What Causes the Clicking Sound in Washing Machines? (+Tips to Fix it)

Hearing the clicking or tapping sound as your washer does the laundry will likely leave you unsettled even though the washing machine may complete the wash cycle successfully.

You’ll probably not stop wondering if is a sign of impending damage to the washing machine that may get worse if not fixed.

Is the clicking sound in a washing machine normal? No, it is not. There should be any clicking at all and if you hear it, you need to have it investigated and fixed.

But callouts can be expensive. So, it is helpful to know if you may be able to fix the clicking sound yourself and if so how?

The good news is the clicking sound in some cases can be an easy fix even if you are not a technical person.

Read on to find out what may cause clicking in the washing machine and what you can do to fix it.

Quick answer. Metallic objects such as coins, keys, and metal buckles grating along the metallic drum during the wash or spin cycle are probably one of the more likely cause of the clicking sound in your washing machine.

Read on to find out what else can cause the clicking or tapping sound and what you should do to stop it.

What Causes the Clicking Sound in Washing machines?

Some of the cause listed below are more likely to happen with newer washing machines than others. Older machines for instance are more susceptible to causes of clicking associated with the wear and tear of the washer.

Note: The “Newer and older categorizations are meant to be a guide. All faults can happen to a washing machine irrespective of its age.

Newer machines

1. Coins or clothes with metallic buckles rubbing against the drum as it spins may be the case.

Always remove any metallic objects from the laundry to avoid the “nuisance” clicking and possible wear to the washer drum.

2. Bra wires rubbing against the drum as it rotates. Avoid washing bras with wires in the washer.

Should you find a wire missing as you remove the laundry, inspect the machine drum to remove it to prevent the noise and damage to subsequent loads of laundry

Older machines 4-5 years +

Possible causes in the older machines include all the above and those below.

3. A loose wire harness or chassis, from cracked or broken supports as a result of wear and tear of the washer, can also cause the clicking sound. During the spinning cycle, the loose wire harness may make periodic connection with the broken support making the clicking or tapping sound.

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Whichever it is, locating and removing the source of the tapping not only gives you peace of mind but also prevents damage to the machine and laundry.

Tips to Fix a Washing Machine making a Clicking Sound

Check if it is still under warranty. If so, contact the supplier immediately.

Also if you are not comfortable with troubleshooting at any one time, do not hesitate to contact a qualified technician!

1. Locate the likely source of the clicking sound. A good first step is to listen intently for clues to the likely source of the sound. You may have to move around the machine to locate where the sound is loudest.

Take note of when the clicking happen. Is it during the spin or drain cycles? This can provide clues to what’s causing the sound so that you fix it faster.

2. Next, disconnect the washer from the wall outlet and remove the top plug. Open the washer cover and spin the gently while listening for the clicking sound.

3. Look out for any foreign objects in the drum. Use a flashlight to shine additional light if the inside of the drum is dark. This makes it easier to identify metallic objects that may be making the tapping noise. Remove any you find and test the washer again by rotating the drum while checking if the clicking or tapping has stopped.

4. Check the inside of the washing machine. If the sound persists and you have the skills to conduct repairs safely, you can remove the cover (make sure to follow the guidelines from the service manual).

Inspect the top, sides, and back of the drum for any signs of objects out of position such as wire harness, broken support that may be causing the clicking or tapping sound.

If you fail to identify the cause or are not comfortable troubleshooting at any moment, do not hesitate to contact a qualified washing machine technician for support.

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Related Questions

1. What Causes the Washing machine Click or Ticking Sound when Agitating?

If the washer makes a clicking sound when agitating, it could be that there are loose foreign objects in the laundry such as coins, clips or buckles that knock against the drum.

Inspect the inside of the washer (when stopped and disconnected from a wall outlet).Look for and remove any foreign objects that may be causing the clicking sound. Do not hesitate to contact a qualified washing machine technician.

2. Why the Washing Machine may be Making a Tapping Noise when Spinning

The Tapping sound in the washer may also be caused by coins, buckles, or bra wires can rubbing against the drum. Inspect the drum for any loose objects that may be knocking against the drum.

3. Why a Washing machine may not be Draining and makes a Clicking sound?

Follow the washer manual for instructions on how to access the drain pump or its filter for foreign objects that may be jamming it and stopping it from draining completely.

A failing pump may also be the reasons the washer is not draining properly. Do not hesitate to contact a qualified washing machine technician.

Final Thoughts

If the washing making is making a clicking sound during the spin or washing cycle, check for coins, keys, and metal buckles that may be knocking against the metallic drum during the spin cycle as a first step.

Other possible causes are stuck bra wires, overhanging wire harnesses, or even a loose chassis!

Do not hesitate to contact a qualified washing machine technician.

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