Front load washer vibrating excessively?
Bob Dougherty of Fleet Appliance Repair may have an answer for the vibrating washer with the following appliance repair information:
Is the washer placed directly on the floor and not on the optional pedestal?
When the washer is not on a pedestal, all four washer feet need to be in firm contact with the floor. Try to rock the washer diagonally, from corner to corner, with your hands; adjust the feet if the washer teeters. The lock nuts on all four of the feet should be tightened against the washer cabinet.
NOTE: If you make adjustments to the washer installation, always check the four feet for contact with the floor, make sure washer is level, and tighten the lock nuts on the feet.
Is the washer on a pedestal?
When the washer is on a pedestal, the feet must be removed from the washer before installing it onto the pedestal. The black pedestal pads should be securely placed between the top of the pedestal and the washer. Make sure the washer is secured to the pedestal by tightening the four connecting bolts. You can access the connecting bolts by removing the pedestal drawer. See the Installation Instructions for details.
The pedestal feet should be installed and all four feet should be in firm contact with the floor. Try to rock the washer diagonally, from corner to corner, with your hands; adjust the feet if the washer teeters. The lock nuts on all four of the feet should be tightened against the pedestal cabinet. See the Installation Instructions for details.
Are all shipping bolts removed?
All shipping bolts must be removed from the rear or front of the washer before you operate the washer. Each unit is shipped from the factory with bolts, which are designed to keep the washer from being damaged during shipping. Failure to remove all of the shipping bolts and/or the plastic spacers that are with them can result in noise, vibration, error codes, and possible machine damage.
Do you feel the vibration across the room?
Vibration that you can feel in the floor from across the room can be a sign of a floor that is flexing. Flooring that flexes or is uneven can contribute to washer noise and vibration. The noise and vibration may be reduced by placing and securing a piece of ¾" (19.1 mm) plywood to the floor beneath the washer and dryer. Refer to the Installation Instructions for flooring requirements. Modern washers have high spin speeds to extract more water from the load. These high-spin speed washers require sturdy floors.
Normal sounds in high-speed spin
Some noise during the final spin portion of the cycle is normal. The washer spin speeds range from 900 to 1200 rpm to extract the maximum amount of water from the load. The final spin lasts about 2 to 3 minutes. During the final spin, higher spin speeds create sounds that you probably have not heard compared to a standard top-load washer. These sounds are normal for a front-load washer.
Bob Dougherty operates Fleet Appliance Corp in Long Island, NY. With over 22 years in business, they are the only Certified Service Center in Suffolk County and their factory trained technicians provide appliance repair and installation services. Fleet Appliance is factory authorized for most major brands and licensed by Suffolk County Consumer Affairs. Visit http://www.fleetappliance.com to learn more.
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