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The washer goes everywhere and is very loud

My new Kenmore washer sucks-please help me figure out what is going on before I bring my old washer back. My newly installed washer sounds like ten planes taking off at once and moves all over the floor. It has been balanced and rechecked,but the problem just keeps getting worse. It seems like the back part of the washer has a mind of its own-I have a kenmore frontloader. Would getting a pedestalfor it fix the problem or make it worse. The washer is upstairs and on a rebuilt floor. I have had the washer for only four days.

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Try putting a cup of water on top of unit and stand in front and bounce up and down if water moves in cup floor is weak not strong enough for unit.

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