Washing Machine Timer Noise? (Why + Fix)

Usually, timer knobs are silent when in use in most washers. However, If your washing machine timer is noisy, and you don’t know how to fix this timer noise in the washer, this post is for you. Technically, there could be several reasons behind this issue. Here’s what they are:

You can hear the timer noise in the washing machine when there is a mechanical problem with the timer mechanism. Some common causes include worn or damaged gears, a faulty motor, or a loose or damaged timer knob. Testing the Timer knob is necessary to address the issue.

Let’s understand what you will need to do to silence a noisy washing machine.

Washing Machine Timer Noise? (Why + Fix)

Why is Washer Timer Making a Buzzing/Clicking Noise?

We’ve reported that common electrical issues, mechanical issues, and loose parts are proven causes when a washer timer makes a buzzing and clicking noise. You will need to go in depth of each issue to fix this issue.

Let’s understand each issue in depth:

  • Electrical Issue:

Sometimes the timer of the washer causes a buzzing or clicking noise due to an electrical issue with it, such as a loose or faulty electrical connection within the timer mechanism. This problem occurs when the timer wears and tears over time. 

It could be due to a manufacturing defect. On the other hand, a malfunctioning switch within the timer mechanism could be another cause. 

We can repair this issue by inspecting the wiring and switches within the timer mechanism. However, proper knowledge is required to fix this issue.

  • Mechanical Issue: 

A mechanical issue with the timer can also cause a buzzing or clicking noise. This issue includes worn or damaged gears or a malfunctioning motor. Sometimes, the gears in the timer mechanism become worn over time due to regular use. 

Typically, worn and damaged gears cause the mechanism to make unusual noises. Similarly, a malfunctioning timer motor can cause it to make buzzing or clicking noises.

If after testing you will find this is the case, you may need to replace the timer mechanism or the motor. (depending on the specific issue)

  • Loose Parts: 

This is a rare case, but possibly loose parts within the timer mechanism can also lead to buzzing or clicking noises. This could be due to a loose screw or another part that has become dislodged or damaged. 

You will need to Inspect the timer mechanism carefully for any loose or damaged parts and tighten any screws or other parts that may be causing the noise. However, follow the upcoming section to know how to perform this fix.

How to know if the Washing machine timer is bad?

Fortunately, there are a few signs to look for to know whether the washing machine timer is bad. However, these indicators are not enough to know whether you should replace this component or not. 

If your washer knob just spins freely, this is a direct sign its shaft is broken or it got detached. You must inspect the timer manually to verify that it requires replacement, not repair.

Here’re what signs you should look for:

  1. Your washing machine won’t start or respond when you try to turn it on, it could be due to a faulty timer. We listed this cause as the timer controls the various cycles and functions of the washing machine, so if it is bad, the machine may not turn on the cycle.
  1. The other possible reason is that the timer doesn’t advance. If the washing machine turns on but the timer doesn’t advance, this may also be a sign that the timer is bad. 

Moreover, you should also verify if there is any cloth stuck inside the drum. When something is stuck in the pump or drum bottom, the timer will not advance also. 

In simple terms, the unit will get stuck on one cycle and not move on to the next one, which can be frustrating and lead to improperly cleaned laundry.

  1. As you’re reading this guide because you noticed your washing machine’s timer is making unusual noises, this is also an indication of a bad timer. It will make buzzing, clicking, or other unusual noises. 

These noises are usually caused by worn /damaged gears and malfunctioning motors in the timer mechanism. Additionally, loose parts such as the screwdriver and motor shaft within the timer mechanism can also cause this issue.

Overall, If you have noticed any of these signs, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your washing machine. 

Note: If you want, You can take the help of a professional appliance repair technician who can diagnose and repair the issue and may recommend replacing the timer if necessary.

How to Fix A Noisy Timer on a Washing Machine?

If you have lubricated the knob shaft of the timer, and it doesn’t fix the noises, it requires replacing the timer knob to get rid of this issue. This is technical work and requires proper knowledge to replace a timer mechanism.

Here are the complete steps to replace the timer on a washing machine:

  1. Unplug the washing machine and turn off the water supply.
  2. Remove any screws or fasteners that are holding the control panel in place.
  3. Carefully lift the control panel and set it aside.
  4. Locate the timer on the control panel and disconnect the wiring harness from the old timer.
  5. Remove the timer from the control panel by loosening any screws or fasteners that are holding it in place.
  6. Install the new timer in the same position as the old one and secure it with screws or fasteners.
  7. Reconnect the wiring harness to the new timer.
  8. Replace the control panel and secure it with screws or fasteners.
  9. Turn on the water supply and plug in the washing machine.
  10. Test the new timer to ensure it’s working properly before using the washing machine.

Note: These steps are general and may vary depending on the specific washing machine model. It’s important to consult the manufacturer’s instructions or seek the help of a professional appliance repair technician if you are unsure about the replacement process. Make sure the new timer is compatible with your washer before getting or fitting it.

Bottom Line

If the washing machine’s timer is dealing with any issues, it can cause unusual noises. However, a manual investigation is required to resolve the cause. Once you determine the cause, check if the repair can work or if the timer needs to be replaced. If the timer needs to be changed, follow the steps outlined above in this guide.