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6 Tips to Stop Washing Machine Vibration

Washing machines are not supposed to violently vibrate around. If your washer wont stop vibrating, try these six tips to help resolve your issue.

Man looking into the washing machine

Is your washing machine shaking and vibrating? Does it seem to be ready to launch into space? Any time a machine is expected to spin something the size of a load of laundry, there is bound to be a little vibration. But beyond the typical tremors? That’s a sign there’s a problem. Fortunately, the solution might be as simple as making a minor adjustment. Here are the most common culprits of washing machine vibration — as well as ways you can tame that trembling yourself.

1. Check that your loads are balanced

Just like ceiling fan blades, the items you place in your washer need to be relatively balanced. Anyone can learn how to balance a washing machine load. Simply try to make sure that any heavy, bulky items, like bedspreads, are spread out over the entire tub of a top-loader washer. If the items are not large enough to spread around, balance them with equally bulky items or multiple items on the opposite side. Note: The loading is not as critical on a front loader. However, those washers spin at a higher rate of speed. That can amplify any problem that might be causing vibration.

2. Check the the floor and machine are level

Your washer may appear to be level, but your eyes could be deceiving you. With the help of a construction level tool, this is an easy task to mark off your list. First, determine if the floor is level. If it is not, hopefully there is enough adjustment in the washing machine feet to compensate for it. Place the level on top of the washer, and check the level from side to side and front to back. The feet under the washer, at each corner, are made to be adjusted. Just keep adjusting and checking the level until you have it right.

3. Ensure You Have a Sturdy Floor

If your whole floor is shaking, there may be a problem with the stability of it. Does it shake when someone walks across it? Then that may be your culprit — not the washer itself. If you have access to the underside of the floor, in a basement or crawl space, it may be possible to add floor support. If not, spreading the load of the washing machine out over a larger area might help. You can do this by cutting a piece of 3/4" plywood to the depth of the front of the washer to the back wall and the width of the washer and the dryer combined (if they are side by side) and placing it under the appliance(s). If this does not help, it would be wise to consult a licensed construction professional to resolve your shaky floor once and for all.

4. Check Your Stacking Kit

Do you have a stacked washer and dryer? Most of them come with a metal frame that mounts the upper unit to the lower one. If you have that type, make sure the connections are secure. A sturdy floor and a level installation are also especially important with stacked units (see above).

5. Purchase Washing Machine Vibration Pads

Anti-vibration pads are an easy, economical way to absorb and quiet a vibrating washing machine. Most are simply mats made of molded rubber that the washer and dryer sit upon. There is also a smaller, cheaper alternative available: individual small pads for each of the washer feet. The bottom of the pads grip the floor, and the feet fit into a pocket on the top. Vamoose vibration!

6. Call in Some Reinforcement

Here’s something you may not have thought about: If you live in a multi-family building, your neighbors are more than likely aware of your vibrating washing machine, too. Keep your neighbors happy. Keep your washing machine happy. Try these recommendations. If they don’t work (or if you would rather let someone else handle the task to begin with), though, go ahead and get some professional help. A shaky washing machine could lead to a broken one. If you're not already covered, it may be a good idea to look into American Home Shield® to help protect some of your most relaible appliances and systems. You’ll be glad you did.

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