Weird Noises From Your Appliance?

Weird Noises From Your Appliance?

If our appliances appear to be working fine, the first warning we get that something is going wrong is often a sound. Sometimes an appliance will simply stop functioning with no warning, but if you are lucky, you might get some sign that the appliance is struggling. But what do noises mean? Can you figure out what the problem might be just by noting changes in the sound produced by your appliance and comparing it to a list? In this post, we will be discussing a few common audible clues that your appliances might be undergoing some internal difficulty. While some of these sounds are nothing to worry about, and are simply within a normal range for different machines, other sounds are signs that you should stop using the appliance immediately and call for a repair. Whether it is a safety or fire hazard, or it is doing damage to itself, understanding what the different noises mean is a key part of safely and effectively maintaining your electrical appliances.


If you notice that your refrigerator is extra loud, one of the motors on the machine could be to blame. There are multiple components on a refrigerator which require a motor, and there is always the possibility that a motor has failed. This could be a loud grinding noise, where an internal component has broken, or a loud whirring, perhaps accompanied by an increase in temperature. If you hear a loud whirring, it is possible a component has become disconnected, and a fan or gear is spinning without restraint.

Refrigerators also have a large range of other noises. In particular, refrigerators with built in ice dispensers often have a huge range of different noises which they can make.  For instance, an intermittent clicking noise is not necessarily a problem. This could simply be an inlet valve for water to flow into the icemaker. Similarly, gurgling, dripping, and buzzing are all common sounds that let you know your icemaker is functioning.

Another component of the refrigerator responsible for noises is the compressor and the associated cooling system. Fans and airflow are controlled to exchange heat at the cost of energy. These could cause crackling, popping, and whirring noises. These are all normal. What you should really do is get to know the normal noises from your machine. If it is making noises which are very different from normal operation, then it is time that you should be worried.

Washing Machine

One of the most common noises a broken down washing machine will make is a loud banging noise. When the machine enters the spin cycle, you might notice that the machine is making a loud rhythmic banging. This might be accompanied by a violent and visible shaking of the machine. If this happens, stop the load immediately. The intense shaking could cause even greater damage, and can remove any hope of repairing the machine. However, the first thing you should do is attempt to level and evenly load the machine. One thing which can cause this shaking is if the machine is loaded unevenly (maybe it has one very heavy item inside), or if the machine is not level on the ground. Both of these situations can create an imbalance of weight, and the spin cycle can create a massive difference in balance. Ensuring that your machine is level and loaded evenly is a good way to see if the problem will go away.

However, if the problem does not go away, it is quite possible that some of the bearings on the machine have worn out, and the tub is loose. This means that when it spins rapidly, it will be bouncing around its extreme range of motion uncontrollably. This will release a lot of kinetic energy into the resto of the washer, which is what causes the loud banging and violent shaking. If the problem persists, make not of your model of machine, and call an expert repairman to establish the best and cheapest option for you.


Dishwashers usually make strange noises for one of a few different reasons. The most common reason that a dishwasher makes strange noises is that it is not properly secured to the floor or its housing. If this is the case, the normal functioning could cause the machine to be thumping or buzzing against the floor or counters. To check whether this is the case, you can securely attach it, and make sure its mountings hold it firm. Another common problem is if a solid or hard item has become stuck in the working mechanism. Whether you didn’t clean your plates well enough, or something was dropped in, a hard item which is bouncing around the spinning wash arm could be a hazard. Not only could it damage your dining ware, but it could also get caught and damage your dishwasher. Clean out your dishwasher thoroughly, and check around the wash arm.            



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