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Too Much Shaking Going On? Tips For Restoring Your Washer's Smooth Moves

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A clothes washer that begins to vibrate or shake during the wash, rinse, or spin cycle may well be crying out for help. In some instances, the problem may be caused by something as simple as a poorly distributed load of clothes that puts too much weight on one side of the tub. When this is the problem, simply repositioning the wet clothing may be all that is needed to rectify the situation. 

When a washer begins to vibrate or shake each time it is used, even when the clothing is properly distributed, the problem may be more serious and require the assistance of an appliance repair service contractor. 

Leveling issues

Most washing machines are now manufactured with legs that adjust automatically to fluctuations in the floor height and help keep the appliance level. If one or more of these self-leveling legs becomes jammed and fails to work properly, the machine can become off level and begin to vibrate with each cycle.

Homeowners who are having this problem can have an appliance service contractor check to see if a leveling issue exists with their washer. If so, the repair contractor can manually adjust the legs to stop annoying vibrations and return the washer to it previously quiet operation. 

Worn shocks, struts, and springs

Like a car, a clothes washer has shock absorbers and struts to help it operate smoothly and quietly. If these components become worn or damaged, the washer will begin to shake, move from position, and become increasingly noisy. 

In addition to causing noisy operation and vibration, weak or worn shock absorbers or struts on your washing machine can also increase the chances that loads of clothing will shift and become unbalanced as the cycles begin and end. When this happens, the noise and vibration issues are likely to worsen over time. 

Noisy operation and vibrations can also result from worn or broken suspension springs. These are the short springs that help to suspend the tub inside the cabinet and keep it stabilized to the washer frame. Wear issues can make these springs appear stretched or misshapen, or they may become detached or break completely. 

Homeowners who find that their washing machines will require replacement of a worn or broken suspension spring should plan to replace all of them at the same time. This is necessary because the wear rate is typically similar for each spring. Proactively replacing all the springs instead of just one can help to prevent future repair calls for the same problem. 

To learn more reasons why your washing machine has become too noisy and is shaking too much, consult a reputable appliance repair service in your area.