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Whether it’s a grinding, hammering, or screeching sound, there’s often a component to blame when a Whirlpool washer makes loud noises while spinning. We will eliminate the need for detective work by providing a list of parts, their locations, and potential problems.

1. Tub Bearing

tube bearingTub bearings are frequently to blame when you hear your washing machine make noise while spinning. These components aid in the smooth rotation of the washing tub.

A front-loading washer has two bearings on the bottom of the outer tub, whereas a top-loading washer has only one bearing near the transmission. Over time, exposure to detergent and the weight of heavy loads can deteriorate your washer tub’s bearings, causing it to spin less smoothly.

2. Drive Pulley

drive pulleyThe noisy spinning of a Whirlpool washer can also be attributed to the driving pulley. This component helps rotate the washer drum by rotating the driving belt with the motor or gearbox of the machine. The driving pulley is placed on the rear of the washer drum, and with time it can become fractured, loose, or deformed. Due to its position on the drum, a malfunctioning washer will make a loud noise during the spin cycle.

3. Drive Belt

drive beltThe drive belt, in conjunction with the driving pulley and the motor or gearbox, physically moves the washing tub. Back of front-loading machines is where you will find the drive belt stretched between the motor and drum.

The belt and motor of a top loader are typically located at the bottom of the drum. Each wash cycle exposes the drive belt to motion and friction, making it the true workhorse of the washer. It can tear, split, or break with time, causing your Whirlpool washer’s spin cycle to become noisy.

4. Motor Coupling

motor coupling imageThe motor coupling connects the motor to the gearbox to assist transfer power to the machine. It is often seen in top-loading washing machines. The motor coupling, which is located on the motor itself, might deteriorate with time or continuous exposure to excessively high loads of washing.

When this occurs, the driving forks in the motor and gearbox will slip and scrape against one another, causing the washer drum to make a rumbling sound.

5. Faulty Clutch

faulty clutchLike a car’s clutch, a washing machine’s clutch allows the tub to achieve its maximum speed. In top-loading washing machines, it helps the agitator move. It is normally positioned on the transmission of the washer. As the clutch wears over time, it will create a loud noise while operating and spinning the drum.

We hope this article sheds light on the possible reasons of a Whirlpool washer’s loud spinning noise. Whether you need a washer repair to silence the noise or your washer won’t turn on, contact the experts at Appliance Doctor at to diagnose and repair your washer for you.