February 11, 2015

Common noises from a laundry center washer

By Sears PartsDirect staff
Common noises from a laundry center washer.
Common noises from a laundry center washer.

Noises from the washer in a laundry center can be alarming if you aren’t familiar with the sound, but knowing the normal operating sounds will help determine if there is a problem. We've put together a list of common, normal operating sounds a laundry center washer can make and the reasons for the noises.

  • Metallic clicking while washing: The drive system shifter engages and disengages multiple times throughout the wash cycle.

  • Swoosh or light clicking during agitation: The motor used for agitating rotates back and forth to move the laundry.

  • Clicking when water fills: The water valve shuts off and on as it allows cold and hot water to enter and mix until the correct water temperature is reached.

  • Click when water stops filling: A relay switch activates when the water reaches the correct level in the washer, shutting the fill water off.

  • Humming during drain cycle: The drain pump hums as it begins to drain the tub after agitation stops, and continues until the spin cycle is done.

  • Gurgling during drain cycle: When the drain pump starts drawing in air, it makes a gurgling sound and continues to do so until the spin cycle is complete.

Symptoms common to all laundry centers

Choose a symptom to see related laundry center repairs.

Main causes: blocked exhaust vent, clogged lint screen, bad timer, moisture sensing problems, weak gas valve coils, bad heating element
Main causes: control system failure, broken heating element, bad gas valve coils, gas supply failure, voltage supply problem, blown fuse
Main causes: bad lid switch or lid lock, drive motor failure, broken motor coupler, bad timer, faulty electronic control board
Main causes: broken lid switch or lid lock, faulty drive motor, drain system problem, broken drive system components
Main causes: door not fully shut, bad door switch, faulty push-to-start switch, wiring failure, bad drive motor, blown fuse, control failure
Main causes: unbalanced load, broken suspension springs or shocks, worn snubber ring
Main causes: clogged drain system, blocked drain hose, bad drain pump
Main causes: broken dryer drive belt, weak drive motor, binding drum seals
Main causes: lack of water supply, failed lid switch or lid lock, bad water level pressure switch, control system failure, bad water valve

Repair guides common to all laundry centers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your laundry center.

How to replace a laundry center washer drive motor

If the motor doesn’t run, you can replace it in less than an hour.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center washer snubber ring

If the washer tub bangs the cabinet during the spin cycle even though the load is balanced, you might need to replace the snubber ring in the base of the washer.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center washer lid lock switch

If the washer fills but won’t start the agitation cycle, the lid lock switch could be defective.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all laundry centers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your laundry center.

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