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What to do if your washing machine starts grinding every time you start it? The truth is, there’s no single set-in-stone answer. There are several reasons for a grinding noise during a loaded washer’s agitation.
In this post, we will examine the most common causes of the problem and go over ways to stop your washing machine from grinding.
There are plenty of reasons why washing machines make unusual noises during agitation — including a faulty component, a poor manufacturing, or a maintenance failure. Since we are primarily focusing on the reasons appliances make grinding noises, we trimmed the list of most likely causes to eight possibilities. Let’s take a closer look at them:
Unfortunately, in most cases, you will not be able to fix the component of the washing machine that causes agitation noises and will need to replace it instead. However, the following tips are often helpful in troubleshooting agitation noise issues and can restore the function of the washer.
If the pump is to blame for the grinding noises, you are in luck — most of the time, a thorough cleaning session will resolve the issue. Here’s how to fix the pump:
Step 1. Unplug the washing machine from the electrical supply.
Step 2. Unplug the front panel, plug the washer back in and give it a run (without touching the appliance with your hands to avoid an electric shock).
Step 3. Verify if there’s any agitation noise without the pump. If there isn’t, that’s proof the issue is caused by a defective pump.
Step 4. Remove the inlet hose of the pump and see if an impeller is dirty. If so, clean it with a cloth and some vinegar.
Step 5. If there are physical cracks in the pump, get a replacement and install it.
Checking shock absorbers is another reasonable action when dealing with washing machine noise during agitation. Unplug the washer and determine the location of the shock absorbers — depending on the model, it will either be a front or a rear panel of the appliance.
Here are the signs that you should replace the shock absorbers of your washing machine:
Even if only one of the absorbers is faulty, experienced technicians recommend replacing all absorbers at once to avoid mismatches between the different components.
By assessing the drive motor, you will be one step closer to figuring out the reason behind the washing machine’s grinding noise during agitation. There are two common drive motor malfunctions:
If it is the former, there’s nothing to do other than replace the motor. If the latter is the case, make sure nothing is stuck between the spinning parts, check that the capacitor is not swollen, and ensure all wire connections come together.
Once the motor can rotate freely, you shouldn’t hear washing machine grinding.
If you’re looking for a professional team to handle repair services at your home or business in Canada, consider SMS Appliances — a team of certified and reliable technicians. Our specialists will inspect your washing machine, determine the cause of a washing machine making a grinding noise during agitation, and fix the problem.
Other than the affordable repair cost, here’s what makes SMS Appliances technicians a trusted team for home and business maintenance and repair services:
To contact SMS Appliances technicians for washing machines or other repair help, call us or leave a message. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you get the most out of your appliances.
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