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Direct Drive Washer Problem Noises & Sounds

Washing machines are fairly simple appliances made of only a few moving parts capable of making noises.

Appliance repair people know that the same problem sounds and noises happen over and over again. I can’t count how many times I’ve listened to top load washing machines making a loud buzzing or clicking noise. An experienced appliance repair service person will often know your washing machine’s problem within seconds of first hearing a noise.  My deaf uncle puts his hand on the top of a washer to feel it’s vibrations.  Sound can be an excellent tool for troubleshooting washing machine problems. Most of the noises you will hear are easy to recognize and point to a specific problem. Click on a speaker to listen to some washer noises. If you find a familiar sound use the links to learn more, watch a washer repair video, or find washing machine repair parts!

NOTE: The noises you will hear from this “direct drive” washer is the older Whirlpool built “direct drive” top loading style without a belt… not the new fancy “direct drive” magnetic motor system used on many washers built in the last 10 years.

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Broken washing machine motor coupling

This buzzing sound was recorded while the washing machine was attempting to spin with a broken motor coupling.

-Watch Washer Coupling Repair Videos!

-Buy A Washing Machine Motor Coupling!

-Not Sure Yet I Need More Help.

Locked up washer motor sound

-LISTEN CLOSE- This humming sound was recorded from a washing machine that had a sock jamming the pump and so the washer motor was unable to rotate.

-Watch the Direct Drive Washer Repair Videos!

-Buy A Washing Machine Motor!

-Not Sure Yet I Need More Help.

An object in the washing machine’s drain pump

This buzzing sound was recorded from a washer that had a toothpick lodged in the pump during the wash portion of the cycle.

-Watch the Washer Pump Repair Videos!

-Buy A Washing Machine Pump!

-Not Sure Yet I Need More Help.


A worn out or loose washer drive block

This knocking sound was recorded as the washing machine was engaging the brake at the end of a spin cycle.

-Watch the Washer Drive System Video!

-Buy A Washing Machine Drive Block!

-Not Sure Yet I Need More Help.

Worn out agitator clutch dogs

This crunching noise was recorded while the washing machine tub was full of water and the washer was trying to agitate.

-Watch the Washer Agitator Repair Videos!

-Buy Washing Machine Agitator Dogs! 

-Not Sure Yet I Need More Help.

Frozen water valve noise

-LISTEN CLOSE- Any electrical part can sound like this; however, this buzzing water valve is receiving power but has either failed to open or has no water supply.

-Watch the Washer Water Valve Videos!

-Buy A Washing Machine Water Valve!

-Not Sure Yet I Need More Help.

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