Is Your Top-Load Washing Machine Making Noise?

By Terry Mehilos | Mar. 02, 2018 10:51 am PST

top load washer with dryer in laundry room

Is your top-load washer making a loud noise during the wash cycle? Watch our video to for tips to eliminate the top causes of washing machine noise.

Your washing machine shouldn’t be rumbling and grumbling like some sort of monster. Here are some of the most common problems that can go wrong with your washer:

  • Vibrating
  • Making a squealing sound
  • Hot rubber odor
  • Metal clanking sound

The good news is that many of these problems can be solved quite easily. It might be as simple as evening out your load or putting a piece of plywood under your washer’s legs.

Watch our video to see what the possible causes of these washing machine problems are as well as ways to solve the issues.

Remember to consult your owner’s manual first for information on how to properly care for your specific appliance.

Top-Load Washing Machine Making Noises?

Problem: Washer vibrating

Possible cause: An unbalanced load

Solution: Redistribute or add something to balance the load.

Problem: Washer still vibrating

Possible cause: The washing machine isn’t level.

Solution: Place a piece of ¾-inch plywood underneath the washer and dryer to keep them at equal heights.

Problem: Washer making noise

Possible cause: Not all four feet are in firm contact with the floor

Solution: Remove shipping materials such as bolts, blocks, straps or pins.

Problem: A squealing sound or hot rubber odor

Possible cause: The washer may be overloaded.

Solution: Reduce the size of the load.

Problem: Metal clanking sound

Possible cause: Metal snaps, buckles or loose change

Solution: There may be objects in the pump. Schedule a service call.

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