Sounds you may not have noticed in a previous washer may be more evident in a newer one due to different designs and technological advancements. Amana washers are heavy-duty, commercially designed washers. The washers have a larger agitation stroke, which creates a large wave of water rotating in the tub. The transmission is made up of six metal parts. The sounds from the metal parts may be more noticeable, because they are designed for durability and high performance. Normal operating sounds of today's washers may include the following:
- The lid switch will click when opening or closing the lid. A clicking sound will be heard prior to the washer shutting off in an out-of-balance condition.
- The water solenoid may thump when completing the fill cycle. During the fill cycle on electronic models, a change in pitch of the water flow may be noticed. This is caused by the valve adjusting the water flow for temperature.
- The transmission pulsates during agitation.
- A mechanical thunk followed by a short rubbing sound may be heard at the end of a spin cycle as the brake stops the transmission from spinning.
- The motor switch clicks as the motor starts and stops.
- A gurgling sound may be heard at the home's drainpipe during agitation. During the drain cycle a gurgling noise may be heard after all the water has been pumped out.
- The motor makes a humming sound during operation.
- Whirling or whistling sounds may be heard during the spin cycle due to air rushing through the holes in the inner tub as it spins. This sound may be more noticeable when washing small loads.
- The timer clicks in and out of cycles. It may sound like an electric clock.
- A splashing or slapping sound is heard as water sprays inside the tub while running at high speed during rinse and spin cycles.
Other sounds listed below may be noticed while using the washer. These sounds are not part of the normal operation of the washer, but are usually easy to resolve.
- Rattling and clanking noises may be heard if loose objects, such as coins or pins, are in the wash tub during agitation. Stop the washer and check the tub for loose objects. If the noise continues after removing loose objects and restarting the washer, an object may have gotten into the pump. Service is required to remove loose objects from the pump.
- Clanking noises may also be heard from belt buckles or metal fasteners hitting the wash tub. Close zippers, buttons, and fasteners prior to loading the washer. Clothing with buckles should be turned inside out.
- A squealing sound may be heard during use if the wash tub is overloaded. Stop the washer and reduce the load size.
- Thumping noises may result from heavy wash loads or unbalanced loads. Unbalanced loads should be redistributed by stopping the washer and rearranging the load, then restart the washer.
- Vibrating noise may be heard if the washer is not resting firmly on the floor or the shipping plug has not been removed. Make sure the floor is strong enough for the washer. Install the washer according to the Installation Instructions provided. Remove the shipping plug and save it in case the washer needs to be moved in the future.
Other factors affecting sound levels may include: size of room, average number of people in the room, size and number of doorways and windows in the room, type of flooring and ceiling material, amount and type of furniture in the room, amount and type of window and wall accessories in the room, proximity of the washer to other areas of the home. An individualÂ?s sensitivity to sounds must also be considered. (See related article on ways to reduce sound levels.)
Amana SofsoundTM models are available, which have additional sound-absorbing insulation. Some washer models without SofsoundTM can have a sound reducing kit installed on them. An authorized Amana servicer must be contacted for this procedure. To find out more about Amana SofsoundTM laundry products, select Â?LaundryÂ? located at the top of this page. Or, you may want to contact an authorized Amana store. To locate a store or servicer in your area, click on the "Customer Service" link referenced to the left and then "Service & Repair."
The Owner's Manual provides a section describing the normal operating sounds of the washer, along with sounds that may be related to the type of wash load in the tub. We recommend reviewing this section. If the sounds you hear do not fit the descriptions provided, you may need to have the washer inspected by an authorized Amana service representative. To locate a servicer in your area, click on the "Customer Service" link referenced to the left and then "Service & Repair."