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Sound deadening Maytag washer and dryer
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Post# 1094415   10/24/2020 at 21:12 (1,141 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        

Has anyone successfully applied automotive sound deadening pads to the inside panels of their washer and dryer? I know this can be done to the washer but how safe is it to apply to a dryer? The temp rating is pretty high on these pads.

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Post# 1094418 , Reply# 1   10/24/2020 at 21:47 (1,141 days old) by Sudster ()        

While the Lorraine Video was fun, I just don't get off on all of it respectfully. Like Bob once said, What's the point in owning /operating a vintage appliance if you can't enjoy the way they sound. Just my two cents--Joe

Post# 1094432 , Reply# 2   10/24/2020 at 23:12 (1,141 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        

I like to enjoy the sound when I want to. Not if the sound travels through the house. The pair is in an open area downstairs and the sound travels upstairs. Muffling the sound would be awesome.

Post# 1094435 , Reply# 3   10/24/2020 at 23:40 (1,141 days old) by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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You might want to take a sample of the insulation material and try heating it first before covering a machine in it. Some of them, while they can in fact withstand high temperatures, tend to emit some not-so-nice odors or fumes when they get that warm...

Post# 1094437 , Reply# 4   10/24/2020 at 23:42 (1,141 days old) by Sudster ()        

Pardon me but looking at the picture with the concrete floor or wood,Looks like you have room to frame up an insulated laundry room? If not the only worry I'd have is the adhesive holding your homemade sound board/insulation letting loose due to heat and vibration over time,You are suggesting internal insulation right? Insulating inside the panels ?? The washer is not an issue as much as the dryer.I once thought about 1 inch duct board ,Your call though.Love to hear your decision-Joe

Post# 1094472 , Reply# 5   10/25/2020 at 11:33 (1,140 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        
Kno Knoise Panels

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I've used these before (see link below) on machines that had cabinet vibration issues. They work extremely well.


Post# 1094477 , Reply# 6   10/25/2020 at 12:10 (1,140 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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If you put sound deadening materials on the inside of a Maytag Halo Of Heat dryer cabinet, it would be one very quiet dryer and you wouldn’t be able to hear it run with sound deadening material inside but it would be overkill since a Maytag HOH is a very quiet dryer anyways.

Post# 1094568 , Reply# 7   10/25/2020 at 22:06 (1,140 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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could be of the hollow space where the machines sit causing an echo of noise....

Maytags are usually quieter than most machines....

but you can use insulation like for a water heater wrap....keeping areas clear of the pitman style spinning power unit....

sliding a piece of foam padding under the dryer can quiet that down as well to absorb sound....

had a dryer like this once where the idler spring vibrated really bad.....had to stuff cotton balls inside to quiet it down...

Post# 1094572 , Reply# 8   10/25/2020 at 22:38 (1,140 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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The SOH dryers were definitely louder than the HOH series.  Our beloved DG 806 could purr you to sleep.

Post# 1094617 , Reply# 9   10/26/2020 at 08:49 (1,140 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

I use automotive soundproofing often. It doesn’t muffle the sound so much as it just reduces annoying metal vibration sound that takes away from the otherwise wonderful noise that a vintage washer makes.

Post# 1094635 , Reply# 10   10/26/2020 at 10:42 (1,139 days old) by reactor (Oak Ridge, Tennessee-- )        
sound dampening

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There are two types of sound dampening sheets. They are the asphaltic sheets (basically tar) and the newer, more expensive, vinyl sheets. Both are adhesive coated, and when placed on a resonating surface, they convert the sound vibrations into heat energy and dissipate it.

The sheets Robert posted I am sure work well, as do Dynamat Hushmat, Fatmat and a host of others. The one thing they all have in common is high cost.

I was at Home Depot and saw in the roofing department a roll of aluminum with an asphaltic layer sandwiched between an adhesive layer. It is for gutter repair. I was shocked because it looked exactly like the sound absorbing sheets I had bought from Parts Express. (Only it comes on a roll instead of sheets.) And the cost was about one fourth of what I had paid for the acoustic sound dampening sheets.

I got online and read the reviews from Home Depot and Lowe's and found others have notice just what I did and they are buying these instead of the expensive acoustic Asphaltic sheets, as it is tremendously cheaper....and it is absolutely the same thing.

Of course the vinyl sheets are easier to use and don't smell but cost a lot more.

I decide to try them for sound dampening and it works! I routinely cover the outside of the tubs of my dishwashers with it, as it muffles the sound of the water hitting the tub. I also use it on the underside of my stainless steel sink to stop the resonating vibrations of the sink when I use the garbage disposal.

I decided to try it on my Speed Queen washer (the one I put the Amana control panel on) as there was a little metal vibration cabinet noise and it stopped it.

I got brave an put it inside the Amana dryer. What irks me is the clink of zippers and buttons on the tub and horrible Speed Queen/Amana thump of the roller wheels. I put it on the inside of the cabinet, and the outside of the drum.


It dis slightly muffled the metallic sounds of zippers/buttons, but barely. Did nothing for the wheel thump. AND the biggest problem was after a few months the heat and rotation caused the sheets to come partially loose and they flapped around on the inside of the dryer hitting the cabinet. So I just pulled them the rest of the way off. Now I have tar residue all over the outside of the drum.

But, it works well for the washer, and very well for the dishwasher tub, and they have remained intact. If fact I tried to pry one off and cold barely do it I also put it on the inside of the dishwasher door as well. I just cut it to fit around the detergent/rinse aid dispensers.

Most people use it in their car in the wheel wells, inside the door panels and under the carpet to damp out vibrations. The Lowes' and Home Depot reviews many seem to indicate it works exactly as the do the killer cost Dynamat sheets, et al. But I have not tried them on my truck so I can't confirm.

But if you want some cheap and quick sound muffling for you washer or dishwasher given them a try. They cost something like $16 for a 25 foot roll, so its not expensive and you just cut it with a razor knife and place the adhesive side down on the metal panels. Quick, easy and fun. You might want to give it a try.

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Post# 1094676 , Reply# 11   10/26/2020 at 15:16 (1,139 days old) by gregingotham (New York)        

i have a 1-18 washer in the basement of a three story townhouse and my sister says it still sounds like a train is coming through the basement when she's upstairs #vintagesound

Post# 1094693 , Reply# 12   10/26/2020 at 17:50 (1,139 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        
basement of a three story townhouse

Thats exactly where my washer & dryer are located, the basement of a 3-story with an open staircase in between. The sound travels upward. I should probably find a way to stick these in the garage or the broom closet.

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