How to replace the buzzer in a washing machine?

To replace a washing machine’s buzzer, you will have to disassemble the control panel frame. Next, disconnect the two electrical wires and then unscrew the buzzer switch. Lastly, replace them by simply reversing the steps.

Key Takeaways

  • It’s important to read the user manual in order to figure out the location of the buzzer.
  • In most cases, washing machine buzzers are located just behind the control panel.
  • In some dryers, buzzers are located around the back panels.
  • Test the buzzer using a multimeter and electrical wires before deciding to replace them.

Let’s take an in-depth look at how to replace the washing machine buzzer with easy-to-follow instructions.

In this article, you will learn:

  • How to test a washing machine buzzer?
  • How to replace them the right way?
  • And More…

Let’s dive right into it.

What is a buzzer in the washing machine?

what is a buzzer

The buzzer in a washing machine is a small buzzing switch that works like an alarm to remind you of a completed cycle.

In some washers, the washer releases a buzzing beep at the start of a wash program, which is usually controlled by the timer of the washing machine. These are typically found in semi-automatic machines and some dryers.

With that said, there is a difference between buzzers and the melodic sounds played by washing machines and dryers during use.

Every beep, musical sound, and buzzer is meant for different purposes to alert the user.

Where is the buzzer located in a washing machine?

The buzzer is usually located near the control panel, behind its frame.

The buzzing switch is fixed using a single screw to hold the control panel’s frame. Two wires are clipped on either side that further connect to the control panel.

They can be easily located in your washing machine or the dryer by following the below tips.

  • Through the user manual of your washer.
  • On your machine manufacturer’s website, use the model and serial numbers of your unit.
  • By calling the manufacturer’s helpline number.

Note: Some dryers may have buzzers hidden behind the back panels.

How to test the buzzer switch of your washing machine or dryer?

You can test your washing machine’s buzzer using a multimeter.

As an alternative, you can also test them using live electrical wires and batteries or a power socket.

For testing purposes, you can switch off the washer and remove the buzzer. Simply follow the steps mentioned in the replacement process in order to detach the buzzer.

Once you have detached the buzzer, it’s time to test it.

Steps to Using a Multimeter for Testing

Turn on the multimeter and start testing the buzzer by following the below steps.

Place and hold the two points of the multimeter over the buzzer’s electrical outlet ports.

testing buzzer

Check the multimeter reading to find out if it’s working. If there’s no sign or result, then it indicates that the buzzer switch has turned faulty.

Live electrical wires

A buzzer switch uses less power to function, so you can make use of a standard-sized battery for testing.

Alternatively, you can directly plug one end of the two wires into the standard power socket and the other end into the buzzer’s electrical outlet.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Take two wires and peel their covers from their edges at both ends.

Peeled wire

Note: You can pick or choose the length of these wires depending on the distance between the power source and the buzzer switch.

Step 2: Connect one end of the two wires either to the battery or plug them into a power socket. And, place the opposite end of the electrical wires on the buzzer’s electrical ports.

If the buzzer isn’t faulty, then you will hear the buzzing sound. Likewise, it won’t respond when faulty.

Once you have confirmed that the buzzer is damaged, it’s time to get it replaced.

Test washing machine buzzer illustration

test washing machine buzzer illustration

How to replace the buzzer in a washing machine?

If your washing machine is equipped with a buzzer that has turned faulty, you can replace it at home by following the below steps.

Things required to replace the buzzer

  • The user manual of your machine to locate them.
  • Screwdriver and or a nut driver.
  • Replacement buzzer switch.

Note: Locate the buzzer switch before you follow the troubleshooting steps. Doing this will help to reduce the chances of working on unwanted areas.

A word of caution

This task involves the removal of electrical wires. Hence, make sure to unplug your machine from the power source before you proceed.

Likewise, turn off the water supplies as you may need to move your washer to remove the required outer panels.

Instructions to Replace the Buzzer in Your Washing Machine

Step 1: Locate the buzzer switch and unframe the outer panels

Once you locate the buzzer switch, start unscrewing the control panel frame.

Likewise, if it’s located on the back frame, simply remove it by unscrewing it with a screwdriver or nut driver.

Step 2: Remove the connected electrical wires

You will find a tiny buzzer switch fixed using a single screw and two wires.

Pull the wire clips gently from both ends to disconnect them from the control switch.

Step 3: Remove the faulty buzzer switch

Unscrew the buzzer switch from the holding frame.

Note: Once you remove the buzzer, you can simply test it to identify if it’s faulty or if there’s something else to look into. 

Step 4: Fix the replacement buzzer switch

Place the new buzzer switch in its place.

Now simply tighten it firmly using a screwdriver and thereafter fix the two wires evenly.

Step 5: Run the washer for testing

Mount everything back to its place.

Reconnect your machine and put the other supplies back where they belong.

You can run the machine to check if the replacement buzzer is working as expected.

instructions to replace buzzer in washing machine

Final Thoughts

Buzzers are usually found in semi-automatic washing machines and also in some top loaders and dryers.

Always locate the buzzer switch before proceeding with any troubleshooting steps.

To locate them, refer to the user manual or contact the manufacturer’s helpline number with the model number handy.

Once you detach the buzzer, make sure to test it to identify the real fault and proceed accordingly.

To test the buzzer switch, you can make use of a multimeter or simply do it using wires and a battery or electrically.

If you are unable to do it yourself, it’s best to consult a professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the washing machine buzzer wear out?

In most cases, buzzer switches wear out because of power surges or electrical short circuits. It is rare for them to wear out, so replacing them is not very common.

Where do I buy a replacement buzzer for my washing machine?

Most buzzers are suitable for different types of machines. You can easily find a buzzer switch online using your washing machine’s model number. To find a replicable match offline, simply carry the old buzzer to a hardware store.

Manish Singh is an expert in electrical engineering with a Diploma in the field. With over 12 years of experience, he specializes in repairing music systems, washing machines, dryers, and other laundry-related appliances. His in-depth knowledge in electrical repairs and decent knowledge about garment care makes him a trusted authority in the field of appliance repair and laundry related topics. If you have any questions or need assistance with your appliances, you can reach out to Manish through email: manish.singh (at)