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Noises During Spin - Front Load Washer

Troubleshooting Laundry Accessories, Washer Dryer Combos, Washers Last Updated 05/10/2018

Noises During Spin - Front Load Washer

If the front load washer is making noises during the spin cycle, select the type of noise from the list below for appropriate troubleshooting:

Grinding Noises
Scraping Noises
Rumbling Noises
Knocking / Banging Noises
Squeaking Noises
Other Noises
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Grinding Noises

If the washer is making grinding noises during the spin cycle:

  1. Remove any clothing that is inside the drum.

  2. With the clothing removed, rotate the drum by hand to see if the grinding noise continues.

  3. If the grinding noise stops, it is likely that the sound was generated by a clothing item being washed. If the noise continues, the washer will require repair service.

 

 

Scraping Noises

If the washer is making scraping noises during the spin cycle:

  1. Remove any clothing that is inside the drum.

  2. With the clothing removed, rotate the drum by hand to see if the scraping noise continues.

  3. If the scraping noise stops, it is likely that the sound was generated by a clothing item being washed. If the noise continues, feel around the inner drum surface for any foreign objects.

  4. If a foreign object is found, remove the object and spin the drum by hand again to confirm the issue is resolved. If no foreign object is found, the washer will require repair service.

 

 

Rumbling Noises

Rumbling When The Unit Is Draining

If the washer is making a rumbling noise when the unit is draining, this may indicate a drain pump filter obstruction.

  1. Press the POWER button to turn the washing machine off and remove the plug from the outlet.

  2. Open the drain pump filter cover.

  3. Unclip the drain hose and remove the plug from the drain hose to drain the water remaining inside the wash tub. Drain the excess water into a small bowl or shallow pan.

  4. After all the remaining water has drained from the drain hose, twist the pump filter counterclockwise to remove from the washer.

  5. Clean the pump filter and filter opening with a soft-bristled brush and warm water.

  6. Place the cap back into the drain hose and reattach the hose to the washer.

  7. Insert the drain pump filter back into the washing machine, making sure it is inserted securely. Close the drain pump filter cover.

  8. Run a new cycle to determine if the rumbling noise has stopped. If the rumbling noise continues, the washer will require repair service.

High Pitched Rumble

A high pitched rumbling noise is usually caused by a foreign object in the drum.

  1. Remove all clothing items from the inside of the drum.

  2. Feel around the inner drum surface for any foreign objects.

  3. If a foreign object is found, remove the object and spin the drum by hand again to confirm the issue is resolved. If no foreign object is found, the washer will require repair service.

Shuttering Rumble

A shuttering rumble noise when the washer starts or stops spinning can indicate a possible rotor issue. The washer will require repair service.

Low Deep Rumble

A low deep rumble during the spin cycle can indicate a possible bearing issue. The washer will require repair service.

Knocking / Banging Noises

If the washer is making a knocking or banging noise during the spin cycle, it is important to confirm that the shipping bolts are removed.

Shipping Bolts

If the shipping bolts are still in the washer, use the wrench supplied with the washer to remove them, or an adjustable wrench. There are four shipping bolts: 2 short bolts at the top and 2 long bolts at the bottom.

If the shipping bolts are not installed in the washer and the unit is still making a knocking or banging noise, check the leveling of the washer. For more information on leveling, refer to Leveling - Front Load Washer.

If the washer is level, the shipping bolts are removed and the unit is still making knocking or banging noises, the washer will require repair service.

Squeaking Noises

If the washer is making a squeaking noise during the spin cycle, the issue may be caused by a dirty gasket or door seal.

  1. Open the washer door.

  2. Clean around the door glass and the door seal.

  3. Once the door glass and door seal are clean, run a spin only cycle by powering the washer ON, pressing the SPIN SPEED button until HIGH SPIN is highlighted and pressing the START/PAUSE button.

  4. If the squeaking noise continues, press on the door while the washer is spinning to determine if the noise stops. If the noise stops, the washer will require repair service.

  5. If the squeaking noise does not stop when the door is pressed, confirm that the washer is not slipping on the floor while in operation. If the washer is slipping, clean underneath the washer and dry the floor. It may also be necessary to use a rubber cup or pad to provide a grip on tile or wooden surfaces.

  6. The drum of the washer will spin at a very high speed during the spin cycle. Because of this, it is important that the washer is leveled properly. For more information on leveling, refer to Leveling - Front Load Washer.

  7. If the unit has been leveled, the washer will require repair service.

Other Noises

Clicking Sounds

Clicking sounds are usually heard from relays such as water valves and the door lock mechanism, or from clothing items contacting the drum. This is normal.

Humming Sounds

Humming sounds are usually heard from the drain pump operation. A low frequency hum may also be heard as the drum begins to rotate. This is normal.

Air / Wind Blowing Sounds

Air or wind blowing sounds are usually the sounds of air being moved while the drum spins at high RPM. This is normal.

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