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The washer seems to be out of balance. What can I do to fix this?

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Hi
Please follow these easy steps for your problem...

Step 1
Find out the reason for the shaking during the spin cycle. The cause will usually be either a badly out of balance load, or a poorly leveled and set up machine.

•Balance the load of clothes by opening the lid, and looking to see if there is a lot more on one side of the agitator than the other, and if this is the problem, move them around, close the lid, restart the spin cycle, and observe the results. You may try repositioning the clothes in the tub slightly more if you original efforts helped significantly.
Step 2
Try to tip or tilt the machine. If it wobbles when you do, the adjustment screws on the machine's base may not be set correctly, or on older machines, the threads may be stripped or corroded out, causing them to fail.
Step 3
Relevel your machine and insure it is supported correctly. This is done by kneeling down in front of the machine, and rocking it to see which corner seems to be floating, or not in contact with the floor. The leveling screw should be screwed out (clockwise, if viewed from above), which lengthens it, or the adjacent side should be screwed in (shortened), so that each leveler is in contact with the floor.
Step 4
Use a pair of pliers if the thumbscrews are too tight to turn with your fingers, and spraying the screws with a lubricant may help, also.
Step 5
Restart your machine when you have made sure all the leveling screws are in contact with the floor.
Step 6
Use shims to support the machine if the screws have become unusable for some reason (broken, stripped, or otherwise damaged). Shims can be made of almost any resilent, non-degradable material which can be cut easily, like scrap vinyl composition tile, rubber matting, or even plastic margarine container lids.
Step 7
Cut a number of shims, about 3 or 4 inches in width, and stack them under each corner where they are needed, until the corners are equally supported.
Step 8
Restart the machine and observe your results.
please note...
•Worn drive assembly parts may also cause vibration in older washing machines, in which event, these steps will not correct the problem.
•Washing machines should be set up level to operate correctly, so using a small torpedo, carpenter's spirit level, or other means of accomplishing this will help.
•Unload any contents from the machine before working on it if possible, to decrease the weight of it.
•Before tilting the machine, check the water supply hoses, the discharge hose, and the power cord to make sure there is enough slack to prevent damage.
•Get someone to hold the machine up, or find something to chock it with while adjusting screws.

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Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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