How To Solve A Washer Making Clicking Noises: 7 Steps

Is your washer making clicking noises and driving you up the wall? 

You’re not alone! Many folks have faced this pesky problem, and luckily, there are some simple solutions to try. 

I’m here to help you get to the bottom of this washer noise mystery so that you can enjoy your peaceful laundry days again.

In this article, I’ll guide you through 7 easy steps to identify and fix the source of that clicking noise. 

We’ll cover everything from checking belts to inspecting the drum, all explained in plain, simple language that anyone can follow.

Please put on your detective hat, and let’s start sleuthing for the cause of that annoying washer-clicking noise. With some patience and elbow grease, you’ll be back to smooth, quiet laundry operations in no time.

Together, we’ll embark on a quest to conquer those confounding clicks and restore harmony to your home.

Ready to become a laundry room superhero and tackle that annoying washer-clicking noise? Let’s dive in.

What You’ll Need

  • A flashlight
  • A screwdriver (Phillips and flathead)
  • A wrench (adjustable or socket set)
  • A pair of pliers

Want to Solve A Washer Making Clicking Noises? Follow These Steps

#1: Check for Loose Objects

Before we dive into the washer’s inner workings, let’s start simple. Sometimes, the clicking noise could be caused by loose objects (coins, buttons, or other small items) that found their way into the washer’s drum. 

checking for loose objects inside the washer
Check the drum for loose objects

So, first, check the drum and remove any loose objects you find. Then, give it a spin to see if the noise persists. If the clicking noise remains, it’s time to move on to the next step.

#2: Inspect the Agitator

The agitator is the spindle-like component in the middle of your washer’s drum that helps move your clothes around during the wash cycle. It might be the source of the clicking noise if it’s loose or damaged.

To inspect the agitator, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the fabric softener dispenser or cap (if your washer has one) by gently lifting it off or unscrewing it.
  1. For some models, you may need to remove an additional cap or cover to access the bolt or nut holding the agitator in place.
  1. Remove the bolt or nut that holds the agitator in place using a socket wrench or pliers.
  1. Carefully lift the agitator from the washer and inspect it for any damage, wear, or loose parts.
  1. If necessary, replace the agitator or tighten any loose components.
  1. Reassemble the agitator in the reverse disassembly order, ensuring to tighten the bolt or nut securely.

Remember that the exact steps may vary depending on your washer’s make and model. Always consult your washer’s user manual or search online for model-specific instructions.

#3: Examine the Drive Belt or Stator and Rotor

Depending on your washer’s design, it may have a drive belt that transfers power from the motor to the drum or a direct drive system using a stator and rotor. 

A worn, loose, or damaged drive belt can create a clicking noise, while issues with the stator and rotor can produce similar sounds.

For washers with a drive belt:

  1. Remove the washer’s back or front panel, depending on your washer’s design.
  1. Locate the drive belt, a stretchy, looped band resembling a giant, sturdy rubber band.
  1. Check the belt for any signs of wear, damage, or looseness, and replace it if necessary.
replacing the drive belt in a washer
Check the drive belt for any signs of damage or wear

For washers with a stator and rotor:

  1. Unplug the washer and remove the back panel or access the bottom of the washer.
  1. Locate the stator (the stationary part with coils) and the rotor (the part that rotates and contains magnets).
  1. Inspect the stator and rotor for any signs of damage or wear, such as cracked or chipped magnets.
  1. Ensure the rotor is appropriately aligned and securely attached to the motor shaft.
  1. If any components appear damaged or misaligned, consult a technician or replace the faulty parts.

#4: Investigate the Motor Coupling or Direct Drive System

The motor coupling connects the motor to the transmission in older washer models with a timer, allowing the washer to agitate and spin. In newer washer designs, a direct drive system is used instead. Both types can cause clicking noises if damaged or worn.

For older washer models with a motor coupling:

  1. Remove the washer’s cabinet or front panel, depending on the design, to access the motor coupling.
  1. Look for a small, plastic rubber component with three prongs connecting the motor to the transmission.
  1. Check the motor coupling for any signs of wear or damage and replace it if necessary.

For newer washer models with a direct drive system:

  1. Remove the washer’s back panel or access the bottom of the washer.
  1. Locate the stator and rotor, part of the direct drive system.
  1. Inspect these components for any signs of damage, misalignment, or wear.
  1. If any issues are found, consult a technician or replace the faulty parts.

#5: Explore the Clutch Assembly

The clutch assembly helps your washer switch between agitating and spinning. If worn or damaged, it could be the source of the clicking noise. To access the clutch assembly, you’ll need to remove the washer’s cabinet or front panel and the transmission. 

Instead, you’ll find it under the outer tub, near the transmission. To get there, remove the agitator and inner and outer tubs. 

The clutch assembly looks like a round, flat piece with a ring of gear-like teeth on the outer edge. Swap it out for a new one if it’s worn out or damaged. 

#6: Look at the Water Pump

The water pump drains water from your washer during the spin cycle. If it’s clogged or damaged, it could create a clicking noise. 

To access the water pump, you’ll need to remove the washer’s cabinet or front panel. Look for a round plastic component with two hoses connected to it. 

Once you’ve located it, check for debris, damage, or leaks. If you find any issues, clean the pump or replace it if necessary.

#7: Preventative Measures and Maintenance

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To keep your washer running smoothly and noise-free, follow these simple tips:

  • Refrain from overloading your washer. Be mindful of the weight and size of each load.
  • Use the appropriate amount of detergent for your washer and load size.
  • Regularly clean your washer’s lint filter if it has one.
  • Keep the washer level to avoid any unnecessary strain on the components.

Following these steps will make you more likely to catch any issues before they become catastrophes.


So there you have it. With some patience, some elbow grease, and these detailed steps, you’re well on your way to solving the mystery of the clicking washer. And don’t forget to use your newfound knowledge to impress your friends and neighbors – after all, who wouldn’t want to be known as the local washer whisperer? 

Happy troubleshooting.

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