We had our Kenmore 43142 washer hooked up yesterday, and balanced professionally on the pedistals. The trouble with our washer is that it is on the second floor and has to be placed inside a special tray incase of leaking (so it doesn't ruin the floor/ceiling below). However, in running a few loads yesterday, the washer shakes so violently (does not stop cycle), that it shakes the whole house, so much so we can feel it all the way on the main floor.
Any suggestions? I am at the point of thinking it might have to be moved into the basement, which I would like to avoid as I would have to pay to have a hook up installed, and pay to have the appliances moved downstairs.
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Re: Rocking and VIbrating
As long as you have it on the second floor there really isnt anything you can do to fix it anything you do will probably make it worse there is only one washer i know of that is front load and acts decent on the second story and thats the new samsung with the roller bearings. Sorry to tell you but u will probably end up moving it to the basement
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Check the Vibration damper rods to be sure that... 1. They are there and mount is solid. 2. If they are broken in 1/2. 3. The plastic knuckle mounts are not missing/broken. 4. There is oil in the shock absorber/spring section of the rods.
Also - there are suspension springs on the bottom of the tub that could be broken and/or missing.
Replace/repair as necessary.
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Yes, look into trading in the Kenmore for one of only two manufacturers that employ a dynamic balance system built into the washer drum. Samsung and LG both use this dynamic balance system that balances the load while it is in motion. They also use a vibration sensing system to modify the time and speed of the spin cycles to minimize any vibration that might still be present. LG has this available on only their upper level models while Samsung's VRT is available on most all models. I believe that both of these manufacturer's are available from Sears.
adj all 4 feet all the way in..try to rock washer adj front feet as need to give washer as solid footing as possible tighten lock nut in top position against washer bottom ..adj only as much as need ..the further out the feet are the more likely the washer is to vibrate ..a weak floor is the biggest reason washers vibrate ..if washer is on a pedistal be sure the for screws holding pedistal to washer are tight adj pedistal legs same as washer feet so bottom of pedistal is as close to floor as possible
timing is not the probelm off balance load or washer not solid on floor is...front load washer try to balance load as much as possible before full speed spin the 10 min is only and est ..additional time will will be taken trying to balance load and no ge won't do anything about the walking best try getting machine as solid as possible if on pedistal good luck..lower bottom as close to floor as possible both rear legs all the way up adj front legs for solid setting try rocking washer and adj legs till solid..also weak floor?
floor may not be as solid as you think.remove pedistal drawers make sure the screws holding pedistal to washer are tight 2 front and 2 back going into bottom of washer frame next adj legs so bottom of pedistal is as close to the floor as possible you may have to lossen the lock nuts to do this next try rocking the unit by hand and adj front legs as needed to stop motion and and give washer a solid feel retighten lock nuts up to bottom of pedistal
there is a spring that hooks to the back the tub of the washer and conects to the frame of the washer its there as a counter balance. if that spring was not put back in place the washer will shake like crazy. if that spring is conected the basket is warped