These days more and more homeowners are looking to save money on the household expenses. One of the ways that people are able to save money is to self-repair when they discover issues with one of their major applianced.
Unlike most small appliances that you can just toss out and replace if you find a problem, you cannot simply just replace your washing machine just because you hear a loud banging noise.
Since there are multiple reasons for this banging noise during the rinse cycle, we came up with the 5 most common causes and some details to help you to be able to self-repair.
5 Most Common Causes For Loud Banging Noise On The Spin Cycle
Cracked Drum Spyder Arm – on the front-loading machine
Today, front-loading washing machines have become extremely popular with more of them being found in homes all across the country. Unfortunately, the design of the front loading washer means that the drum is not in an upright position like you would find in a top loader.
The drum that holds the clothes in the washer is lying horizontally and spins freely. The stainless steel drum is held in place by the use of a basket or drum spyder.
Most brands washers have a removable spyder, however, there are some brands that have the spyder permanently built on the drum. One reason for the spyder to fail is that it is made from aluminum or pot-metal which can corrode.
When it deteriorates too far it will break and make a loud banging noise during spinning.
Easy way to check whether its broken or not, just open the door and move the stainless drum up and down by hand. If you will see excessive movements of the drum, then most likely spyder arm is cracked.
If it is necessary to replace the basket spyder you will need to gain access to the back of the washer and be sure that it is unplugged. You need to open the access panel on the back of the washer to be able to get at the drum.
You should be able to tell if the spyder is broken and if it is removable. The replace it with a new spyder that you got from the manufacturer you will want to remove the remaining screws that are holding it in place.
Install the new spyder and close everything back up and plug the power cord in and test its operation.
Worn shock absorbers
Large household appliances require attention from time to time in order to keep them running optimally. Since a washing machine is a considerable investment most people cannot simply replace it if there is a problem. One of the common causes of a banging noise, when the drum is spinning during spin cycles, is one or more of the shock absorbers are broken.
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The shocks are used to help keep the drum balanced while it is turning. If there is an issue with an improper balance, it will become exaggerated during the spin cycle since it is turning much faster.
If it becomes serious enough, the drum could slam against the inside of the washer and making a loud banging noise.
To check to see what is causing the banging noise you can access the inside of the washer by opening the back panel of the washer and look at the shocks.
If there are any signs of damage you should contact the manufacturer and get a couple of the shock absorbers. To replace them you simply unbolt them from the frame end and the drum end to remove it.
After replacing them and you button up the back of the washer and plug it back in. Test the spin cycle to see if the banging noise has gone away.
Suspension rods are worn out on a top-loading machine
A typical top-loading washer is one of the most used large appliances in your home. Most large appliances are very big investments which means you are not likely going to be able to replace it just because it stopped working properly.
If you are hearing a loud banging noise from your top-loading washer, especially during the spin cycle, it is possible that one or more of the suspension rods are damaged causing the drum to be unbalanced.
Having the drum of a top-loading washing machine in perfect balance is very important and is especially true during the spin cycle. This is when the drum rotates at its fastest and it can do serious damage to the inside if it is not balanced properly.
A top-loading washer has four suspension rods the attach it to the frame to ensure it is properly balanced during movement. So, if there is banging noises when spinning, one or more of the suspension rods could be damaged.
To check to see if the suspension rods are the cause you will want to gain accession the inside of the washer. Make sure you unplug it from the wall first and then pull it away from the wall.
Check the manual to see how you can gain access to where the suspension springs are attached inside. Inspect the four rods and replace any worn or damaged suspension rods. After completing any needed repairs button up any of the covers you removed and plug it back in to test it.
Worn out rear bearing on the front loader
All front and top loader washing machines rely on the main bearing to help ensure that the drum is spinning freely. In the case of a front-loading washer, the main bearing is located at the rear of the drum.
The bearing is protected from coming in contact directly with the water in the drum there is a bearing seal.
If you are hearing a banging noise during the spin cycle, it is possible that the rear bearing of your front-loading washer is the cause and it could be doing major damage to mounting hardware for the drum.
If you suspect the rear bearing you should immediately contact the manufacturer to see if you can purchase the part and put it in yourself.
Once you have the replacement bearing in hand you will need to gain access to the inside of the washer. Be sure you unplug the power cord and remove the access panels so that you can get at the drum of your front-load washer.
Remove the old bearing inspect it for any serious damage and put in the new bearing. Button everything back up and plug in the power cord to test it.
The main tub bearing worn out for top-loading machine
The main bearing of your top-loading washing machine is designed to allow the drum to turn freely. It is especially important during the spin cycles that there is absolutely no binding or interference with the turning of the drum.
The main tub bearing is a sealed bearing that has tiny steel balls that are encased in a protective housing with a superior lubricant that reduces the friction within the bearing.
If you are hearing a loud noise from inside your top-loading washing machine one of the primary causes could be the main tub bearing. If there is a problem with the balance of the drum it can seriously damage the main tub bearing and make a really loud noise.
If you need to change out a tub bearing in a top-load washer you first need to get the replacement part from the manufacturer of your machine. Once you have the part you want to be sure that you have all of the recommended tools in order to remove and replace the bearing.
Be sure that you unplug the machine and moved it to a place where you can work on it. The bear is located underneath the agitator tower if your model has one, if not it should just underneath the center cover.
Once you have the old bearing out and the new bearing in place, you want to be sure that you button everything back up and plug the power cord into the outlet. Run a couple of test cycles to make sure there is no noise.