On high speed spin cycle the entire first floor vibrates, is this normal??
The final spin cycle is high speed and although all of the leveling feet are firmly planted on the floor, the vibration of the machine transfers throughout the entire first floor of my home. Is this typical for these types of washers?
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Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
Although you say it's level I would recommend you try my method to make absolutely certain!
It is necessary to ensure absolutely that the machine 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.
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Thanks and good luck!
All front loaders shake to some extent. It depends on the balance of the load. It is especially evident in the spin cycle due to the high speeds. Also these machines are best placed on a solid cement floor. They can shake an entire house if on the first or second floor and the floors are not well reinforced.
Check to make sure it's level. Number one cause of vibration is not being level. Number two cause is soft floor and what I call "Sympathetic vibration" where the floor shakes a bit and it seems like it's in time with the vibration on the washer. It then magnifies the vibration and makes it worse.
If it's level and on a solid floor, you need to get it serviced under warrenty.
Most likely cause of vibration is that the washer isn't leveled. Use a torpedo or carpenters level and adjust the support feet on the washer to get it level. If it still makes the floor vibrate, you may have a soft floor. You could then try putting a piece of 3/4 plywood under the washer to help support the weight.
it may be level but if the feet are not adjusted to be tight to the floor this will cause it to walk so try adjusting the feet then lock the locking nut I am sure you will find 2 that are not adjusted tight enough.
You said,your 6 year old Kenmore elite top loader's wash plate doesn't seem to go
through its proper motions. When the lid is closed and the washer has
filled and the agitating cycle begins, you can hear a vibrating noise
as if the plate is trying to move on the gentle cycle, but when the lid
is opened, nothing has moved at all. The drain and spin work fine, and
the machine goes through an entire cycle without error messages, but
the clothes aren't clean. You said, you have heard a lot of horror stories of how
expensive these washers are to repair, so would like an idea of what's
wrong beforehand. Here are a list of common vibration noises
Noisy, vibrating, off-balance Is the washer level? Does the washer rock when pushed against the corners? The washer must be level. The front and rear feet must be in firm contact with the floor. Check that the locknuts are tightened. See “Level the Washer.” Is the floor flexing, sagging or not level? Flooring that flexes or is uneven can contribute to noise and vibration of the washer. A ³⁄₄" (1.9 cm) piece of plywood under the washer will reduce the sounds. See “Location Requirements.” Is the load balanced? Evenly distribute the load in the washer basket and make sure the height of the load does not exceed the top row of basket holes. See “Starting Your Washer.” Do you hear clicking or other noises when the cycle changes from washing to draining or spinning? When the drive system shifts or the washer basket settles between cycles you may hear noises that are different from your previous washer. These are normal washer noises. Is the washer gurgling or humming?
Is the washer level? The wash load should be balanced and not overloaded. The washer must be level. The front feet should be properly installed and the nuts tightened. Reset the rear leveling legs (if needed). See the Installation Instructions. Did you completely remove the yellow shipping strap with cotter pins? See the Installation Instructions. • Are the gears engaging after the drain and before spin, or is the upper part of agitator clicking during wash? These are normal washer noises.
Let me know if any of these are the solution! Huuum
IF THE FLOOR IS NOT ABSOLUTELY STABLE, IT WILL MAGNIFY A SMALL VIBRATION INTO A LARGE ONE. PUT SOMETHING ON THE DRYER IF IT SETS NEXT TO THE WASHER, AND TURN ON THE WASHER INTO SPIN. IF THE ITEM ON THE DRYER SHAKES, THE FLOOR IS MOVING.
IF THE WASHER IS ON CARPET, REMOVE THE CARPET OR CUT HOLES IN IT WHERE THE FEET ARE SO IT IS NOT SETTING ON THE CARPET. THE CARPET AND PAD WILL BE TOO SOFT FOR THE WASHER TO SET STABLE.
ALSO, PICK UP ON THE REAR OF THE WASHER TO RESET THE AUTO LEVELING REAR LEGS. YOU SHOULD HEAR THEM MOVE AND RESET WHEN YOU SET THE WASHER BACK DOWN.
I found a solution on another site. At first I didn't think it would work, but it did....
The samsung washer is very sensitve to balance. Although you may feel you have all of the feet tight to the floor....run the spin cycle, as it runs up to the middle speed, watch each foot closely, one of the feet will lift up and down just a tiny bit (or more)
Lift that corner slightly and Tighten that foot. Continue to run the spin and watch the feet, make sure none of them move at all.
Mine immediatly went up to the faster speed and wrang out the clothes like it did the first day i got the machine. Once done, be sure to LOCK the feet with the ring at the top.