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Solutions for a Noisy Dishwasher

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Design & Trends, Features, Interior Design, Trades & Utilities, Variety

Dishwashing is one of the housework most people hate. After a delicious meal, a good and long rest is all you need. But no, you have to deal with a bunch of dishes. Lucky for all the anti-fans of doing dishes, a dishwasher appeared. Although initially criticized and marked as useless, today, it is one of the must-have home appliances.

The dishwasher emits a sound of moderate volume, although you can find quiet models (46-60 dB) on the market. Due to some minor malfunction, overload, or poor water quality, the machine can sometimes be louder than usual. Here you can find out about the causes of various sounds with this unit, and how to solve them.

If the handyman can’t solve your problem right away and you’re not skilled in the repair, at least you can try to reduce the noise the machine makes. You don’t need a lot of time or money, and you don’t have to be into DIY projects.

Dishwasher in Kitchen - Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash - Marquette Turner Luxury Homes
Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash

Move Dishwasher

Usually, the dishwasher does not stand apart from the rest of the furniture, but within the kitchen elements. Sometimes, due to lack of space, house owners can place it in a corner, a particular cabinet, or under the stairs. They make a big mistake here because the sound the machine produces will bounce off any surfaces that are in its immediate nearness.

Of course, you cannot leave the machine in the middle of the room. So you move it away from the wall every time it’s under operation (it is recommended to load the machine, since washing a couple of plates in a device designed for several sets is uneconomical). Ou should make some effort, but it is worth it, as the noise will actually be less.

Insulate Front Panel

Through the front panel of the dishwasher, the most sound goes out. The reason for this is probably because the head of the machine must be free so that we can put the dishes inside. That is why the front panel is the place to be insulated.

Through the front panel of the dishwasher, the most sound goes out. The reason for this is probably because the head of the machine must be free so that we can put the dishes inside. That is why the front panel is the place to be insulated.

For soundproofing, we need sound-absorbing panels, usually made of foam or thick fabric. You will buy these panels in the required dimension (or bigger) to place them on the front of the dishwasher. You may need to resize the panel or shape it to what is below the front panel. 

On the source below, check how to make these insulation panels at home:

https://bettersoundproofing.com/diy-acoustic-panels/.

And that is about the hardest part of the job. In the end, all you have to do is install the insulation and screw the panel back. Remember to turn off the machine from the power and water supply before any action.

Muffle the Sound from Back and Sides

If you have isolated the front of the dishwasher and the noise is still unbearable, you should soundproof the entire machine. You can use the already mentioned insulation panels, or you can get special soundproof blankets and vinyl strips.

Blankets  are intended to replace the worn and ripped insulation in your unit, and therefore need to be soft and flexible. As such, they have high soundproof performance and absorb entirely the sounds the machine emits due to failure or wear.

 In addition to high-frequency noise, sound insulation can also reduce vibration. As Soundproof Pros explain, the blankets don’t provide noise insulation only. Since most of the insulators are made of solid and sturdy materials, they also retain heat. It means that the machine won’t get too hot under operation, but will also leave less steam.

For the back of the machine, because of the installation and power supplies, it is easiest to use vinyl strips. You will apply them to the back wall of the dishwasher from the outside. This insulator is convenient and has a broad purpose, so you can use it for other appliances, cars, and so on. It is only necessary to attach it with strong adhesive.

Even budget models of dishwashers can be useful and further enhance the kitchen look. It’s undoubtedly more beautiful to see a modern home device than a bunch of dirty plates and glasses. However, as with all appliances, there is a noise problem, but the great thing about that is that it can be solved quickly and on-budget.

Insulate Front Panel

Through the front panel of the dishwasher, the most sound goes out. The reason for this is probably because the head of the machine must be free so that we can put the dishes inside. That is why the front panel is the place to be insulated.

For soundproofing, we need sound-absorbing panels, usually made of foam or thick fabric. You will buy these panels in the required dimension (or bigger) to place them on the front of the dishwasher. You may need to resize the panel or shape it to what is below the front panel. 

On the source below, check how to make these insulation panels at home:

https://bettersoundproofing.com/diy-acoustic-panels/.

And that is about the hardest part of the job. In the end, all you have to do is install the insulation and screw the panel back. Remember to turn off the machine from the power and water supply before any action.

Muffle the Sound from Back and Sides

If you have isolated the front of the dishwasher and the noise is still unbearable, you should soundproof the entire machine. You can use the already mentioned insulation panels, or you can get special soundproof blankets and vinyl strips.

Blankets  are intended to replace the worn and ripped insulation in your unit, and therefore need to be soft and flexible. As such, they have high soundproof performance and absorb entirely the sounds the machine emits due to failure or wear.

 In addition to high-frequency noise, sound insulation can also reduce vibration. As Soundproof Pros explain, the blankets don’t provide noise insulation only. Since most of the insulators are made of solid and sturdy materials, they also retain heat. It means that the machine won’t get too hot under operation, but will also leave less steam.

For the back of the machine, because of the installation and power supplies, it is easiest to use vinyl strips. You will apply them to the back wall of the dishwasher from the outside. This insulator is convenient and has a broad purpose, so you can use it for other appliances, cars, and so on. It is only necessary to attach it with strong adhesive.

Even budget models of dishwashers can be useful and further enhance the kitchen look. It’s undoubtedly more beautiful to see a modern home device than a bunch of dirty plates and glasses. However, as with all appliances, there is a noise problem, but the great thing about that is that it can be solved quickly and on-budget.

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