How to Fix Washing Machine Making Noise When Filling with Water

A noisy washing machine can be very infuriating to use, more especially one that makes a high-pitched noise when filling. This noise can be ear-piercing and makes washing your clothes bothersome. 

What’s more worrisome is that the noises from your washing machine indicate underlying problems that need to be fixed to make washing your clothes more pleasant and peaceful.

Some of the easiest ways to fix your washing machine noise when filling water are; to adjust the water supply valves, clean the valve screens and check out the door seal.

In this article, we will discuss this in detail and a few other methods to help you remedy your washing machine noise when filling it with water. 

Washing Machine Making Noise When Filling with Water

Types of Washing Machine Making Noise When Filling with Water

Squealing or Whistling Noise

These sounds usually occur when you are filling your washing machine and they are caused by excess pressure of the water from the pipes.

Banging Noise 

This happens when you are filling your washing machine with water and it usually causes plumbing issues such as loose screws and rattling pipes. 

Causes of Washing Machine Noise When Filling with Water 

Malposition of the Door Seal

When the door seal of your washing machine becomes old, it loses its shape and malposition itself.  When this occurs, the door seal will tap on the drum and induce noise when your washing machine is being filled with water during the washing process. However if you notice the noise becomes louder as you fill up your washing machine then it is likely the drum has a problem with the door seal,  as they may be rubbing against each other. 

Damaged Belt

The belt is responsible for connecting the pulley and the motor drives your washer to wash and drain out the dirty water.  However, when the belt becomes faulty water strain through your washing machine, hence creating noise. If the belt is damaged then it needs to be replaced. 

Bad Valve

The valve links your washing machine to the water hoses. There are several types of valves in the washer. A solenoid valve is an electronic water outlet that helps your washing machine to turn off and on at the period of the water supply.  so if the valve becomes faulty your washing machine will make a noise when filling it with water. 

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Damaged Washer Door Lock

If your washing machine door keeps opening and closing unnecessarily when filling it with water. This opening and closing of the door will induce noise since it’s faulty. 

Blockage of the Tub and Drum 

When debris gets clogged in the drum and tub, your washing machine will make a noise when you are filling it with water. This happens when water moves through the waste and the dirty particles rub against the walls of the tub and drum creating the noise. 

Clotted Water in the Valve Screens 

Every water valve in your washer is fitted with a screen. The screen is usually a small filter that restricts debris in the water from getting into the washing machine. The screen may become clogged with debris preventing the free flow of water to your washing machine and therefore takes longer than usual for your washing machine to fill.

When this occurs, you may hear a high-pitched squeal noise from the water struggling to move through the congested screen. Consult your washing machine user manual for instructions on how to unfasten the water valve to clean it up or replace the screens.

Defective Pulley 

The pulley is responsible for moving the belt when filling your washing machine with water and the washer is working. However, if your washing machine makes noise when filling it, then it’s likely the pulley is damaged. When the pulley is faulty the washing machine may produce a smell that seems like other components of your washing machine are burning. 

Damaged Shock Absorbers 

The shock absorbers in your washing machine help reduce the rate of vibrations when your washing machine is filled with water. If the shock absorbers are faulty or old they may not be able to keep up your washing machine’s steadiness hence they will make a noise when filling with water.

Rattling Pipes

If there is an issue with your home plumbing system. It causes the pipes to make rattling noises whenever you turn on the water and even when your washing machine is filling. However, you hear a high-pitched clunk noise that sounds like two pipes banging together. Then the issue may be due to faulty plumbing. Contact a certified plumber and fix the problem and help get rid of the noise.

How to Fix Your Washing Machine Noise When Filling It Up with Water 

Adjust the Water Supply Valves 

In some instances, the valves may become too tight and constrain water pressure inside the pipes.  When this happens the water runs out of the pipes with force into the washing machine when the valve opens, hence making high-pitch screech noise that may continue till your dryer fills with water.

To remedy this problem you need to loosen the washing machine’s main valve water for either the cold water or hot water. This will help you adjust the cold and hot water valves on the water supply to your washing machine. If the noise disappears after you have adjusted the valves, then the whistling or squealing noise was due to the pressure of the water supply to your house.

Clean the Valve Screens 

Sometimes the valve screen may become clogged with debris and dirt. This debris and dirt can get stuck in the screens and impede water flow into your washing machine hence inducing a high-pitched squeal noise, as a result of the water struggling to pass through the clogged screens.

To solve this problem you need to clean the screens on the water supply valves or replace the water valves if they are damaged. 

Here are a few steps to follow  if you want to inspect the water valves for blockage

  • Disconnect your washing machine from the wall outlet 
  • Switch off the water supply from the inlet faucet. 
  • Pull off your washing machine from the wall to get adequate space to get behind it.
  • Look out for the hose connection on your washing machine.
  • Use a pair of slip joint pliers to rotate the metal hose connection anticlockwise to take them out of the washing machine. 
  • Let the hoses hang up on a bucket to capture any water.

The valves are usually on the back of your washing machine where the hoses are connected. The screens are found inside the water valves at the point both the hot and cold water lines are linked.

Some washer models use metal screens while others have plastic screens. Gently pull out the metal screens using a small screwdriver and use a needle nose plier to pull out the plastic screens. Keep an eye out when doing it to avoid damaging the screens.

Clean up the screens using a toothbrush to remove the deposits.

Reinsert the screens, connect the hoses, turn on the water and look out for leaks.

Connect the power cord to the wall outlet and return your washing machine to its original place. 

Check Out the Door Seal

One way to get rid of the noise when filling your washing machine is to ensure the door seal is properly fitted. This will help prevent it from becoming loose and rubbing against the drum.  However,  you can replace the door seal if you realize it is damaged. 

Break in Your Washing Machine 

Normally a new washing machine needs to run through roughly five washing cycles to break in. Until this period your washing machine may squeal or squeak when it fills with water and when it also changes over between each cycle. Although these noises are annoying, it is temporary and they would ultimately go away.

However, if the squeaky and squealing persists in your washing machine after the break-in period,  it’s likely something is wrong with the appliance. Call up a washing machine specialist to assess the issues and fix them.

Throttle Down Your Washing Machine Valve 

Another way to get rid of your washer filling noise is to close the water valve to your washing machine. This will help decrease the pressure. I also think any washing machine valves are modeled for throttling and just a little adjustment may solve the noise problem. 

Install a Hammer Arrestor 

If adjusting the valve doesn’t get rid of the noise then the best solution is to set up a hammer arrestor. Take will help take in the shock waves in water lines when the valve suddenly closes. Install a hammer arrestor on both the cold and hot lines.  You can use a pair of pliers to connect the hammer arrestor to your washing machine valve. 


Hearing unusual noise from your washing machine when filling with water can be irritating, the article above talks about causes and solutions, and it also provides procedures to follow when trying to troubleshoot your washing machine filling noise issues. 

Follow the user manual instructions when checking out your washing machine and doing the replacement of components to avoid causing more damage. You can contact a technician for a quick fix if you are unable to fix the problem yourself.


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