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Walking during the spin cycle

I have recently purchased a GE front load washer and every load that I wash, once it goes into the spin cycle, it walks terribly,  We have made sure that it is balanced and it spins fine when there is nothing inside.  I have washed different combinations of laundry, large loads, small loads and so far nothing has worked, Any suggestions?

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  • okgomez Dec 30, 2007

    I just purchased Kenmore Front loader He 2t.. and is walks and shakes the whole house.It knocked degerant off the shelf wall...I am really disappointed and dishearten by this washer...It works great when is is empty...but what good is that..buyers remorse....

  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2008

    Yes! Same problem also have the Kenmore He2t and even on low spin cycle with small loads, it walks a length equal to it's depth...over 2 feet at least. Pushing it back in place after nearly every load is getting very old!

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2008

    I have the same problem. I have leveled and releveled, no matter what load is in (large, med or small) it vibrates and walks ... any suggestions on fixing this problem?

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    My walking washer almost walked into my car. I need more advice than "level it" we've of course tried that.  Help!

  • Anonymous May 09, 2009

    my washer takes about 2 - 2 1/2 hours to complete a wash cycle......not sure, but I thought they were energy effecient?????

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My GE front load washer model WCVH6800JBB have the same problem. I just purchased and installed it yesterday, 05/04/09. Just like everyone said... when it got to the spinning cycle it walked to the middle of my garage and all the connections in the back of the machine fell off. My husband checked the instruction... There are 4 nut bolts in the back of the machine near the rubber leg (level). You need to take them off and try to balance your machine again. My washer is running very smooth now. Good luck!

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Try placing it on a rubber mat or carpet that has a rubber backing. The floor may be too smooth and allows it to walk.

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Front loaders are best suited to a solid floor (concrete) as the big counterweight inside the machine combined with a wet load of clothes (often out of balance) moving in a lateral direction causes the machine to walk, especially on a wooden floor as it flexible.

I fixed this problem by screwing 2 x 2 batten`s to the floor to stop it walking, it still shakes the house on spin cycle but that's not the machines fault the house is made of wood.

If your front loader walks on solid concrete then its a fault with the machine.

Posted on May 25, 2011

Build a base around the washer out of 1X1's. won't be able to walk over the wood.

Posted on Jul 01, 2008

Does your floor shake. You might need to put a floor brace in if your floor is weak. I bought the front loader because my floor was too weak to handle the spin cycle of my top loader. It worked for a while. But now I have a walking washer -- it seems that people in my house have overloading problems- some think because it all fits in they can pack it - then clothes don't even get clean. they cannot even move around in there... go figure.

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IT must be a fault design, fault front loaders at the best of times move, at high speed spins.ire. you have done everthing that i would done

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    I did not make the machine

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