
can't tell which of the categories a noise falls into - so ignore them
at your own risk.
Jul 28, 2012 |
Roper Washing Machines