It’s horrible when it feels like there’s a minor earthquake and you realize it’s just your washing machine shaking violently. This is not an uncommon problem for front-loading washers. When the cycle reaches its final spin cycle, your washer suddenly throws itself with the load – to the point that it can roll out of its bay.
Even the best washing machines may suffer from this problem, but you should not ignore it as it can damage both your machine and your floors – a lesson not to how to make your washing machine last longer
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Why is my washing machine shaking?
1. Uneven weight distribution — If your washing machine only shakes occasionally, it’s usually due to uneven weight distribution in the drum – this can happen if you’re washing a single large item, like a pillow, or if a sheet gets wrapped around it. the load to form a big heavy ball. When the washing machine attempts to spin, the load is repeatedly thrown onto the drum at high speed, causing the machine to shake.
Some washers are smart enough to sense when the weight is shaking the machine and will discourage the spin cycle until it’s evenly distributed. That’s why you can sometimes open the door of a washer to find the load still soaked inside. However, some models will force a spin cycle, which can cause a lot of damage, both to the machine and to your floor. Once the washing machine reaches maximum spin speed, it tends not to shake, but when it slows down or picks up speed to spin again, that’s when you’ll notice it. .
2. The washer is uneven — If your washing machine is constantly shaking with daily loads, you may have another problem. Sometimes the machine itself can be uneven. If your washer is out of balance, it will shake with every cycle, especially when accumulating to spin. You can find out if this is the source of the problem with a spirit level, or you can see if you can manually tilt the machine from side to side with a little pressure. If you can flip it, it’s uneven.
3. Shipping bolts not removed — A shaky washing machine can also be caused by a failure to remove the shipping bolts. Transport bolts are used in the transport of washing machines to hold the drum in place. If you forget to remove them during installation, it can cause a serious racket as your washing machine spins and can even damage the concrete block that holds the unit in place.
4. Filter blocked — Vibrations can also be caused by something as simple as a clogged filter. A washing machine’s filter is designed to catch whatever washes out of your clothes and keep it from entering the water pipe. If something metallic got stuck in it, like coins or hairpins, be prepared for noise throughout the cycle.
5. Something is broken — It could also be that something is damaged in your washing machine. Any number of defective parts, from shock absorbers to suspension rods and bushings, could cause a washing machine to shake aggressively.
How can I prevent my washing machine from shaking?
1. Distribute the load — If you are dealing with an uneven load, you just need to equalize it. If you’re trying to wash a pillow, add another pillow or towels to bulk up the load. This will help him turn as he gains momentum. If your washing machine failed to spin, wring out the excess water and split the load before putting it back in the drum and running a spin-only cycle.
2. Level the washer — If you’ve noticed that your washer is uneven, you need to adjust the feet to balance it. Unplug the machine, both power and water, and with two people, pull it out of its bay. First, take a look at the flooring to inspect the damage – it should be level and solid. Next, check that the footpegs are not loose or damaged. These rubber pads help reduce vibration and sit under the feet of the washer. If necessary, replace them.
Put the washing machine back in place and use a spirit level to check if it is still uneven. You can also manually rock it back and forth to check if it is balanced. If the legs need to be adjusted, loosen the locknuts on each leg using a wrench. Then turn the bolts clockwise to raise and counter-clockwise to lower that wedge. Leave the spirit level on top for reference. Once the unit is level, tighten each of the lock nuts to secure it. Run a quick wash as a test to check that it is now even.
3. Remove the shipping bolts — Removing the transit bolts is something that needs to be done during installation, but if you doubt they’ve been removed or are installing the unit yourself, they’re fairly easy to spot. Looking at the back of your washer, it’s the rather large bolts that wrap around the outside of the drum. All of these greases should be removed with a wrench before running your washer, but don’t throw them away because you’ll need them again if you want to move the unit. Your washer may also come with plastic caps to fill the holes later. Follow your manual for complete instructions.
4. Clean the filter — If you suspect a blocked filter, it’s fairly easy to troubleshoot. Your filter is located behind the small panel at the base of your washer. Turn off the machine, open the panel and hold a shallow dish under the hose/roller. Loosen it slowly and drain it – it may take a few trips to the sink. Once done, you can completely remove the filter to collect and wash away any debris. Check that no debris is left in the reservoir before replacing it. For all the details on how to clean a washing machinecheck out our guide.
5. Call a professional — If all else fails and you think something is broken in your washer, it’s time to call a professional or go for a total replacement. Check to see if your washing machine is still under warranty before attempting any repairs.
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