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Our 3 year old front loader washer viberates excessively. It is level, the floor stable and capable of supporting this kind of weight and we put extra anti-skid pads under the legs. I avoid heavy loads because the viberation is absolutely violent with them. I I am always afraid of doing damage to the tub and balance system so when it is viberating too much, I stop it, wait until the clothes (always a moderate load) completely settle, then start again and sometimes it's better. We don't know anything else to try and it's very disappointing to have had this problem with such a new machine. In the first 6 months or so, the machine ran quitely and preformed well but it became worse with time. We expected some viberation because of the rapid spinning motion but not so much that it actually walks a bit on the floor. And I assure you we check for levelness often and it's always level. Any suggestions?

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Might be..... the suspension or springs holding the drum......
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