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LG Washer Sounds Like a Jet Engine (Try THIS Fix First!)

LG Washer Sounds Like a Jet Engine (Try THIS Fix First!)

The whirring sound you hear your LG washer make is normal. It is the sound of the drain pump, so there is no cause for alarm. But when your LG washer sounds like a jet engine, know something is wrong.

We diagnosed the problems and found that there are a few things you need to care about to avoid this issue. We will run over these issues one by one and also let you know how to fix them. Keep reading!

LG Washer Sounds Like a Jet Engine: What Could be the Reasons?

Your LG washer sounds like a jet engine for several reasons, such as faulty bearing, laundry overloading, driver belt, or gasket. In addition, the drain pump and the presence of metal (jewelry, pin, broken zippers, or coin) can cause the LG washing machine to sound like a jet engine.      

Here is a rundown of factors that can cause the LG washer to start sounding like a jet engine.

  • Faulty bearing
  • Drain pump problem
  • Damaged driver belt
  • Damaged gasket
  • Presence of metal object (pin or coin)
  • Laundry overload/washing wrong items

So, these seven things could be responsible for the annoying way your LG washer keeps sounding.   

Now, let’s discuss how to fix each problem.

1. Faulty Bearing

Your LG washer may be sounding like a jet engine because of a faulty bearing. The bearing could have become rusty following exposure to water, or it could have been damaged following regular usage.

The LG washing machine’s bearing is vital to the machine. It is a small metal on the tube called the “Tub bearing.” If this tub bearing becomes rusty, your washer will make a screeching sound when in use. 

You cannot repair a faulty tub bearing. Once it becomes rusty or damaged, the best thing you can do is replace it. So, yes, the LG washer tube bearing is replaceable. You can replace it yourself (If you have a good DIY skill) or let a professional assist you.

Here’s how you can fix your LG washer’s faulty tub bearing. 

  • Assemble the needed tools: You’ll need a few tools and items to fix a rusty or faulty tub bearing. These include a new compatible bearing, Philip screwdriver, wrench, rubber mallet, and aerosol lubricant
  • Unplug the LG washer: You don’t have to leave the washing machine’s power cord connected to power supply when fixing the faulty bearing. There’s no significance in doing so. So, detach the machine’s power cord from the wall outlet and keep it neatly. Fold the power cord neatly, so it doesn’t get trampled on when moving the washer. 
  • Move the LG washing machine to somewhere spacious:  If where you mounted the washer is spacious, you can replace the tub bearing there. Otherwise, move the LG washer somewhere more spacious, probably, outdoor. 
  • Detach hoses and drain them: You have to get the hoses detached, and don’t forget that there could be water in them. So it is necessary to have the hoses drained before you move to the next stage. 
  •  Detach the control panel from the machine: You will be detaching diverse aspects of the machine to reach the tube bearing. The first would be the control panel. Use your Philips screwdriver to loosen the back of the LG washer’s top panel to get to the board and pull it out.
  • Remove the detergent dispenser: Remember that there is a nut holding the detergent dispenser down, so do not try to force it out. Use your wrench to carefully loosen the nut and remove the dispenser gently. 
  • Remove the dispenser assembly: You can use the wrench to detach the washer’s dispenser assembly while removing the detergent dispenser. You’ll find both components in the same compartment.  
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A Handy Tip: Please put all the parts removed from the washing machine aside. Store them in a place you won’t mistakenly step on them.

  • Remove the door switch: The door switch should be next after removing the assembly and detergent dispenser. Use your Philip screwdriver to loosen the entire screws holding the door switch in place. Once done, have it pulled out and kept in a comfortable place. 
  • Take out the old bearing: Don’t try to force the faulty or rusty bearing out. You might damage your machine by so doing. When you observe the driveshaft, you’ll discover that a Bolton is blocking the bearing from falling off. Unbolting this lock Bolton to get the bearing off the driveshaft.  

A Handy Tip: Don’t try fixing the new bearing while the bearing assembly is still attached to the machine. Remove it so you can attach the new bearing without condemning the machine. Use a rubber mallet to tap the bearing assembly gently. It will come off neatly this way. 

