Washer Beeping 3 Times? Here’s What’s Going On

Are you puzzled by your washer beeping three times like it’s trying to send you a secret message? Don’t worry; it’s not aliens or a top-secret code. 

It’s merely your washer trying to communicate an issue that requires your attention. But what could be causing your trusty appliance to beep like it’s trying to get your attention?

In this article, we’ll explore eight common reasons behind the mysterious three beeps that your washer might emit. 

We’ll delve into everything from troubleshooting faulty door latches to deciphering error codes to help you get to the bottom of this beeping mystery. Grab your detective hat, and let’s solve this case.

In a nutshell, you’ll find answers related to:

  1. Door latch issues
  2. Error codes and what they mean
  3. Water supply problems
  4. Blocked or clogged filters
  5. Electronic control board malfunctions

Please keep reading to uncover the secrets behind your washer’s beeping and return it to its quiet, efficient self.

What you will need:

  • A flashlight
  • A bucket or container
  • A pair of pliers
  • A soft brush or cloth
  • A multimeter (optional)
  • Tech service manual (if available)

Washer Beeping 3 Times? Check These 8 Things

#1: Avoid Overloading Your Washer

Overloading your washer with a large load of laundry might seem like a time-saver, but it could also cause a beeping issue. Newer models often beep as a warning when overloaded, as the extra weight can strain the machine’s internal components and cause severe damage.

To fix this issue:

  • Check under the lid for the maximum capacity your machine can handle.
  • As a rule of thumb, fill the washing machine at most 75% full. For example, if your washer has a 7-kilogram (15 lbs) capacity, keep the laundry load to no more than 5 kilograms (11 lbs).
  • Adjust the size of your laundry load to avoid overloading and causing damage to your washer.

#2: Ensure Your Washer Is On A Stable Surface

An unstable washing machine can bounce around during fast spin cycles, especially with large loads, causing it to beep as a warning. In addition, if your washer is not level or balanced, it could risk tipping over and sustaining damage during operation.

To fix this issue:

  • Check if your washer has adjustable feet. If so, turn the feet left or right to raise or lower them until all four firmly touch the ground.
  • If your washer doesn’t have adjustable feet, use wood shims or rubber pads under the feet that are too low to create a level surface for your machine. It will provide better grip and stability compared to materials like cardboard.
  • To level your washer while spinning with a load of clothes, wait for the uneven foot to lift off the ground, then turn the foot by hand until it’s solidly on the ground and can’t be turned further. It ensures proper leveling and stability during the spin cycle.
  • Ensure the surface your washing machine is placed on is sturdy and even, as this will help prevent any movement or beeping during operation.
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Washing machine properly placed on a flat surface

#3: Inspect for Laundry Caught in the Washer

Laundry trapped between the door seal and the glass can cause the door to leak, allowing water to run down the front and collect in the bottom tray. To address this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Disconnect the appliance from water and power supplies.
  1. Place a towel on the floor behind the washing machine.
  1. Slightly tilt the appliance backward, creating a 10–15 cm gap between the floor and the kickboard on the front.
  1. Hold the appliance in this position for about 30–40 seconds, allowing the water in the bottom tray to flow out onto the towel.
  1. Carefully lower the appliance back to the floor and reconnect it.
  1. Examine the water supply and drainage.
  1. Inspect the filters in the inlet hose and water valve for cleanliness (where the inlet hose connects to the appliance and at the water tap).
  1. Initiate a wash cycle and observe if the problem has been resolved.

#4: Check the Door Latch

The first possible cause of your washer beeping three times could be an issue with the door latch. 

For most washing machines, the door must be securely closed and latched before the machine can start its cycle. If the door isn’t closing correctly or the latch is faulty, the washer will beep three times as a warning.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Ensure the door is closed correctly and aligned with the latch.
  • Inspect the latch for any visible damage or debris that could prevent it from functioning correctly.
  • Clean the latch and the surrounding area with a soft cloth or soft brush like a toothbrush to remove dirt or grime.
  • If the latch is damaged, consult your tech service manual or a service technician for guidance on replacing it.

