I have a Maytag A511 washer. Lately it has begun to vibrate and walk across the floor. Even when I run it with no load (just water) it vibrates some. Can the tub be rebalanced? Would I have to pull the tub? Its an old machine - would it be worth the repair?
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Re: Maytag A511 washer tub vibration
Make sure the legs are level..adjust if needed. Also make sure when it spins the clothes inside are evenly spread. What sounds like is happening is some of your load is favoring one side of the tub more after the agitation cycle. and these top load styles are very sensitive to that when it goes into spin. make sure you dont over load its eaither. now i have some questions? is it doing it to all the loads you wash? or are you noticing it on certain style loads? if you notice it on certain style loads, then it a matter of the machine is overloaded or the load needs to be spread evenly. hope this helps.....to be honest the only expnsive repairs would be your transmition or your motor? but is sounds like these 2 things are operation ok....let me kno if you have any questions....
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Here are a few quick facts on washing machine vibration.
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.
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.
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.
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
the machine is not level... put a level across front back sides to check adjust legs leveling bolts as needed.... also is the machine installed on a carpet floor??? if yes put a sheet of plywood under machine so it wont "bounce" on floor.
you could have a bad balance ring or if the machine is on a floor that is not very sturdy it could cause the machine to vibrate or "walk". if the tub is loose it may need to be tightened which usually isnt the case. most vibration i notice is from the floor or the machine not being level.
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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try to check for slackness when the tub is empty causing a rocking/slapping motion whilst empty. if the tub is used regularly and to its maximum capacity then the likeliehood is these bearings/hubs may need to be replaced.. the "walking" across the floor will be accented by the amount of items plus water in the tub. and if the tub is off balance,then this will be more highlighted when also full of water and items... if you feel this is over the top,then try to lighten the load that is in the tub at any given time. this will determine weather the bearing has indeed worn .the lighter the load,the less "walking the machine should do in cycle.. the only time walking would be unchanged is during the spin cycle,when the speed is of a constant one and it will vibrate at the same rate. placing it on a rubber mat is not a solution but just something that will make you hopefully think it is solved
and you may as well just bolt the machine to the floor and hope for the best