A beeping Hoover washing machine can be a real drag. Although it may seem insignificant, the beeps may indicate severe issues that lead to costly repairs. Fortunately, there are some simple steps to stop beeping you can attempt at home before paying a professional.
A Hoover washer may beep because it needs an auto-clean, has moisture in the program selector, and is overloaded or unbalanced. You should perform a self-diagnosis reset and an auto-clean first. Then consider cleaning and drying the program selector to eliminate beeping.
If your Hoover washing machine has started beeping, don’t worry. This is a common issue with many Hoover washers with straightforward solutions. Let’s look at everything you need to know to troubleshoot your beeping Hoover washing machine.
7 common reasons Causing a Hoover Washing Machine to Beep
Hoover washing machines will beep to alert you that something’s wrong. Several issues can cause your appliance to beep, such as moisture in the control panel, balance issues, open doors, and mechanical problems.
Unfortunately, there are many reports of Hoover washing machines beeping during the cycle, and one common culprit is the ‘Dynamic Next’ line. I’ll take you through all the potential causes and how to fix them.
Also, look out for error codes (you can check Hoover’s website with your official model number here).
Obvious as it sounds, start by reading your owner’s manual to help in troubleshooting. We won’t judge you. Modern machines have a vast amount of features that most consumers never end up using, and often don’t even realize their machine is equiped with. Child lock, for example, will cause a beeping noise any time a key is pressed until the feature is turned off.Andy Fulenchek
Let’s look at some of the most common culprits in more detail, starting with the most common issues and working backward.
1. The most common cause of beeping in Hoover Washing machines: it’s time for an Auto-Clean
Several Hoover washing machines have a built-in maintenance wash feature called auto-clean. The ‘Dynamic Next’ line is an example of machines with this feature.
The feature helps clean the inside of the machine, removing any leftover dirt, grime, detergent, and other debris. Later on, I’ll show you how to do this, but the good news is it’s a simple fix!
The washing machine may beep to alert you that it’s time for an auto-clean. Hoover machines also occasionally beep even when the selector knob is in the ‘off’ position.
2. a second likely cause: moisture in the program selector
In Hoover washing machines, there is a set of switched resistors within the program selector. When the selector oxidizes or gets damp, the washing machine computer thinks you’re constantly changing the program selection causing the machine to beep. This is otherwise known as a damp circuit board.
You may also notice all the temperature options start flashing too. In very severe cases of dampness in the control panel, your machine may dart between options when you’re trying to select the desired settings.
Whilst many homeowners would get a professional to fix this, I’ll also provide step-by-step instructions later describing how to fix a damp control panel.
3. Balance Issues
Washing machines must be on a stable surface in order to work correctly. Hoover washers may beep to alert you that the surface is uneven.
Newer Hoover washers may even stop the cycle automatically if they sense too much movement. Balance issues can cause significant damage to internal components, so it’s best to handle the problem immediately.
4. The Door Isn’t Closed Correctly
One of the most common reasons a Hoover washing machine beeps is that the door or lid isn’t closed correctly. If the door isn’t secure, the washing machine will beep to alert you. You may also see the error code ‘E01’ displayed on the screen.
This is a safety measure to prevent the unit from starting prematurely, causing clothes and water to fly everywhere. Ensure the door is entirely closed and secure to resolve the problem.
5. The Load is Too Large
Hoover washing machines will beep if they’re overloaded with too much laundry. The beep is a safety measure since overloading can cause uneven washing or damage to the machine.
Try removing a few items from the appliance and starting it again to fix the problem.
6. minor software bugs
In some cases, a Hoover washing machine can beep because of minor software bugs or other faults. You might need to reset your unit to resolve these issues.
You can unplug the machine from the power supply or use the specific reset method, depending on your model.
7. Other Issues and Error Codes
Hoover washing machines can also beep due to mechanical issues, error codes, and other malfunctions. For example, water supply problems and kinks in the hose can cause your machine to beep, in addition to leaks during the fill cycle.
Some units will display error codes on the control panel. You can find more on each code in the user manual or on the manufacturer’s website.
Step 1: Reset your Hoover Washing Machine
Resetting a Hoover washing machine may resolve various problems with the unit. However, not all Hoover washers can be reset in the same fashion. The proper method can always be found in the user manual or manufacturer’s website.
If you don’t have access to the manual for any reason, here are a few general reset methods you can try:
Many Hoover washing machines have a Self Test Mode that acts like a factory reset, clearing any errors from the unit.
This function allows the washer to test and diagnose certain parts of the machine to check if they are functioning correctly and will highlight any faults to the user. Any fault will be shown on the display.
This is how to use it:
- Before you start, ensure the washing machine is completely empty and the door is closed.
- Click and hold the leftmost first button (closest to the control knob) on the machine. This is likely to be the ‘temperature select’ button but it could be something else depending on the model you have.
3. Next, turn the Program Selector Knob from the off position two turns clockwise.
4. After 3-5 seconds, let go of the other (first) button.
5. If you follow these steps correctly, all LEDs will turn on at the same time.
6. Lastly, press the START/PAUSE button to enable Self-Test Mode.
Once the door is locked the machine will run a diagnostic for a few minutes. Afterward, it will flash an error code or display ‘888‘ to indicate it’s ready for use. You can reboot the appliance to finish and use it as usual.
