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Vibration We have our washer on a pedestal. When it goes into the spin cycle is vibrates pretty badly. According to the level, it is level, Left to Right, Front to Back and diagonally. I've heard of people using some sort of rubber matt to absorb some of the shake. Do you know what type of pad this is or how to stop the vibrating. Love the machine otherwise.

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  • JonSheldon Nov 03, 2007

    I've got the same problem when the washer spins on anything from medium to high.  It sounds as though a helicopter is landing on the house.  The LG folks say we need to reinforce our floor!!!  Rebuild my house for an expensive washer?  We've carefully leveled it and insured the floor is as solid as possible.  Next thing we'll try is a "stall matt" - a rubber matt for farms.  

  • jdix May 05, 2008

    LG TROMM SteamWasher. Bad vibration every time it spins. No shipping bolts. Floor on 2x8 joints, 1 inch subfoor and overlayed with ceramic tile. On pedestal and has been adjusted and leveled several times. My son has a Whirlpool and has no such problems. Sure would like to know what to do.

  • johndigbydog Oct 27, 2008

    I have a Kenmore HE5, now 2 years old. It is now vibrating badly when in the spin cycle. The shipping bolts were removed when new. It seems something has worn out already, not good for a $1200 washer! I am told the parts are all cheap plastic! What can be done?

  • leanne hayter Jan 13, 2013

    I am purchasing vibraton pads called vibrafix pads. They haven't arrived yet but will let you know if they help. Our washer is also on raised floor. I wish they had of told us that front loaders are designed for concrete floors.



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Vibration problem fixed!!  If your washer vibrates excessively, check to be absolutely sure that whoever insalled it removed the drum locking bolts (4 big bolts on back of machine).  My store installer didn't ,and the machine danced across the room.  Second appliance repair fella (he was here for something else) removed the bolts, and voila - problem solved.  Problem is he says in the three times I used it before the bolts were removed, I may have done irreparable damage (imagine the resistance with the washer trying to spin while bolts have locked it down to prevent this action).  So I'll go back for a replacement, but in the meantime, it works and vibration is entirely reasonable, and my machine is on a crappy wood floor (not concrete).

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Just because the level shows it is doesn't mean it really is. check the pedestal first. make sure it is level and all legs are tight and there is no wiggle. next do the same for the machine once it is put back on the base.

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Check that the feet are level to the floor as this may cause the vibration. Also set the machine to wool mode this then knows what material you are putting in the machine then should cycle to that material.

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When the manufacturers first introduced the front load washers, they did not take into consideration the possible problems created by the centrifugal force of the washer's spinning action. Most of these washers spin in excess of 1200 rpms! A spinning action that fast, coupled with the washers heavy weight and a floor that flexes (even a little) will cause a resonant vibration. In simple terms, it will cause the washer to bounce or walk.

Some of the early manufactured shock absorbers, weren't up to par and were uable to maintain the washer suspension over continuous use. The manufacturer's improved the shock absorbers to make them more stiff and minimize vibration. Replacing the shocks with heavier duty shocks does help, but if the flooring is not substantial enough the washer will continue to have problems.

If the washer is mounted on a pedestal, this can make the problem worse. Early model pedestals had an open back which caused it to "tin can" when the washer spun. "Tin-canning" is the phenomenon of the sides of the pedestal casing waffling in and out as the weight of the washer rides on top of it. This would also cause excessive vibration. The solution: The manufacturers redesigned the pedestals with an enclosed back that would prevent this from happening. If your washer is a later model, you should have an enclosed back on the pedestal. If there is no back panel, a stiffiner kit can be purchased and installed by any Do-It-Yourselfer. All you need is a drill and a screwdriver. Instructions are included. The part number is 134682000. I found it listed at

Check the leveling of the washer. You need to adjust the feet of the washer ensure it is level front-to-back and side-to-side. The feet are adjusted using a wrench to turn the legs up or down. Use a level to check your work. Once completed, you should be able to place your hands diagonally across opposite corners of the washer top and see if the washer moves at all. If unlevel (just the slightest) the washer will vibrate during the spin cycle. If the washer is mounted on a pedestal, you level the feet of the pedestal, NOT the washer. Make sure the washer is firmly mounted to the pedstal fisrt. Then, level the feet of the pedestal using the same procedures outlined before.

Another cheap method to get rid of vibration is to use foam padding to sandwich between the sides of the washer, the dryer and the wall. Swimming pool noodle foam works real well and is very inexpensive. About $3 or $4.

Overloading the washer with heavy items can cause excessive vibration due to an unbalanced load. If you load items so full that you can barely close the door, the load will have a hard time distributing evenly around the perimeter of the wash tub. Once wet, and the tub begins to tumble, the load becomes entangled and will pack on one side of the tub. This will cause the washer to jump and walk across the floor on the spin cycle. This can also cause premature wear to the door bellow, damage to the door latch and damage to the shock supports and counter-weights. Always follow the manufacturer's wash load recommendations as outlined in your owner's manual.

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You may get mixed reviews about this, but I have seen it work for homeowners. Plus, its a less expensive option than hiring a contractor to firm up your sub-flooring or joists.

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