It is generally thought of as a European interior design arrangement, but more American apartment dwellers and those in smaller houses are going with the washer and dryer in the kitchen to save space. This centrally located choice for laundry has its advantages, but it also means the noise from the washer and dryer are probably closer to the areas you spend more time in. If your washer or dryer is making excessive noise in your kitchen, you may be able to quiet these appliances to make laundry day more tolerable.
Make sure you are loading your washer evenly. When garments get wet in the wash, they become quite heavy. The machine partially dries the load by performing a high-speed spin cycle that spins much of the water out of the clothing.
If you put all of the clothes in on one side of the washtub, they will be stuck against one side of the tub during the spin. This off-balance spinning will cause the washer to rock back and forth very quickly, shaking the machine and even "walking" across the floor. The resulting sound can be a roar. If you hear this going on, pop open the lid and wait for the spin to stop and rearrange the garments inside so they are distributed evenly.
If your washer or dryer is not level on the floor, then you will notice lots of noise coming from both units as they spin and rock back and forth. The best way to avoid this noise is to level your machines by twisting the adjustable legs on the bottom. This should be a relatively easy task. Use a level on top of the machine to help you get an exact adjustment.
Washers can spin at speeds up to 1,400 revolutions per minute, according to the Good Vibrations website. The associated vibrations can cause a lot of noise. Even if your washer is loaded properly and is leveled as well as you can make it, there could still be problems with an uneven floor. Since it is impractical to "re-floor" your kitchen, you can use anti-vibration pads to quiet the machines.
These pads are made of a rubber compound that will absorb the shock of a vibrating washer or dryer and therefore keep the noise level to a minimum.
Loose objects inside the dryer are the source of major noise. Change, items you forgot to remove from your pockets, your new $400 cell phone--any of those things could be the culprit.
If you hear clanging around inside the dryer as it spins the load, open it up and dig through the garments thoroughly and find any loose objects and remove them.
Call For Repairs
Squealing or screeching coming from your dryer could be the result of faulty parts. There's a good chance you'll need to call a service technician to fix these problems. A worn-out belt, pulley or shot motor bearings may be the cause of the noise. These types of noises, even if the dryer is still working properly for now, will be unbearable in the kitchen and dining room for long. Make the call as soon as you can.
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