How to Reduce Vibration of Your Washing Machine?
A washing machine has become an integral part of our lives. It is an essential appliance to keep our daily routine smooth and clothes squeaky clean.
But like any other electrical appliance, it does have its pain areas. The most common issue is the intense vibration, especially during the spinning phase. It rocks, thumps, and can cause things from adjoining rooms to fall. It can even cause highly irritating noise. The front-load machines tend to vibrate more violently than the top load because of their faster spin cycle.
Here, we try to look at various causes of the vibrations and some solutions that you can undertake to fix it.
The transit bolts have not been removed
Be it a front-load or a top-load; they are delivered at your doorstep with plenty of shipping materials like shipping bolts, additional spacers, metal clamps, or any other shipping material.
It is critical to check the manual and instructions that come with the washing machine and remove all shipping materials and transit bolts from the device. They not only increase the vibrations but also cause irreversible damage to the machine. Removing them will reduce the vibrations of the machine.
The appliance is not levelled
It might look that the machine is at the level, but most often, it is not so. However, we can quickly rule this out using a construction level tool or even apps from your mobile. Foremost, we need to be sure that the floor is level. If it is not, we need to level the machine using the self or manual-levelling feet that comes attached to most washers. Generally, the feet turn to adjust, but self-levelling feet have a different working principle.
To verify, you need to place the level tool at the top of the machine and check the level from front to back and side to side. Now keep adjusting the feet until the levelling is right. The machine might need to be lifted from one side or two to get the perfect levelling.
The floor must be sturdy
Sometimes the floor on which you are placing the washing machine might not be sturdy. It might shake even when someone walks on it. Then, the excessive vibrations in the washer might arise due to it.
There are two ways to take care of this problem. In case the underside of the floor is accessible like in a crawl space or basement, you can add floor support.
The second way is to spread the load of the machine over a larger area. For this, take a piece of plywood of ¾ inches to the washer’s depth from its front to the back wall and the width to the washer and spin combined in case they are adjacent to each other. You can place the ply under the washer.
In case both solutions are not working, its best to consult a licensed construction professional and resolve the floor issue from its roots.
Stacking kit issues
This can be looked into if you own a stacked washer and dryer. Such machines come with a metal frame mounting the upper unit to the lower one. The frame keeps the whole unit stable and cohesive during operation. In case it does not have proper connections or is missing, you will witness excessive vibrations, especially during spinning since the washer would be off-balance.
You must check and verify that all is well with the stacking kit. For such machines, levelling and floor issues also take higher importance.
Check the load
A load of clothes placed inside the machine for wash also plays a critical role in its vibration. Both underloading and overloading of clothes will cause the machine to vibrate. For instance, if you are washing a single piece of jeans, it is advisable to add a few towels or some other clothes to achieve a balanced load. If the clothes load is excessive, it’s best to take out some clothes and put them in the second wash cycle.
Reposition the load
Another reason for excessive vibration is the distribution of clothes’ load inside the washer. Sometimes, they ‘hug’ one side of the washer and throws the machine off-balance. It increases the vibration of the machine. Redistributing the weight and resetting the washer will fix the problem. Fortunately, newer models come with auto-load redistribution mechanism.
If you are washing hard items like dirty sneakers; its best to wash them along with some towels or other soft material to create a balanced load.
Buy anti-vibration washing machine pads
A smart and economical way to reduce the washing machine vibration is to invest in full-size anti-vibration platforms or even anti-vibration pads. They can be mats made of molded rubber on which the washing machine and dryer sit upon. Else, they can also be small individual pads for each of the washer feet. The machine foot fits into the top pocket of the pad while its bottom grips the floor, and the vibration gets reduced to a significant degree.
Seek professional help
Suppose none of the above hacks has worked to get the vibrations under control; its best to seek professional help. You must not even rule out, upgrading your washing machine.
We hope you are able to tackle the washing machine vibration issues using any of the hacks above. It must be noted that not all washing machines are created equal. Thus, while might work for one machine might not work for the other.
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