Troubleshooting Excessive Vibration During the Spin Cycle on a Washer


A variety of thing make a washing machine vibrate excessively, most of which are easy to remedy

The Washer Still Has Shipping Bolts

If the washer was recently moved or is new, check to see if the shipping bolts are still in place. Shipping bolts usually are located in the back of the cabinet, with one in each corner around the drum area. If the bolts are in place, remove them. Operating a washer with the shipping bolts in place causes extreme vibration and will damage the machine.

The Leveling Legs Aren't Leveling

All four leveling legs should have full contact with the floor. Check by placing your hands on the corners of the cabinet and rocking it slightly side to side. If there is any movement, adjust the legs following the directions in your owner's manual.

The Washer Has an Unbalanced Load

If the items placed in the washtub shift to one side of the tub, the load becomes unbalanced. Unbalanced loads are especially true with large or bulky items. Open the washer and redistribute the load.

The Flooring Is Weak

Above-ground floor installations or pier-and-beam foundations may not offer adequate support for some washing machines, particularly washers with a high-speed spin. Securing a sheet of 3/4-inch plywood to the floor under the washer base will sometimes help resolve the excessive vibration.

Something in the Washer Is Broken

Once all other possible causes have been eliminated, the problem may be damaged internal components. Suspension springs, balance rings, snubber pads or shock absorbers will all cause excessive vibration if broken or missing. Inspect these parts and replace any that are broken. Designs vary greatly by model; check your owner's manual for details on your machine.