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My Maytag Performa washing machine bangs and walks across the floor on the spin cycle! Help! Model #: PAV2000AWW The problem started when someone washed a California king size quilt in it. It was banging, had walked across the floor, and would not work. A repair man said the pump was burned out and replaced it. He came back as it was still banging and walking, checked the levelers and said the only other thing it could be were the springs. He replaced the springs. It still bangs and walks even with a small load on the spin cycle. Another repair man came and said one of the levelers was stuck and he pulled on it. I asked if he should grease it and he said it would be fine now. However, it is banging and walking again on the spin cycle!!! Help!! Shirley

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A washing machine may wiggle, rattle or move across the floor. It is often accompanied by excessive, or loud noise. There can be several causes and the problem is worse with some units more than others.The most common cause is an unbalanced wash load. Open the lid/door, and attempt to redistribute the clothing to balance the weight. Heavy loads, especially things like comforters, are more likely to become unbalanced than small loads. If you do a lot of heavy loads, you should consider a heavy duty/large capacity washer when it comes time to replace your current unit. A washer must be level both from side to side as well as from front to back. Washing machines have adjustable feet to enable you to level them. See your manual on how to level your washing machine.The outer tub/basket, is supported by springs, pistons or counterweights to keep it balanced. The weight of all that water in a wash load requires a powerful balancing mechanism. If the balancing system becomes detached from one or more points, it will not be able to balance the load properly. Furthermore, even if everything appears to be in place, as the appliance ages, the springs or pistons/shock absorbers, may begin to wear out and not support as much weigh as needed.

Unplug the washer and open the cabinet. Because of the variety of balancing mechanisms, you will have to inspect your machine to determine how it is balanced. Once you discover the mechanism, then inspect it for integrity. In the case of old parts that appear to be in working order, you may not be able to tell if they need to be replaced. They may be weak but appear to be in good condition. If no other solution resolves the problem, then replacing the balancing springs or other moving support parts may be the best action.Another common cause for excessive movement, or clunking, is the floor on which the washer rests. The washer is heavy and even more so when filled with water. Any floor, other than a concrete slab, will tend to pick up and amplify the vibrations from the machine.There are a couple things you can try. If you have access to the joists under the floor, you may be able to beef up the support. Another thing to try is placing a large sheet of plywood under the washer. It should be 3/4" or even 1" thick and as large as possible to distribute the weight. Use a sheet big enough for both the washer and dryer to sit on. If possible fasten the plywood to the existing floor.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010

  • sonshine127 Jul 13, 2010

    * Today I washed a small load of lightweight clothes, a few small hand towels and one lightweight bath towel. I placed the clothes evenly and during the spin cycle the bath towel positioned itself to one side and the banging and walking started.



    * Yes, I can open the lid and redistribute the towel and adjust the weight. But this should not be happening on almost every load of lightweight items!



    * I have tilted the washer forward and backwards to allow the levelers to reset.



    * The springs have already been replaced 2 weeks ago and that has not stopped the problem.



    * What other "moving support parts" may need to be replaced???



    * My laundry room is a concrete slab.



    What else do you recommend?






  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jul 13, 2010

    The only other problem area will be the actual inner tub. This part can become damaged if large amounts of clothes or huge objects have been washed. Overloading this type of unit will damage the inner tub and outer tub integrity. I understand that the springs have been replaced, but there is something really odd about the continuing occurrence. I would disassemble and check those springs once again. If the inner tub has excessive wobble or play, i would recommend to replace the inner tub assembly.

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