Is your washer playing a solo drum performance every time you do laundry?
Then it’s time to turn down the volume and restore peace to your home. Washer banging noises are a headache-inducing annoyance and could signal an underlying issue that needs fixing.
This article will cover ten straightforward troubleshooting steps to fix your washer’s banging.
We’ll explore potential causes such as unbalanced loads, worn suspension parts, and loose drive belts, to name a few.
Before we get started, make sure you have these tools handy:
What You’ll Need
- A level (or a leveling app on your smartphone)
- A flashlight
- A screwdriver (Phillips and flathead)
- A socket wrench
- A towel or cloth (to wipe up any spills)
Solving A Washer That Keeps Banging
#1: Level Up and Balance Your Washer
Before hunting for gremlins in your washer, check if it’s leveled. A wobbly washer can cause a lot of noise during the spin cycle.
Grab your trusty level (or use a leveling app on your smartphone) and place it on top of the washer, both front to back and side to side. If the bubble isn’t centered, adjust the washer’s legs until it’s balanced.
In addition, due to uneven floors, especially tile, it’s also a good idea to gently shake the washer with your finger placed between the front feet and the floor. Adjust the legs until the washer doesn’t move. Now you’re ready to rock and roll – minus the noise.
#2: Check the Load Size
Sometimes, the solution to a banging washer is simpler than you’d think. An uneven or overfilled load can make your washer dance to its beat.
Before diving into the nitty-gritty, ensure you’re not overloading your washer or mixing heavy items with lighter ones.
Instead, distribute your laundry evenly; your washer might quiet down without further ado. Who knew laundry could be a balancing act.
#3: Check for Unbalanced Loads
An unbalanced load is one of the most common reasons for a washer making banging noises during the spin cycle. When clothes are not evenly distributed in the drum, the washer can become off-balance, causing it to shake and make loud noises.
To prevent unbalanced loads:
- Make sure to load your washer evenly, distributing clothes around the drum as uniformly as possible. Avoid overloading your washer, as this can make it more difficult for the clothes to move and spread evenly.
- If you notice your washer making banging noises during a cycle, manually pause the cycle and redistribute the load. This may help to even out the weight inside the drum and reduce the noise.
- Remember that certain items, like heavy blankets or large towels, can quickly become unbalanced during the spin cycle. Consider washing these items separately or with similarly sized items to maintain a balanced load.
Remember that regularly checking for unbalanced loads can help prevent excessive noise and prolong the life of your washer.
#4: Evaluate the Suspension Springs
Suspension springs are like your washer’s personal gymnasts, helping it bounce back when things get rough. Depending on your washer model, they’re typically located around the top of the tub or at the base.
First, unplug your washer and remove the front panel to inspect the springs. Check for any signs of stretching, damage, or dislocation. If they’re not in tip-top shape, it’s time to swap them out for some fresh springs.
#5: Inspect the Drive Pulley
The drive pulley is like your washer’s spin master, responsible for rotating the tub during the spin cycle. It’s usually attached to the motor at the bottom of the machine.
Unplug your washer and remove the front panel to access the drive pulley. Check for any wear or damage, such as cracks or loose connections.
If the pulley looks like it’s seen better days, it’s time to replace it and restore harmony to your laundry room.
#6: Check the Drive Block
The drive block transfers the motor’s rotational movement to the drum. If the drive block is damaged or worn, it can cause the drum to wobble and create a banging noise during the spin cycle. To inspect the drive block:
- Unplug your washer and remove the agitator (if applicable).
- Locate the drive block, which sits atop the washer’s transmission shaft and is usually secured by a nut or retaining clip.
- Check the drive block for signs of wear or damage, such as stripped threads or a loose fit on the transmission shaft.
- If the drive block appears damaged or worn, replace it to resolve the banging noise.
Remember that drive block issues are more common in top-loading washers. If you have a front-loading washer, this might not be the cause of the banging noise.
#7: Check the Spider Arm Assembly
The spider arm assembly, also known as the drum support, is an essential component in front-loading washers. It connects the inner drum to the back of the outer tub and helps to keep the drum stable during operation.
If the spider arm assembly is corroded or broken, it can cause the drum to wobble and create a banging noise during the spin cycle.
To check the spider arm assembly:
- Unplug your washer and remove the rear panel to access the spider arm assembly.
- Inspect the assembly for signs of corrosion, wear, or damage, such as cracked or broken arms.
- If the spider arm assembly appears damaged or corroded, you must replace it to resolve the banging noise.
Keep in mind that replacing the spider arm assembly is a complex and time-consuming process. Consider hiring a professional technician to handle the repair, especially if you’re not experienced with appliance repairs.
#8: Level the Washer
Finally, your washer could be banging because it’s not level. Like a seesaw that’s off-kilter, an unbalanced washer can make quite a racket. To level your washer:
- Grab a spirit level and place it on top of the machine.
- Check the level from front to back and side to side. If your washer is not level, adjust the leveling legs by turning them clockwise to raise the machine or counterclockwise to lower it.
- Once your washer is level, tighten the lock nuts to secure the legs.
There are eight steps to help silence your washer’s impromptu drum solos. By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to restoring quiet to your laundry room.
The next time your washer starts making a banging noise, remember these steps and take action.
Your ears, neighbors, and sanity will thank you for it. Remember, when working with appliances, always unplug them before performing maintenance or repairs. Safety first, my friends.
And if you need clarification on any of the steps or feel uncomfortable performing them, feel free to call a professional. After all, there’s no shame in calling for backup when you need it. Good luck, and happy washing.