I've had my washer/dryer combo for a few years sitting on pedistals. I just stacked them last night, and when I put a load in the dryer this morning, it runs, but it's extremely loud. It's making a grinding sound, medium to high pitch, with a little bit of stutter as you turn it off.
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Re: Very loud after stacking.
I assume you used the kit for stacking and removing the top of the washer and installing the plates?
You might need some sticky rubber pads to stop metal to metal contact and some duct tape around the vent exiting the dryer where it meets its back panel. This is common, you could go specific or browse ace hardware and find a compatible source.
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ive seen people build there own stack unit. alot of techs will tell you no but ive seen this done and there has been no issue. just make sure your platform is strong enough to handle the tumble of the dryer during normal operation
You are supposed to remove the top of the washer, and the dryer feet lock into brackets...but being lazy I just bolted the dryer to the washer using some metal straps (1/16" x 8 x 4 ") with some machine screws, and it's been fine for years. Not pretty, but I had the same question and no handy internet to help me at the time ;P
You have to take the top off the washer a put it aside. You no longer need the top. Then you put the two angle brackets on the front top of the washer. this is where the front of the dryer will attach. The back of the washer either has or needs the brackets put on the top (been a long time since I did this). Remove the leveling legs from the dryer. Then lift the dryer and slide it on top of the washer with the back touching the top of the washer and the front about 2 inches higher than the washer top. The back of the dryer slides into the back brackets which are on the top back of the washer. Then lower the front of the dryer and the two "L" brackets on the front top of the washer slide through cracks into the dryer. Pop off the two plastic plugs on the dryer bottom front and place a screw in each one to hold the unit in place. Replace the plastic caps and you are done.
Front load washers require a rock solid floor. Anything less will add to vibration and noise. If you feel the washer spinning when standing in the room the floor is not solid enough. Make sure all 4 legs are solid on the ground and that they have the lock nuts tightened. When unit is spinning try running a front leg up and down a little and see if this changes the sound.