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I have a top load Maytag washer which I have had for about 5 years. For some reason, for appriximately the last year, it seems to have problems with balance when spinning. I have to be more cautious in how I load the clothes than I did in the past. Some time there is still off balance during spinning. I think the washer may not be totally level but supposedly there are leveling legs which are supposed to auto correct. Can you tell me what the problem is?

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Hi from retired Englishman in SW France

I mostly answer front load problems but ' out of balance' is a common problem with both!
I don't believe the legs do 'auto correct'; they can be adjusted to correct.
It is necessary to ensure absolutely that the machine, even when empty, has all 4 feet very firmly on the floor, and I mean firmly ;-0)

Doesn't matter whether it is empty or not but switch it off then-
very firmly push one front corner diagonally into the centre of the machine and see if the machine moves or rocks AT ALL, even the slightest. If it does you will need the open-ended spanner which came with the (new) machine........which of course went missing a long time ago?!! An adjustable spanner will suffice.
Adjust the foot under that corner downwards until it is very firmly- almost pushing- against the floor but not so far that the corner lifts up!
If this corner did not rock do the same to the other.
Once you cannot rock the machine the slightest little bit, screw the locking nuts up tight to the underside of the machine so that they will not move. Ideally the rear feet should also be locked.

If this has not cured the problem it is possible that the internal drum suspension is malfunctioning.

Good luck,

John C

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

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