#5: Decipher Error Codes

Your washer may be beeping three times to indicate a specific error code. These codes alert you to potential issues with your appliance. To understand what beeping means, you’ll need to consult your tech manual or search online for a list of error codes related to your specific make and model.

Remember that the user manual typically doesn’t contain component information or repair instructions. Instead, a service manual, written for appliance technicians, is needed for such information. To find a service manual, check out our free guide on finding manuals online. Alternatively, consider purchasing access to a tech manual library, such as appliancetechmanuals.com.

Once you’ve identified the error code, follow the troubleshooting steps provided to resolve the issue. Remember that some error codes require professional assistance, don’t hesitate to call a technician.

#6: Inspect the Water Supply

A washer beeping three times could also indicate a problem with the water supply. Your washing machine needs an adequate supply of water to function correctly. If there’s an issue with the water supply, the washer may beep three times as a warning.

Here’s how to check your water supply:

  • Ensure the faucets connected to the washer are turned on and supplied with water.
  • Inspect the water supply hoses for kinks, leaks, or damage. If necessary, replace any damaged hoses.
  • Check the hose screens (usually found at the faucet end of the supply hoses) for debris and clean them if needed. All washers have 1-2 screens on the water valve connection check and clean those on the machine.
  • Take hoses off the washer and hold it pointing inside the washer, turn on the valve and make sure water flows through the hose fast on both hot and cold.
  • If your washer is still beeping, you may need to consult a professional plumber to check your home’s water supply and pressure.

#7: Clean the Filters

Washing machines have filters to catch debris, lint, and other particles. Unfortunately, these filters can become clogged over time, affecting your washer’s performance and potentially causing it to beep three times.

To clean the filters:

  • Locate the filters in your washer, usually near the water inlet valve or at the bottom of the machine of your front-load washer. Refer to your tech service manual for specific locations.
  • Carefully remove the filters using a pair of pliers if necessary.
  • Clean the filters with a soft brush or cloth to remove debris, lint, or particles. You can also rinse them under running water.
  • Once clean, reinstall the filters and ensure they are securely in place.

#8: Investigate the Electronic Control Board

If your washer continues to beep three times, it could be a sign of a malfunctioning electronic control board. This component is responsible for managing the various functions of your washing machine, and any issues with it can cause your washer to behave strangely, including emitting beeps.

washer panel
If your control board is damaged, you might need to seek a technician

To check the electronic control board:

  • Unplug your washer from the power source.
  • Locate the control board, usually found behind the control panel or at the bottom of the machine. 
  • Inspect the control board for any signs of damage, such as burnt spots or loose connections.

If you discover any issues with the electronic control board, you may need to replace it. Consult your tech service manual or a service technician for guidance on replacing this component.


A washer beeping three times can be caused by various issues, ranging from simple fixes to more complex problems. We’ve covered several steps to help you troubleshoot and resolve these issues, including checking the door lock, ensuring the washer is leveled, inspecting the water supply, and examining the load size. 

Remember that it’s crucial to address each potential cause carefully and patiently to avoid further complications.

Following the steps outlined in this guide, you should be able to identify and resolve the issue causing your washer to beep three times. However, if the problem persists, feel free to seek professional help from a qualified technician. 

Remember that preventive maintenance and regular checkups can go a long way in extending the life of your washing machine and ensuring its optimal performance. 

With proper care and attention, you’ll be able to keep your washer running smoothly and your laundry days stress-free.

Hi there! I’m Craig, and I’m the founder of Appliance Analysts. When it comes to appliances and anything electrical, I’ve always loved opening things up, figuring out how they work, and fixing them. This website is where I share free advice from myself and our experts to help our readers solve their appliance/HVAC problems and save money. Read more