Today’s modern technology makes for top-notch appliances. So why would a Whirlpool washer make a loud noise when spinning? Simply put, parts wear out over time even with a high-quality appliance. If you’re up for a DIY check, you may find a simple fix to the problem.
Does Your Whirlpool Washer Make a Loud Noise When Spinning? Try this.
So why does your Whirlpool washer make a loud noise when spinning? The cause could be a failed or defective part. Let’s check it out.
Drive Pulley Damaged
When a Whirlpool washer makes a loud noise when spinning, the drive pulley is the first thing to check. There is a belt that wraps around the drive motor and pulley to spin the washer tub. Inspect this belt for signs of damage, accumulated dirt, and general wear and tear.
If you find your washing machine spin cycle very loud, a damaged belt is a common culprit. If the drive pulley belt is defective in any way, replace it as this could fix the problem.
Failed Motor Coupling
The drive motor coupling connects the motor to the transmission using two plastic drive forks with a rubber coupling between them. As the motor shaft rotates, the rubber coupling absorbs the torque to prevent damage to the plastic forks.
Over time, the coupling assembly wears out and eventually begins to vibrate and then the washer spin cycle is loud with a thudding vibration. Inspect the motor coupling and replace it if there are any visible signs of damage.
Defective Tub Bearing
Both top load and front load washers have tub bearings that allow the tub to turn freely during the wash cycle. These bearings are sheltered from water, detergent, and other elements by a protective seal. Overloading, harsh detergents, and time can erode the protective seal and expose the tub bearings.
Does your Whirlpool washer make a loud noise when spinning? This could be an indication of defective tub bearings. If you suspect your tub bearings have been compromised, it’s best to replace the bearings as well as the tub seal. Replacing the bearings and seal is tricky- it’s best to hire a professional for this one.
Worn Out Clutch Assembly
A Whirlpool washing machine making loud banging noise on the spin cycle is nerve-racking. The clutch engages the transmission with the tub during the spin cycle, which allows the tub to spin fast.
Excessive overloading causes the clutch to wear out over time and consequently, the tub spins slower and more noisily. If you notice symptoms of a worn out clutch assembly, you’d be wise to replace it.
Even the handiest DIY person needs a trained professional from time to time. Some washer part replacements are complex and best performed by a qualified technician. If parts replacement is out of your league, then contact the experts at GFY Appliance Repair & Showroom to diagnose and repair your washer for you.