Why does my washing machine just hum?

Tikva Morrow
by Tikva Morrow

Hi everyone,

My washing machine just hums when I turn it on, but nothing else happens. I've tried unplugging it and checking the circuit breaker, but it's still not working. What could be causing this problem, and how can I fix it?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


why does my washing machine just hum

Washing machine just hums

  10 answers
  • It sounds like the pump is jammed. There may be a piece of clothing stuck in it. Check your manual for how to access it and see.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 14, 2023

    Washing machines need a reliable flow of water, both incoming and out going. check and see if you washer is getting water coming in. It also could be in the door switch-not engaging the locking mechanism.

    I would have the make and model of the washer written down and call the company, they will help you trouble shoot the problem.

  • William William on May 14, 2023

    If it just hums and no water the pump may have something stuck in it. If you get water then the drive motor is stuck or shot. Go to https://www.repairclinic.com/. They have repair guides, schematics, and sell parts. Punch in your make, model number.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 14, 2023

    Here are some common problems:

    Faulty Drain Hose

    A washing machine needs a reliable flow of water into it to work and it needs to be able to drain that water as well. When there’s an issue anywhere in the supply and flow you may notice your washing machine humming not draining. If the machine seems to be still working otherwise when you hear this sound, then your problem is likely a faulty drain hose — replacing the hose should fix the problem without having to call for repair help.

    Problem With the Water Flow

    If your hose is fine and the humming seems to be related to the fact that your machine isn’t filling with water, then you may have something more serious going on such as a plumbing issue.

    The first thing you should do is to check that the taps that feed your machine are open fully. If they are and there still isn’t any water flowing, try unhooking the feed hose and run it into a sink to see if the water is actually flowing. If you notice that the water flow is slow or that there isn’t any there’s a good chance you have a plumbing issue.

    Blocked or Damaged Pump

    While modern washing machines are designed to protect the moving parts in your machine from damage, sometimes something does get past these safeguards. Occasionally, a small particle from a pocket or a small piece of clothing can work its way into the washing machine pump. Higher-end machines may display an error code on the control panel to indicate this, but there are many machines that don’t. The only way to know for sure is to take the machine apart to access the pump. Unless you’re confident in your DIY skills, it’s probably best to call Fix Appliances CA at that point for professional help.

    Burnt Out Motor

    If the humming noise you hear when trying to use the washer is accompanied by the smell of something burning, there may be a major problem with your machine. That burnt smell is probably coming from your motor and it likely needs to be replaced. This isn’t an easy fix and it’s probably best to contact a repair company at that point.

    • Tikva Morrow Tikva Morrow on May 22, 2023

      Thank you so much, there was a sock blocking the pipe. Washing machine is fixed and not humming anymore

  • Dee Dee on May 14, 2023

    There is a site called Repair Clinic.com which not only sells parts but gives instructions on how to fix appliances. Give them a call.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 15, 2023

    You can pick up an electrical tester to see if there are any shorts. They are fairly inexpensive and something handy to have around in any case the electrical isn't working "just right". We used one recently to see why an outdoor light wasn't working at our youngest daughter's house. It showed good then we figured our son in law didn't screw the bulb in all the way. icon

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 15, 2023

    call the mfg of your washer and ask them what is the best thing to do to fix this problem

  • Deb K Deb K on May 17, 2023

    Hi Tivka, hope this helps you out. Sounds like your pump may be plugged, hope this helps you out.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 18, 2023


  • Definitely sounds like something is awry and likely not a DIY fix. I'd call the manufacturer to see what they think is up then find a local repair person to check it out.