  • Tidy up the bearing assembly:  It is only right that you clean up the bearing assembly now that the old bearing has fallen off. The cleaning will help to ensure the bearing enters the assembly properly when replacing it. 
  • Install the new bearing and get the washing machine back to shape:  Start installing the new bearing after cleaning the bearing assembly. After the installation, reassemble the washing machine. 

A Handy Tip:  Put the parts back into the washing machine the same way you took them off. In other words, put the first part you removed from the machine, then the second, third, and so on. 

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Finally, ensure the machine has been completely reassembled with the screws tightened before turning it on.

2. Drain pump problem

Consider checking the drain pump if your washer makes a screeching or jet engine-like sound. There’s a possibility that dirt or grime (common with washers) may have blocked the pump. 

Observe your washer’s drain pump for any sign of blockage. If the pump or filter appears dirty, clean it thoroughly. That could solve the problem. 

3. Damaged driver belt

The washer’s driver belt causes the tub to turn when you put on the machine. And keep in mind that a damaged, inappropriately positioned, or worn-out driver belt can cause your washing machine to sound like a jet engine. 

Inspect your LG washer’s driver belt. Is it broken, out of position, or worn out? If the belt is broken or worn out, you cannot repair it. The best you can do is to change it. You can put the driver belt back correctly if it wasn’t in the proper position.

4. Damaged gasket

Another thing that can cause your washer to sound jet engine-like is the gasket, also known as rubber seal. This component prevents water from leaking when the machine isn’t in use, and it’s located in the outer tube. If this gasket wears out, your machine may start making a screeching sound when in use. 

The gaskets in washers will likely wear out over time. They won’t stay intact forever. Another thing you should know is the more the gasket or rubber seal wears out, the louder the screeching sound you’ll hear. However, a faulty or worn-out gasket is something you can fix. Change your machine’s gasket (If that’s the problem), and the jet engine-like sound you keep hearing will stop. 

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5. Presence of metal objects

Metal objects shouldn’t be in the drum of your LG washing machine (Or any washing machine for that matter). Why? They can cause the machine to produce an unpleasant sound or even damage it. 

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So, keep objects like coins, pins, broken zippers, buttons, jewelry, and other metal objects, away from your washing machine. 

If you notice that your machine is making a screeching sound or beginning to sound like a jet engine, stop it and inspect it. Scrutinize the drum and remove any unwanted object you can find there. 

6. Laundry overload/washing the wrong item

Putting an excess number of clothes in the LG washer can cause it to sound like a jet engine while working. It is advisable to have the washer filled with clothes up to 3/4, but unfortunately, most people fill theirs to the brim. 

Besides overloading the washer, putting the wrong items can also make it sound like a jet engine while working. These include things like rugs, electric blankets, carpets, etc. 

If you feel your washer’s jet engine-like sound is due to overloading, turn off the machine immediately. Then remove the clothes, leaving just 3/4 of them in the washer. Turn on the machine after this to see if the annoying sound would continue. If the sound continues, you may have the wrong items in the machine. Don’t use an LG washer for carpet, rug, or electric blanket. 

Warranty and Support

If all these steps didn’t solve your problem, it is time to contact LG customer support.

850-999-4934

or

800-243-0000

(Mon. to Sun. 8AM – 9PM EST)

The guys in customer support may help you to troubleshoot the problem online. If all that doesn’t help, you can also chat or email them about your problem and they will send an engineer to your home to fix the problem.

Here is how you can check the warranty of your product. I highly recommend you to check the warranty before calling them up.

Conclusion

Your LG washer sounds like a jet engine for several reasons. 

  • Faulty bearing
  • Drain pump problem
  • Damaged driver belt
  • Damaged gasket
  • Presence of metal object (pin or coin)
  • Laundry overload/washing wrong items

Besides providing details of each problem that can make your washing machine sound this way, you’ll also find tips on how to fix the issues. 

So, troubleshoot and fix the problem causing your machine to produce such a loud noise. If you have tried all everything, but the problem doesn’t want to end, consider getting a brand new LG Washer.