All washing machines vibrate to some degree. But when your washer is vibrating loud enough to wake the neighbours it’s time to figure out why. Fortuneately, most often excessive vibrations are an easy fix.
Top loading machines vibrate more than frontloaders because, being very high efficiency they have a higher spin speed. But when your washer is vibrating faster than normal there are a few easy thing ou can check before calling an expert.
Of all the household appliance issues, a vibrating washing machine can be one of the easiest to detect. The most common problems are also easy to fix.
It is important that your washer be completely level to work properly. Washing machines come with leveling feet. These can be either self- leveling or manual and need to be set right when the washer is first installed in your home.
Manual leveling feet need to be turned by hand. This may require two people; one to lift machine and one to turn the feet. After some trial and error you should be able to get the machine levelled properly. Use a level to make this job easier and more accurate.
Self-leveling feet have a leveling mechanism. To activate you need to lift the machine and let the mechanism do it’s job.
The washing machine cannot spin properly if the load is not balanced. Heavy loads, such as towels or big blankets can often shift to one side, throwing the machine off kilter. Sneakers and other hard items should always be washed with soft things such as towels that can absorb the impact so as not to damage the washing drum.