Here’s a video showing you:
Manually Reset the Machine
Alternatively, you can unplug the power supply from your Hoover washing machine for a manual reset. Here’s how:
- First, turn off the machine and unplug it from the power source. Wait 2-3 minutes to allow it to cool down.
- If there’s water inside the unit, drain it before moving forward. You may need to place a container underneath the filter, unscrew the filter, and allow the water to drain. Afterward, secure the filter in place.
- Finally, plug the machine into the power supply and turn it on. Try starting a cycle to determine if the problem is solved.
Step 2: Auto-Clean a Hoover Washing Machine
As we mentioned earlier, some Hoover washing machines have an auto-clean feature that keeps them running smoothly. However, the specific instructions to run an auto-clean cycle can vary depending on the model.
Refer to your unit’s owner manual or the manufacturer’s website for the most accurate information.
Don’t forget to also clean bottom side of the door glass (where it contacts the door boot seal). Hair and gunk tends to build up here and can cause the door boot seal to no longer seal. Worst case, it can over time even warp the seal where it will no longer seal – even when cleaned up.Andy Fulenchek, professional appliance repairman
Here’s a basic auto-cleaning guide to getting you started:
- Turn off the unit: First, turn off the washing machine and unplug it from the outlet. Ensure the drum is free of any clothes or objects. Give the machine 2-3 minutes to cool down.
- Clean the detergent drawer: Take out the detergent drawer to clean it with warm water and mild detergent. Ensure it’s free of any grime, dirt, or other residues.
- Clean the door seal: Use a damp towel to clean the door seal. Remove any dirt, debris, or other grime.
- Start the auto-clean cycle: Add laundry detergent or a washing machine cleaner to the drum of the machine. Select the auto-clean setting on the control panel. Most machines have the ‘auto-clean’ setting, but for other machines, you may instead see the option ‘drum clean’ which serves the same purpose.
- Clean the inside of the machine: Once the auto-clean cycle is finished, use a clean cloth to wipe down the interior, including the drum, door, and rubber seals.
- Run a rinse cycle: Lastly, run a rinse cycle to remove any leftover cleaner, detergent, or residue inside the machine.
Hoover recommends performing an auto-clean cycle every 40 washes. The auto-clean process takes roughly 70 minutes to finish.
Step 3: clean and dry out your program selector or circuit board
If you suspect moisture or dirt is in your program selector, you’ll need to dismantle it, clean it with rubbing alcohol, and ensure there’s no moisture.
I would recommend you get a professional to do this if you feel uncomfortable tinkering with the electrics in the washer.
- Unplug the machine from the wall so you isolate the appliance.
- Dismantle the program selector. You don’t need to remove the whole unit as it should just clip out.
- Clean the board with alcohol and remove any oxide from the unit using silver polish and a cotton bud.
- Treat the board with electrolube SGB contact treatment grease.
- Re-assemble the unit.
Some reports online state that using a hair dryer to dry the circuit board could also be effective. This might damage your electrics though, so proceed at your own risk.
Sealing the electronics in a large bag of rice can also be helpful. However, keep in mind the rice will also get EVERYWHERE so consider hacving the electronics inside a tight mesh bag to help mitigate this.Andy Fulenchek, professional appliance repairman
The rice will help absorb excess water after a period of time (24-48hrs for example)
step 4: How to Balance Your Hoover Washing Machine
An unbalanced washing machine will shake, vibrate, and make excessive noise during wash cycles. These issues can damage the appliance and result in uneven washing. Most Hoover units have adjustable feet on the front to ensure their level.
The specific instructions will vary depending on your model, but here’s a general guide to get started:
- First, ensure the drum is free of laundry and water.
- Inspect the machine to see if it wobbles or shakes. You can use a leveling tool for more accurate information.
- Next, locate the front feet at the front of the washing machine. Look for a gap underneath the feet on either side of the machine.
- Turn the feet clockwise to lower them to the floor to ensure their level. Hoover recommends turning the feet an additional time once it touches the floor to ensure it’s balanced.
How to Check for Leaks and Other Hardware Issues
Inspecting for leaks and hardware problems on your Hoover washing machine can help prevent costly repairs and prolong the lifespan of your unit. Here are some general steps you can use to check for any issues:
- Look for leaks: Look around the area of the washing machine for any visible water leaks, like puddles or dampness. You may need to inspect the hoses, pump, and water inlet valve for signs of damage.
- Inspect the hoses: Inspect the hoses for physical damage, including cracks, tears, and bulges. Pay special attention to the area where the hose mets the connector. If you see corrosion or evidence of water having dripped from here before, replace the hoses. Tighten any loose connections and replace the hoses as needed.
- Check the pump: The pump removes water from the machine during the spin cycle. Locate the pump and look for physical damage, like cracks, leaks, or loose parts.
- Inspect the water inlet valve: The water inlet valve manages the flow of water on your machine. Locate the water inlet valve for your device and inspect it for signs of damage. Ensure it’s working correctly. In the “off” state (i.e. no power being applied currently) there should not be even a drip getting by the valve. If you have a slow drip over a span of a few minutes, replace the valve.
- Check the drum: Inspect the washer’s drum for signs of damage, including cracks, sharp edges, and breakage. Ensure it’s spinning smoothly and isn’t making unusual sounds. Clean the drum or run an auto-clean cycle if it’s dirty.
Routine maintenance is crucial for preventing costly repairs and prolonging the lifespan of your Hoover washing machine. If you’re not sure how to check your unit or notice significant problems, contact a professional for assistance.