Laundry Center: Washer bangs loudly

An unbalanced load, broken suspension spring or worn snubber ring can cause the washer tub to bang against the sides of the laundry center washer cabinet.

Stop the washer and redistribute the load if all items inside the washer have worked their way to one side of the spin basket.

If the washer bangs loudly when the load is balanced, unplug the laundry center and check the suspension springs and replace any broken springs.

If the suspension springs are okay, check the snubber ring for damage and replace the snubber ring if it's cracked or worn.

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These repairs may help solve your laundry center problem

Replace the laundry center snubber ring

Replace the laundry center snubber ring

The snubber ring allows the tub support assembly to move during when the load is slightly off balance while the base remains stationary. Replace the snubber ring if it's worn or broken, causing the tub to bang against the sides of the washer cabinet when the load is balanced.

How to replace a laundry center washer snubber ring

Does your laundry center wash tub bang against the washer cabinet when it spins? The problem could be that the snubber ring is worn out. This DIY repair guide and video show how to replace a laundry center washer snubber ring in 30 minutes or less.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Symptoms common to all laundry centers

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Main causes: control system failure, broken heating element, bad gas valve coils, gas supply failure, voltage supply problem, blown fuse
Main causes: bad lid switch or lid lock, drive motor failure, broken motor coupler, bad timer, faulty electronic control board
Main causes: broken lid switch or lid lock, faulty drive motor, drain system problem, broken drive system components
Main causes: door not fully shut, bad door switch, faulty push-to-start switch, wiring failure, bad drive motor, blown fuse, control failure
Main causes: unbalanced load, broken suspension springs or shocks, worn snubber ring
Main causes: clogged drain system, blocked drain hose, bad drain pump
Main causes: broken dryer drive belt, weak drive motor, binding drum seals
Main causes: lack of water supply, failed lid switch or lid lock, bad water level pressure switch, control system failure, bad water valve

Repair guides common to all laundry centers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your laundry center.

How to replace a laundry center washer drive motor

If the motor doesn’t run, you can replace it in less than an hour.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center washer snubber ring

If the washer tub bangs the cabinet during the spin cycle even though the load is balanced, you might need to replace the snubber ring in the base of the washer.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center washer lid lock switch

If the washer fills but won’t start the agitation cycle, the lid lock switch could be defective.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all laundry centers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your laundry center.

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