Households and commercial launders depend on GE washers for clean clothing that looks great, but after years of use, the washing machine may run nosily or vibrate more than it used to. Excessive vibration can shake loose internal parts, so use these troubleshooting tips to determine the cause and prevent expensive repairs down the road.
Very large loads and bulky items such as blankets can become imbalanced in the tub, causing it to wobble, shake and vibrate excessively. Open the lid and rearrange the load so that the items are evenly distributed. Wash pillows and similar items in batches to avoid imbalance issues.
The washing machine should be level on the floor and set back from the wall. Otherwise, the unit may shake during operation or knock against the wall. This easy maintenance tip requires no extra washer parts. Position the washer so it is at least 4 inches away from the wall. Adjust the front feet until all four feet touch the floor, and use a level to test that the washer is even on all sides. If your floor sags, level the unit using shims. Anti-vibration pads designed for washing machines can help alleviate excessive vibration.
On top-loading washers, the spin basket is secured with a spanner nut, which can shake loose over time and cause the basket to rotate improperly, making noise during the spin cycle. To access the spanner nut, unplug the washer and remove the agitator. Tighten the nut with a spanner wrench or replace it. You can find new parts and washer repair help at Sears PartsDirect.
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