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Loud Humming/Buzzing While Washer Is Filling
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Post# 503126   3/10/2011 at 21:49 (2,146 days old) by Andy (San Francisco)        

I know that all washing machines hum a little bit, while they are filling with water, but I'm noticing something strange about my GE toploader.

In the past 2 weeks, when I press the Start button for it to start filling, that sucker will hum like a 50,000 watt Electricity Station. It makes me think of a barber's electric hair clipper thingy that they use to give you a haircut with.

It gets loud for a few minutes, then quiets down, then gets really loud again, then gets quiet again. It never used to do that, and the washer is less than 3 years old.

The washer is Model WARE5260D1WW if that helps anybody, and I will post pics of it.

Is something getting to go out of it by humming/buzzing really loud like that while filling with water? It does it with all water temperatures, and does it on both Wash and Rinse.

Any info would be appreciated!


Post# 503127 , Reply# 1   3/10/2011 at 21:50 (2,146 days old) by Andy (San Francisco)        
Another view of the control panel

Here's the left side of the control panel......

Post# 503128 , Reply# 2   3/10/2011 at 21:51 (2,146 days old) by Andy (San Francisco)        
The Cycle Dial

The cycle dial/knob

Post# 503129 , Reply# 3   3/10/2011 at 21:52 (2,146 days old) by Andy (San Francisco)        
The inside

The inside of the washer. Stainless steel tub with tall agitator.

Post# 503130 , Reply# 4   3/10/2011 at 21:53 (2,146 days old) by pingmeep ()        

I've seen some machines do that when the hose filters are clogged. Mostly happens on the hot side with a lot of build up. Easy thing to check out.

Post# 503134 , Reply# 5   3/10/2011 at 22:12 (2,146 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
buzzing inlet valve

i also have had inlet valves buzz with plugged screens or low water pressure.
Could be something wrong with the valve too.

Post# 503155 , Reply# 6   3/11/2011 at 01:35 (2,146 days old) by volsboy1 (East Tenn Smoky mountains )        

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My G.E. Harmony does it also..Its like a buzzing/ squealing sound they told me it was normal and sense that washer looks like it fills like mine does.The biggest no no from what he told me is to shake/or mess with  the pipes cause of mineral build up. I am just guessing though my Harmony is made by L.G.

Post# 503367 , Reply# 7   3/11/2011 at 18:35 (2,145 days old) by cornutt (Huntsville, AL USA)        

My Harmony doesn't buzz like that. It's either a bad solenoid on the valve, or the triac that switches it is on the way out.

Post# 503368 , Reply# 8   3/11/2011 at 19:19 (2,145 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
Connection hose clog or needs to be replace?

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Or maybe its the connection hoses for the hot cold water fill that might be clog or needs to be replace or clean because sometime depending on the age of the washer they say that every 5 years it is recommended to replace the connection hose of the washer?

Post# 503372 , Reply# 9   3/11/2011 at 19:43 (2,145 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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have you tried moving your temp switch from hot, to warm, to cold, to see if the noise stops or changes, this way you will at least know possibly which solenoid is causing the hum....

Post# 503394 , Reply# 10   3/11/2011 at 21:19 (2,145 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I'd have guessed solenoid except for the fact that you hear the noise regardless of water temp selected.  Weird.

Post# 503398 , Reply# 11   3/11/2011 at 21:53 (2,145 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
i think a vid of the washer filling would help?

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i think that a vid of the washer filling would help to pin point the problem is?

Post# 503405 , Reply# 12   3/11/2011 at 22:28 (2,145 days old) by Andy (San Francisco)        

Yeah, it hums like that on all water temperatures, cold, hot, warm. And it also hums on both fills, for wash, and for the rinse.

I'll have to check the hoses and make sure they are not clogged. Probably a valve going out of it, it's a 2 year old machine, and it's about time for it to start falling apart.


Post# 503406 , Reply# 13   3/11/2011 at 22:39 (2,145 days old) by Andy (San Francisco)        

In the first 6 months I had this washer, it pumped water out all over the floor, twice in less than a month. Naturally, it was on a Super sized load, both times. Water was behind the washer, under it, in front on it, behind the dryer, in front of the dryer and basically all over the laundry room floor.

I had to pull both units out, and spend the next 3 hours sopping up water. Just what I wanted to do on a late afternoon.

Turns out that it was a small hose that senses the water level in the tub. It was plugged up with fabric softener sludge and throwing off the sensor. Just a tiny bit of fabric softener sludge caused a 2 to 4 hour mess. And I dilute the softener well, with water. Downy's thick stuff.

Post# 504426 , Reply# 14   3/15/2011 at 23:43 (2,141 days old) by Andy (San Francisco)        
Humming GE washing machine videos

Somebody requested a video of my GE washing machine humming, while it was filling. I have uploaded 2.

This time, the hum stopped when I switched over from cold, to hot. I'll take off the cold fill hose and check it out. Anyways, here are the links to my vids.


PS-Sorry for the blurry quality of the videos, my cam isn't that great with making videos.


Post# 504428 , Reply# 15   3/15/2011 at 23:44 (2,141 days old) by Andy (San Francisco)        
Other Vid

It's the cold side humming the loudest, but warm has hummed loudly, too, in the past. Like I said, it comes and goes.


Post# 504456 , Reply# 16   3/16/2011 at 06:41 (2,141 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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then it might be link to defective solonoids i am not an expert but by the sound of the humming in your videos it might be that or its a defective water temp mecanisme?

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