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Washer vibrates and walks during spin cycle. Washer is on a vinyl floor

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Check to make sure the washer is level, and double check to make sure the shipping bolts have been removed from the back of the washer.

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Vibrates when it spins


Here are a few quick facts on washing machine vibration.
  1. All washing machines and dryer vibrate. Dryers usually have less vibration than washers because the load is only wet clothes (as opposed to a drum of water and clothes). Front loading washing machines cause high frequency vertical oscillation while top loading washers usually have horizontal oscillation.
  2. Almost all front loading washing machines are not recommended for use on standard joist-construction floors (most common floor type, compared to a concrete slab sub-floor). Manufactures like GE, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Bosch and more, all recommend installing a pad like Silent Feet under the washing machine to absorb the vibration.
  3. The only alternative to using Silent Feet pads to prevent structural damage is costly upgrading of the sub-floor. This usually involves adding a second layer of plywood sub-floor and adding sister boards to the rafters that support the floor. But even this won't reduce the amount of vibration noise that you hear. Sub-floor upgrades can cost thousands of dollars.
  4. Vibration can also cause appliance "walking" (unwanted movement) usually during the spin cycle. Simply installing a pad designed to prevent walking can solve this problem and mean that you'll never have to reposition your washer after every load again. Both Original Silent Feet and Anti-Walk Silent Feet prevent walking, however for washers that move a lot or stacked units it is recommended that you install Anti-Walk Silent Feet for the best results.
You were not specific in either type or model. I hope the above information helps. Also, the size of the loads plays a great part in how a machine functions. have a nice day
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Dec 16, 2013 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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I have a Maytag 3000 washer and I have adjusted the feet numerous times to keep it from walking. Do you have any suggestions? The floor is good but likes to walk during spin cycle.


did you level the unit first as per owners manual, then after its level did you turn the "jamb huts" on the legs with a 9/16" open ended wrench above the feet up against the cabinet bottom?,if you dont do this step the vibration in spin will turn the legs again and un-level the unit

Feb 21, 2010 | Maytag EPIC MFW9700S Front Load Washer

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Model MAH9700 - Washer travels across floor in the spin cycle


I suppose that the repairmen would know than I would, but I do know that any washing machine that is not level will walk and vibrate and really shutter on the spin cycle. I would try to level (using a level on the top part of the machine that is flat, if there is such a portion) the machine so that all four feet (pads) are secure with their locking nuts up against the body so that they can't turn and cause the machine to go out of level.
Sorry I can't be of more help.

Oct 12, 2009 | Maytag Neptune MAH9700 Front Load Washer

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On the spin cycle my miele walks acrossed the floor


make sure you loads are balanced, put heaviest clothes in first... if you can rock it by hand then the legs are not adjusted properly. If you stand 2 feet away from front of machine, jump up and down and see it move the floor is soft and you need 2 sheets of plywood to make 1 1/2 inches put under the machine

Aug 06, 2009 | Washing Machines

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Vibration during spin cycle - "walking" across floor


dear sir/mam
please check the floor level of your washer by using the spirit level,if there is difference please adjust the level by screwing the legs of the washer,then vibration will be stopped.

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Washer is "walking" during the spin cycle


I have the same Duet that vibrates heavily during spin cycle. Leveled the unit with no success (our unit is mounted on the high base). Long story short, I went to Lowes and purchased a package of 4"X5" self stick foam rubber pads called Grippers by Wasman Consumer Group and paid a low price of $3.50. Since the washer walked forward, I cut one of the two Pads in the package in half, removed the sticky side paper protector and centered a half, sticky side to washer pad, to each front washer pad. The problem was solved.

I made sure the round floor pads of the washer were tight and the unit was level before attaching the Grippers. Hope this helps.

Jan 11, 2009 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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EXTREME SHAKING DURING SPIN CYCLE


Check the Vibration damper rods to be sure that...
1. They are there and mount is solid.
2. If they are broken in 1/2.
3. The plastic knuckle mounts are not missing/broken.
4. There is oil in the shock absorber/spring section of the rods.

Also - there are suspension springs on the bottom of the tub that could be broken and/or missing.

Replace/repair as necessary.

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Dec 27, 2008 | Washing Machines

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Maytag front loader MAH-3 vibrates. Level & on concrete floor.


THERE ARE SHOCK ABSORBERS IN THIS UNIT,SOUNDS LIKE ONE OF THEM IS BROKEN.HOPE THIS HELPS

Nov 16, 2008 | Maytag EPIC MFW9700S Front Load Washer

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Walking during the spin cycle


Is your floor level, first thing. Okay, the rear 2 legs are not adjustable so leave it. The front 2 legs should be screwed up (ie the machine should be at the lowest level in front) and there are check nuts to tighten inside the body of the machine. Check the machine it it rocks by using your hand against it. Adjust accordingly, this is if your floor is not too good. You shd not hv any problem. If the rocking persists check inside machine, behind after getting he plug off wall, maybe shockabsorbers hv come off, springs?.....

and rate me please if helped.............

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