I have a new LTF2140FS1 front load washer. The first time I used it it went crazy during the spin cycle and moved across the floor while making extremely troubling loud noises. I could not get it to stop doing this despite the fact that I leveled it correctly. HELP!!!
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Re: front load washer- spin cycle is like a hurricane
Be sure all the shipping materials have been removed ..next adj all feet up as close to bottom of washer as possible ..try rocking machine ..if movement detected adj only foot necessry to firm up washer ..still have vibration suspect floor ..front washers need a good SOLID floor
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I had a similar problem. During the final high spin and there was POW and the drum went funky eating into the plastic. I opened the back of the washer and look things over,.The belt for spinning was intact. I set the washer on a drain/spin option and watched from the front and back. While watching the pulley on the drum and could tell there was a hiccup as it went around. I pulled the pulley off and put on a new pulley. The new pulley was going in a perfect circle to spin the drum. It's not a hard repair, just need a little muscle to loosen the nut holding the pulley on and the same muscle to tighten the nut as much as possible. Hope this helps.
It is doutful the basket or drum has warped. With such a loud thud and still doing it when you use the machine, it appears one of the balance springs or its mounting has broken loose. This will require opening the shell of the machine. Some models have a 3 point suspension, others have a 4 point suspension. This broken suspension point will account for the fact that you can spin the drum feely by hand yet it goes crazy when spinning with a load.
Because it is a front load unit, you must be careful or have a certain level of knowledge to open the unit and reclose it with the drum, seal, and facing all lining-up and not binding. As always, unplug the unit before taking it apart. Good Luck. Macgivor
Try leveling the washer so that it is about half a bubble biased towards the rear. This usually helps front loading washers balance properly even if the installation instructions say that it should be perfectly level. This can also aid draining problems.
Also, some newer front loading washing machines are simply prone to dramatic vibration even when they is "anti-vibration" or "vibration reduction" systems. You can never go wrong installing an anti-vibration pad under the washer. Good Vibrations Inc, Kellett Enterprises and The Vibration Solution all have good products. The Vibration Solution seems to have figured out the best solution and offers excellent support and return policies.
Washer anti-vibration pads
If all else fails call the retailer and ask for an exchange.
Alot of times with front loader machines they will shake at high speed even if the machine is level. The floor may not sturdy enough. You can put a piece of 3/4" plywood or something like that under you machine. I know putting plywood under your machine is not the best looking thing, but it should help the shaking. The product just needs to to sturdy.
You probably need new shocks for the washer as they break over time. They cost $37 each and you can replace them your self. If you don't fix these you may end up breaking the motor controller and while the part may be covered under the warranty the diagnostic and labor is not.
Usually washers go around on the floor because either they're overloaded or during the spin cycle the cloths are not balanced inside the basket. If neither of these is the case, you'll need to make sure the washer has been leveled properly. The only other thing I can suggest is to place the washer on a carpeted surface so it won't "slide" so easily.
Ours started knocking several months ago and then progressed to a high pitched sound when in the spin cycle. I manually turned the drum and heard and felt a bearing roughness. I lifted the drum assembly and felt a fair amount of play, which I think the initial knocking noise came from. On the sears web site a new rear drum mount cost 293.00. Today we went and bought a LG model wm2455hw at Home depot, on sale until 2/20/08. I couldn't see paying to repair a machine that only lasted four years.