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Washing Machine Shakes, Vibrates, or Moves

A washer usually shakes or vibrates when it isn’t sitting firmly and level on the floor or because it has an out-of-balance wash load. First eliminate the possibility of the latter—adjust the load if it has scrunched up on one side of the tub. Then check the machine for solid, level support. For the machine to work properly, the floor must be flat, level, and strong enought to support the heavy, water-filled washer without deflecting under the load.

  1. Unplug the washer.
  2. Look under the washer and make sure all feet are resting firmly on the floor.
  3. Make sure the front legs have rubber caps and locking nuts to keep them tight. If they don’t, buy these parts and install them.
  4. Make the front feet as short as possible by screwing them up into the machine. Place a level on top of the washing machine and adjust the front feet slightly if needed to level the washer; do not fully extend them.
  5. If necessary, tilt the washing machine forward, which will allow the back feet to self-adjust. Recheck for level, and adjust the front feet again.
  6. Plug in the machine, and run it empty through the spin cycle to see if it still vibrates. If it does, call a repairperson or contact the manufacturer or possible solutions.
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