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The Hills Are Alive...With The Sound Of Drain Pumps!
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Post# 220120   7/2/2007 at 18:20 (6,080 days old) by platinum6 ()        

Hi all, Time for something different. We all know what our favourite washing machines are but what about our favourite noises machines make? Well normally, it would be the clicking of the timer or the motor when washing or spinning but lets concentrate on my favourite washing machine noise that you'll find interesting: The Drain Pump.

I just love listening to the noise a drain pump makes on a washing machine, it's like hearing a really good song on the radio if you know what I mean.

As you'll be aware, Drain pump noises vary on different machines from a continuous draining sound to a "Chugging" noise on other machines. I love hearing the latter one better in my own personal epinion!

My Miele makes a fast chugging sound when it's cleared but at other times, it makes the other sound while my Nana's Indesit makes a nice plesant chugging noise which makes it one of my favourite drain pump noises of any washing machine.

A drain pump on a dishwasher sounds the same but it's all the usual noises really!

So, The next time you use your machine, don't forget to listen for the pump and what it sounds like.

Any descriptions to what different drain pumps sound like would help greatly and see if you agree on whether or not it's the best sound there is on a washing machine.

That's all now!

Post# 220123 , Reply# 1   7/2/2007 at 19:16 (6,080 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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I like the sound of an old Filter Flo when it first begins to agitate...the sound of the motor lurching on and then shifting into high agitation once the tub stops indexing. I dunno...I always liked those filter flo sounds.


Post# 220135 , Reply# 2   7/2/2007 at 20:26 (6,080 days old) by westyslantfront ()        

I like the sound of my solid tub Norge and also the Thor when they are washing and the pump is pumping.
I also like the sound of the Westinghouse pump.
I first have to wait for some water to drain from the tub, then I can open the door and hear the pump.


Post# 220171 , Reply# 3   7/2/2007 at 23:41 (6,080 days old) by rinso (Meridian Idaho)        

Love the slurp, slurp noises made during draining when most of the water is pumped out and the pump is sucking a lot of air.

Post# 220176 , Reply# 4   7/2/2007 at 23:59 (6,080 days old) by pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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I like the sound the older Maytag pumps made while agitating, the sound is especially magnified when the drain hose is in a small standpipe! That's a sound I will never forget!

Post# 220336 , Reply# 5   7/3/2007 at 15:39 (6,079 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Recently in Germany a washer concert was organized by the International School for design in Cologne. It was part of the start of the Summerfestival "Rheindesign". They were manipulated in a way that they all made very different sounds.

Post# 220343 , Reply# 6   7/3/2007 at 16:13 (6,079 days old) by askomiele (Belgium Ghent)        

A german washingmachine symphonic orchestra:o AND NO MIELE it's a shame!!!!

Post# 220596 , Reply# 7   7/4/2007 at 11:21 (6,079 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
I just emailled them

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to see if they have a copy of the concert that they can email me for the club!!

It would be cool to hear,no?


Post# 220650 , Reply# 8   7/4/2007 at 14:07 (6,078 days old) by timon90 (Norway)        
My favourite sounds:

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My favourite sounds, is the pump on my Zanker 502TS, the washing sound on the same machine, the motor sound on my Asko20003....hmm....and washing sound on Zanker Intimat!

Post# 222710 , Reply# 9   7/14/2007 at 22:43 (6,068 days old) by laundryshark (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)        
Various Drain Pump Sounds

Some sort of emilate a dog's heavy pant while others sound more like a big snorting creature. Others sound like a heart beating or like a ship or tssteamboat letting off steam.--Laundry Shark

Post# 223558 , Reply# 10   7/18/2007 at 14:56 (6,064 days old) by bwoods ()        
other cool sounds

One of my favorite sounds was from a 1982 White-Westinghouse "New Generation" front loading washer that I had. (my favorite washer).

A gigantic solenoid kicked in for the spin cycle and pulled the drive belt tight against the drum pulley.

It created an extremely loud "clunk!!" that made one jump if they weren't expecting it (and sometimes even if they were!) It was fun to position someone near the machine when you knew it was about time for it to kick into spin.

Consumer reports even mentioned this little phenomenon in their test ratings.


Post# 1153155 , Reply# 11   7/3/2022 at 00:46 (601 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
GE filter-flo

I love the sound of a GE filter-flo, make no mistake. I love the sound of that powerful drain pump.When all the water is gone, you know what's gonna happen next, especially when the machine is set to normal speed. I love that clanking suspension and thundering cabinet. And of course, I love the sound of the spray rinse as well as the normal agitation.

Post# 1153156 , Reply# 12   7/3/2022 at 00:52 (601 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
forgive me

Please forgive me for being late to the party. Anyways, I love the sounds of the whirlpool direct drives, particularly during high speed agitation with the pump aerating water at 180 spm at 100 degrees arc. Youtuber Alex Krupkin's does an f humming during high agitation.

Post# 1154000 , Reply# 13   7/11/2022 at 12:23 (593 days old) by georgect (Fairfield, CT)        
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Going from high spin speed to maximum spin speed (at the last 3 minute mark) of my Electrolux (70 series) Wave-Touch.
If the washer thinks it's not vibrating too much it goes into max spin speed if there is some vibration it will go into max spin speed and then drop back down to high.
If there's too much vibration, it will stay at high (even if maximum is selected).

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