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Leveled washer gets out of balance when load in spin cycle

I leveled tha macine and ran it empty on the spin cycle and it ran fine. When I put a balanced load of laundry in however it gets out of balance and starts moving all over the floor. What should I look for and what is the level of difficulty of the possible repair? Can I find a service manual on-line? All I have is the Owner's manual and an Installation Guide.

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  • lot2lern Oct 24, 2007

    The machine is an Amana ALW432RAW top loader.

  • lot2lern Oct 24, 2007

    Yes I tightened the lock nuts and I got the machine as level as I can get it.

  • lot2lern Oct 26, 2007

    leveled tha macine and ran it empty on the spin cycle and it ran fine. When I put a balanced load of laundry in however it gets out of balance and starts moving all over the floor. What should I look for and what is the level of difficulty of the possible repair? Can I find a service manual on-line? All I have is the Owner's manual and an Installation Guide.

    Comment by lot2lern, posted on Oct 24, 2007
    The machine is an Amana ALW432RAW top loader.
    Comment by lot2lern, posted on Oct 24, 2007
    Yes I tightened the lock nuts and I got the machine as level as I can get it.

    Solution #1posted on Oct 24, 2007

  • lot2lern Oct 28, 2007

    I leveled tha macine and ran it empty on the spin cycle and it ran fine. When I put a balanced load of laundry in however it gets out of balance and starts moving all over the floor. What should I look for and what is the level of difficulty of the possible repair? Can I find a service manual on-line? All I have is the Owner's manual and an Installation Guide.

    Comment by lot2lern, posted on Oct 24, 2007
    The machine is an Amana ALW432RAW top loader.
    Comment by lot2lern, posted on Oct 24, 2007
    Yes I tightened the lock nuts and I got the machine as level as I can get it.
    Comment by lot2lern, posted on Oct 26, 2007
    leveled tha macine and ran it empty on the spin cycle and it ran fine. When I put a balanced load of laundry in however it gets out of balance and starts moving all over the floor. What should I look for and what is the level of difficulty of the possible repair? Can I find a service manual on-line? All I have is the Owner's manual and an Installation Guide.

    Comment by lot2lern, posted on Oct 24, 2007
    The machine is an Amana ALW432RAW top loader.
    Comment by lot2lern, posted on Oct 24, 2007
    Yes I tightened the lock nuts and I got the machine as level as I can get it.

    Solution #1posted on Oct 24, 2007

    Solution #1posted on Oct 24, 2007
    By Kawika-56
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    Did you lock the leveling legs by tightening the lock nuts?
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    By watugot
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    A vibration problem is about the hardest thing to diagnose long distance but I will give you the most common things to look for.
    Shipping brackets and materials not removed from the machine. You should be able to move the basket around easily by hand. Go over the installation instructions and make sure everything has been removed.
    Leveling legs and lock nuts misadjusted or loose. You want the legs adjusted as low to the floor as possible. The higher it sits, the more movement it has.
    Weak floor. If you can stomp the floor and have pictures rattle on the wall, you will have vibration problems with the washer. If it is on a laminate hardwood floor, you will have vibration problems. These floors have too much bounce for a washing machine.
    The tub support to stiff causing too much vibration to be transferred to the cabinet or not allowing the tub/basket to return to the upright position so that it starts an out of balance spin. Put the washer into a cycle and let it agitate. Before it goes into a spin, open the lid and see if it is leaning awkwardly to one side. If the washer has some years on it, this may be your problem. If you remove the front panel you will see the thick washer the whole unit sits on. If it seems the unit is stiff , you may try spraying a LITTLE wd40 on the base it sits on so it slides easier, but just a little.
    Check these things out and you should find your problem.
    Thanks/Mike

  • lot2lern Nov 06, 2007

    Mike,
    The tub/basket is leaning to one side during the agitation cycle and starting the spin cycle out of balance. T tried spraying a little WD-40 on the washer but it didn't help, what else can I look for?

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A vibration problem is about the hardest thing to diagnose long distance but I will give you the most common things to look for.
Shipping brackets and materials not removed from the machine. You should be able to move the basket around easily by hand. Go over the installation instructions and make sure everything has been removed.
Leveling legs and lock nuts misadjusted or loose. You want the legs adjusted as low to the floor as possible. The higher it sits, the more movement it has.
Weak floor. If you can stomp the floor and have pictures rattle on the wall, you will have vibration problems with the washer. If it is on a laminate hardwood floor, you will have vibration problems. These floors have too much bounce for a washing machine.
The tub support to stiff causing too much vibration to be transferred to the cabinet or not allowing the tub/basket to return to the upright position so that it starts an out of balance spin. Put the washer into a cycle and let it agitate. Before it goes into a spin, open the lid and see if it is leaning awkwardly to one side. If the washer has some years on it, this may be your problem. If you remove the front panel you will see the thick washer the whole unit sits on. If it seems the unit is stiff , you may try spraying a LITTLE wd40 on the base it sits on so it slides easier, but just a little.
Check these things out and you should find your problem.
Thanks/Mike

Posted on Oct 26, 2007

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    Michael Lindley Nov 06, 2007

    You will probably have to replace the friction ring and springs. The friction ring is the thick spacer everything is sitting on.

    It is not letting the basket return to center position.

  • Michael  Lindley
    Michael Lindley Jan 07, 2008

    lot2learn

    Just wanted to follow up on your washer and see if you got it fixed and what you found wrong,

    Thanks/Mike

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I think this is a common Maytag problem. :( Mine is a commercial grade washer. My mother bought one becaused I liked mine so well. Last Christmas there was water in the area of the washer, husband scooted it out just a few feet to check for hose leaks (leak turned out not to be the problem.) Once washer was scooted back in place, vibration noise can be heard & felt all over the house (it is on a block foundation). This past week we put a new floor in our utility room. Washer was moved several feet. When put back in place, it now makes that terrible noise (concrete foundation, so it is heard but not felt throughout the house) Husband is in construction and things being level and plumb are essential to him. Getting the Maytags to relevel position has been the pits, but was finally acheived. Noise still remains on both machines. Luckily I can shut my utility room door to help quieten the noise. Just know in all the washers we've had in the 40+ years we have been married and in all the years my mother has been married, we have never had this problem with other brands....even moving across states. We will definitely NOT be purchasing another Maytag!

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Are you sure it's a balanced load?  I would look at the type of clothes you have in it.  For example, jeans will hold more water weight than a soft blanket usually.  If you have a bunch of general clothes, and nothing unusual, prehaps you're overfilling it.  Try half a load, then 3/4 load, then a full load and see if the vibrating gets better or stays the same.

Thanks,
Erice

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Did you lock the leveling legs by tightening the lock nuts?

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