How to fix a noisy washing machine

A washing machine is an essential household appliance that saves time and effort in our everyday lives. However, these machines can make an excessive amount of noise during wash cycles, a grievance particularly felt by those working from home.

If you hear loud washing machine noises during your laundry cycle, you’ll want to find a way to dampen the noise and identify where it is coming from to ensure there isn’t something more serious at play.

Why is my washing machine noise so loud?

Your washing machine could be making noise for a number of reasons. One common reason you might start hearing a larger noise during your agitation cycle is a worn-out drum bearing or even a broken drive pulley. Either of these can cause your drum to sound louder than before. Other reasons can include poor installation or an uneven surface.

Your washing machine should make some noise during the spin cycle, but it shouldn’t be overwhelming. If you notice a high-pitch or grinding noise, it is best to get a professional to look at it.

How to fix a noisy washing machine

Fixing a loud washing machine means identifying where the sound might be coming from and putting the right steps in place to help reduce the noise. There are a couple of reasons why your washing machine noise might be getting louder. To fix a noisy washing machine, you should:

1. Identify the Problem

Firstly, you need to identify the source of the problem. Is the washing machine drum banging or making a grinding noise? Is it making a clunking or rattling noise? Knowing the type of noise your machine is making will help you identify the solution.

2. Check the Load

washing in a machine

An overloaded washing machine is a common cause of noise during the spin cycle. If you've overloaded your washing machine, remove some of the clothes and restart the wash cycle. When loading your washing machine, make sure that your laundry does not exceed the machine’s maximum capacity. This will prevent the drum from banging or making any loud noise.

3. Level the Washing Machine

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A washing machine that is not levelled can also cause a lot of noise. Use a spirit level to check if the machine is even on the floor. If it's not, adjust the feet accordingly until it is levelled. It is also to ensure that the appliance is standing firmly on all feet and doesn’t wobble. Adjust the feet if required. For more information, please read our dedicated how-to guide that explains how to adjust your washing machines feet.

4. Check the Drum

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If your washing machine’s drum is making a grinding noise, it may be due to a foreign object stuck inside. Check the drum carefully and remove any foreign objects that you may find.

5. Check the Pump and Filter

washing machine filter

A washing machine making a clicking noise or a washing machine with a drain noise can be due to a blocked pump or filter. Clean the pump filter and try again. For more information see our how to clean your washing machine page.

6. Call a Professional

If you have tried the above tips and your washing machine is still making noise, it's best to call a professional. A qualified technician will be able to identify the problem and provide a solution. For support with a Beko washing machine, please contact Beko’s Customer Service at 0333 207 9710 for assistance or visit our repairs page. Our expert support team will be more than happy to assist and organise technical assistance for you.

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