How to Fix the Squeak in a Washing Machine

Mikhail Polenin

Squeaking noises within a washing machine tend to occur because of a problem within the pump system. Washing machines depend on a pump to force water through the drain hose into a sink or other draining pipe that leads to the local sewage system.

Washing machine squeaks often indicate a problem with the pumping system.

This pump, when full, starts making noises because of the friction against the objects trapped around it and the washing machine’s tub. Before calling a professional, verify that you cannot solve the problem yourself using the drain hose and pump filter.

  1. Remove the screws on the back of your washing machine that hold the drain hose to the body and remove the drain hose.

  2. Empty the hose by straightening it out over a drain.

  3. Check the inside of your hose for obstructions. Use a pipe cleaner to get rid of excess grease and debris.

  4. Place the hose back in the washing machine and test it with a “Rinse and Spin” program. If you still experience the squeaking sounds, move onto the next steps.

  5. Place a flat object such as a coin or flat head screwdriver into the slot on the panel door at the bottom right or left side of your washing machine and pull it out.

  6. Put a small bowl in front of your pump filter. This helps with water collection.

  7. Pull out the rubber tube next to the large cap in the right side. This tube drains out all the water into the bowl. If you don’t have such a tube, continue the steps.

  8. Twist the cap in a counterclockwise direction and pull it out. Clean out the inside of your filter.

  9. Reassemble the filter and close the compartment. If you continue to have issues, you must contact a professional.


Do not try to do anything else to resolve the problem outside of what the steps describe. Seek professional help if you fail to solve the issue.