I received an email this morning thanking me for my advice regarding noisy washing machines after they found a solution when their washing machine was making a metalic scraping noise. Although there are different possible causes of a scraping noise, one of the most common is the humble underwire from a bra –
“Just wanted to thank you for your helpful website. I woke up this AM to a terrible sound coming from our washing machine. It was a metal on metal sound that put pictures in my head of me pulling the whole thing apart to find out which bearing is bad. Luckily, I came across something on your site about a possible bra wire. Lo and behold, there is was… poking its little head out calling for me to grab it. In the mean time saving me a lot of time, and presumably a lot of money”.
This is not the first time I’ve had such an email from someone who managed to remove a bra underwire from their washing machine which was just poking through one of the drum holes. This is fairly lucky, I myself only ever found two or three actually poking through a drum hole and the rest had disappeared into the tub and needed parts removing and stripping to retrieve it.
General advice on how to deal with this problem plus advice on many other possible causes of a noisy washing machine are detailed in further articles –