Can you tell me how to keep my GE front loader washer to keep from walking and vibrating. It is sittine on a stone floor on the main level of my home. I live in a slab home. It appears level. The repair people from lowes have been out twice. They gave me an new washer but the problem remains.
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Most of the time with this problem they have not removed the shipping bolts get your owners manuel refer to the installation instructions under remove shipping bolts before operating look and see if they removed them i think they are marked in yellow if not call them and tell them to come do their job and pull the bolts that is a good washer and make sure they level it let me know please
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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
Make sure that you properly removed all of the shipping bolts and packing material when you installed the washer. This could cause the machine to vibrate. I provided an image below regarding the removal of the transport bolts and packing of the washer. I also provided a link below for the entire installation manual for your washer. Carefully review this entire manual to make sure that the washer is properly installed.
If the washer is on unstable flooring, it will vibrate and walk. This type of washer works best when it is on a concrete slab. If it is on a wood floor, you may need to reinforce the foundation to eliminate vibration.
The problem MAY be fixed. I went to http://www.fixya.com/support/t14304-washing_machine_walks_across_floor , made sure shipping bolts were out, then discovered nuts that clamp the feet were loose. They are now tight with unit re-leveled. Testing is in progress.
I have the same Duet that vibrates heavily during spin cycle. Leveled the unit with no success (our unit is mounted on the high base). Long story short, I went to Lowes and purchased a package of 4"X5" self stick foam rubber pads called Grippers by Wasman Consumer Group and paid a low price of $3.50. Since the washer walked forward, I cut one of the two Pads in the package in half, removed the sticky side paper protector and centered a half, sticky side to washer pad, to each front washer pad. The problem was solved.
I made sure the round floor pads of the washer were tight and the unit was level before attaching the Grippers. Hope this helps.
ADDITIONALLY,CHECK AND MAKE SURE TRANSPORT BARS ARE CORRECTLY REMOVED.NOTICED ON MANY OCCASIONS TO THAT IF WASHER IS IS USED ON TYLED FLOOR, IT WILL SLIP AND SLIDE REGARDLESS. ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE, CHECK IF STABALISER BLOCK HASNT POSSIBLY WORKED ITSELF LOOSE.