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Can you use Kenmore Front load washer and dryers on the second floor?

The questions is will the machines vibrate to much to be used on the second floor. Most manufactures do not tell you until it is to late.

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Yes I  find them all the time on the 2nd floor so you should be ok. Proper loading makes these machines very smooth. Sort out towels together, casuals together, socks and whites together.

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Vibrates when it spins


Here are a few quick facts on washing machine vibration.
  1. All washing machines and dryer vibrate. Dryers usually have less vibration than washers because the load is only wet clothes (as opposed to a drum of water and clothes). Front loading washing machines cause high frequency vertical oscillation while top loading washers usually have horizontal oscillation.
  2. Almost all front loading washing machines are not recommended for use on standard joist-construction floors (most common floor type, compared to a concrete slab sub-floor). Manufactures like GE, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Bosch and more, all recommend installing a pad like Silent Feet under the washing machine to absorb the vibration.
  3. The only alternative to using Silent Feet pads to prevent structural damage is costly upgrading of the sub-floor. This usually involves adding a second layer of plywood sub-floor and adding sister boards to the rafters that support the floor. But even this won't reduce the amount of vibration noise that you hear. Sub-floor upgrades can cost thousands of dollars.
  4. Vibration can also cause appliance "walking" (unwanted movement) usually during the spin cycle. Simply installing a pad designed to prevent walking can solve this problem and mean that you'll never have to reposition your washer after every load again. Both Original Silent Feet and Anti-Walk Silent Feet prevent walking, however for washers that move a lot or stacked units it is recommended that you install Anti-Walk Silent Feet for the best results.
You were not specific in either type or model. I hope the above information helps. Also, the size of the loads plays a great part in how a machine functions. have a nice day
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Frigidaire Affinity ATF7000E Front Load Washer My washer & dryer are brand new 2 days old! I have ran about 8-10 loads through them now and EVERY time the washer spins it vibrates the whole house. The...


There's a few things that cause this and there may be no easy answer. Is the washer on the second floor? Is the washer on a ceramic tile floor? ...wait a minute, you said it vibrated the whole house so this makes me think the floor has some "give". If any of these there is no easy fix. I've seen ONE thing that does work though. It's a pedestal that spans under the washer AND dryer, one long one which distributes the weight and vibration. I don't know where to get one but I do know they are out there. One of my customers had one and I took notice because the floor was ceramic tile and the washer wasn't vibrating all over the place. It was very stable.

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The floor in front of the washer/dryer is getting wet


Most likely it will be a bad tub seal and bearing. This is a very labor intensive job I would probably call a tech.

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beware of front load washers on second floor! vibration will be more likely to be a problem. because of the floor the only real place a frontload can be at its best is on a floor that has a concrete slab foundation because if the floor can move, flex or creek your washer will vibrate and will shake your house. also beware of putting the cabinets under washer they can cause it to vibrate even on a slab floor because the cabinet will flex and move. Also make sure you check your pockets really well all the time!!!!!!! drain pumps and service calls are expensive it is worth the time. and only HE soap the washer uses 1/3rd the amount of water as a top load so you cannot use the same amount of soap or you will get suds build up in your washer and it will cause it to leak and cause error codes that will cost you a service call. And leave your door open when your not using your washer because It will start to stink even more so if you use the wrong soap.

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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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Washer vibrates during spin cycle


Front loaders have to be situated on solid flooring such as a basement or they will vibrate.
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Kenmore elite front loading wash & dryer-5 yrs old: should i buy?


all kenmore named washer will have 110 as first 3 digits of model #..the he washers are usually good washers..like all front loads they have their quirks ..if you read reviews from other consumers they indicate problems ..most of which are easily remedied by reading owners manuals..mold /mildew usually a bleach clean every few months ..vibration need real solid floor..oversuds use HE detergents only..just a matter of changing mind set from top loads with 25 gals of water each fill to a front load with 5-6 gals each fill..top load with 750-850 rpm spin speed to front load 1000-1200 rpm ..if willing to learn proper use and what to expect they can best investment..just don't let opinions of those unwilling to adapt affect your decision

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IF THE FLOOR IS NOT ABSOLUTELY STABLE, IT WILL MAGNIFY A SMALL VIBRATION INTO A LARGE ONE. PUT SOMETHING ON THE DRYER IF IT SETS NEXT TO THE WASHER, AND TURN ON THE WASHER INTO SPIN. IF THE ITEM ON THE DRYER SHAKES, THE FLOOR IS MOVING.
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ALSO, PICK UP ON THE REAR OF THE WASHER TO RESET THE AUTO LEVELING REAR LEGS. YOU SHOULD HEAR THEM MOVE AND RESET WHEN YOU SET THE WASHER BACK DOWN.

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