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LG washer makes a grinding noise and doesn’t drain?

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If your washing machine is making a grinding noise, it can be concerning. However, understanding the possible causes and knowing how to fix the issue can help you resolve the problem.

In this article, we will discuss the various reasons why your washing machine may be making a grinding noise and provide helpful tips to repair it. Additionally, we will address commonly asked questions about this issue.

Understanding the Cause: Why is Your LG Washing Machine Making a Grinding Noise?

In some instances, the grinding noise emanating from your washing machine may not necessarily signify a problem with the appliance itself, and it’s crucial to explore this possibility before assuming a malfunction.

However, there are several potential reasons for grinding noises during different cycles.

Issues such as slipping agitator dogs, strain or damage to the drive pulley, U-joint failure connecting the agitator to the transmission, glitches in the stator assembly responsible for drum spinning, defects in the motor control board, worn-out tub bearings, and a deteriorated motor coupling can all contribute to the unwanted sounds.

In the forthcoming sections, we will delve into each of these reasons, providing insights into diagnosis and repair procedures to help address the grinding noise in your washing machine comprehensively. 

How to Repair Grinding Noises During Washing Machine Agitation?

Tip #1: A foreign object is stuck between the drum and tub

If you’re experiencing a grinding noise in your LG washer due to a foreign object stuck between the drum and tub, take these steps for a DIY solution.

Start by ensuring safety, disconnect the power, and access the drum, either through the front or rear panel.

Carefully remove the foreign object, checking for any damage to the drum or surrounding components.

Rotate the drum if needed for better access. After clearing the obstruction, inspect for damage and reassemble the washer.

Plug it in, run a test cycle, and ensure the washer operates smoothly. 

Tip #2: Check the Motor and the Pump

The motor and pump play essential roles in the proper functioning of a washing machine.

To inspect the motor and pump in your LG washer, begin by prioritizing safety and disconnecting power.

Depending on your washer model, access the motor and pump by removing the front or rear panel, referring to the user manual for guidance.

Use a multimeter to check the motor for resistance, identifying any signs of burnout or faults that may require replacement.

When the LG washer makes noise and won’t drain, it will display an OE error code, which means it has an issue with the drain pump.

Please check the filter first and see if it is clean. Additionally, manually rotate the pump impeller to ensure it moves freely, addressing any obstructions or resistance.

If you see some damage which you can not replace yourself, always prioritize safety, and if uncertainties arise, or you need expert assistance, consider contacting TechVill for professional guidance and repair services. 

Tip #3: Agitator Dogs are Slipping

The agitator dogs are small plastic or metal parts inside the agitator that engage with the agitator cam. If these dogs become worn or damaged, they can cause a grinding noise during the washing machine’s agitation cycle.

To address the issue of slipping agitator dogs causing a grinding noise in your washing machine, follow these steps to fix it yourself.

First, access the agitator by opening the washer lid and, depending on your model, removing any covering like a fabric softener dispenser or cap.

Next, remove the agitator by loosening and removing the bolt or nut securing it to the drive shaft, using the appropriate tool. Lift the agitator out of the washing machine and inspect the agitator dogs for signs of wear, breakage, or damage.

If any issues are identified, consider replacing the agitator dogs to resolve the problem. 

Tip #4: Addressing Drive Pulley and U-Joint Issues

If you notice a noise sound in your washing machine, it might be due to a worn or damaged drive pulley or a U-joint failure.

Begin by disconnecting the power and, depending on your washer model, removing the front or rear panel to access these components.

Inspect the drive pulley and U-joint for visible signs of wear, damage, or strain, and check for loose components or foreign objects.

If any parts appear loose, use appropriate tools to tighten them. After these steps, reassemble the washer, plug it in, and run a test cycle to check for resolved grinding noises.

If worn or damaged parts are identified, consider consulting professional technicians from TechVill for a comprehensive assessment and any necessary repairs or replacements.

You’ve diligently followed all the troubleshooting tips for addressing grinding noise issues in your LG washer, but the issues still persist? It may indicate underlying complexities that require expert diagnostics and repair. 

Why the best way is to call TechVill Appliance Repair

Professional technicians, such as ours at TechVill, possess the knowledge and experience to perform a comprehensive assessment of your LG washer, identify the root cause of the problem, execute precise repairs or replacements and give you warranty on our job.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to professionals for reliable assistance and to ensure the optimal performance of your LG washer.

As an authorized LG appliance service provider, TechVill boasts certified technicians who have extensive experience working with major brands such as Maytag, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Samsung. TechVill specialize in servicing a wide range of appliances, including washers, fridges, ovens, dryers, and stoves.

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You can contact us by this phone number (587) 316-8169 and our team will help you with your problem.

Frequently Asked Questions about LG Washing Machines Grinding Noises

While a clogged filter itself may not directly cause a grinding noise in an LG washer, it can lead to issues that contribute to unusual sounds during operation.

A clogged filter may affect water flow, leading to imbalances or strain on various components like the pump or motor. These issues, if left unaddressed, could potentially result in grinding noises.

Therefore, it’s essential to regularly clean and maintain the filter to prevent problems that could impact the smooth operation of the washer. 

Addressing a grinding noise issue in your washing machine may be possible with some basic troubleshooting steps and DIY repairs. Common causes include worn components like agitator dogs, drive pulleys, or U-joints.

You can follow specific instructions provided by us in the article below. However, if you’re uncertain or encounter challenges during the process, seeking professional help is advisable. 

Yes, unbalanced loads in an LG washer can contribute to a grinding noise during the machine’s operation. When the laundry is not distributed evenly in the drum, it can cause the washer to become off-balance.

This imbalance can result in increased friction and strain on various components, leading to unusual sounds such as grinding. To address this issue, make sure to load your washer evenly and avoid overloading it. 

While LG washers are generally designed to operate quietly, occasional noises, including grinding sounds, can occur. The frequency of such noises depends on various factors, including the specific model, usage, and maintenance.

Proper usage, regular maintenance, and addressing issues promptly can help minimize the occurrence of grinding noises.

If the problem persists, it’s recommended to consult the user manual, perform basic troubleshooting, and seek professional assistance if needed. 

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