There could be various reasons as to why your washing machine is perhaps shaking, or spinning, in a noisy manner. This video will cover some of the things that you can look to into, in order for you to identify what the cause could be.
If you have come to dread putting the washing on because you have come to dread all the noise it causes, eSpares are here to help.
Switch Off Your Machine
Safety First! Please make sure that you have switched your appliance off at the mains before starting your repair.
Check 1 - Is the Appliance Level?
If your machine is rocking like the one in this video is doing, then you need to adjust the feet from underneath. Most manufacturers have adjustable feet at the bottom.
Check 2 - Put The Machine On An Empty Spin Cycle
If when you do this your machine makes a grinding noise or is shaking excessively, there's likely to be an issue with the bearings, eSpares have an additional video for best how to deal with that here.
Check 3 - Unbalanced Wash Loads
There are things you can do when it comes to choosing what items go in each wash, that could possibly have an impact on your machine shaking and spinning.
For example, if you were to put one wet towel into the machine and put it on a spin cycle, you can hear the machine struggling to balance out the load within the drum.
Important Notice: Never do this at home - In this video we are going to take the top off, just to show you what's happening inside the machine.
This is a controlled environment and is shown for demonstration purposes only.
The concrete weight helps to give the drum inertia, so there isn't too much movement, there are two suspension springs which suspend the drum from the chassis of the machine and underneath are two dampers which help to control the movement of the drum.
If you put an unbalanced load into a washing machine, and as a result of lots of movement happening inside, it can hammer the bearings which can lead to them needing to be repaired.
In some instances, it can also shake the concrete weights free.
Once the machine has found a balanced load it goes into a faster spin cycle, but if it doesn't find a balanced load it will stop-start and may work at a slower speed.
If we undo the bolts on the weight on the top of the drum, you will be able to hear what a loose weight sounds like.
If you're hearing that same noise in your machine, when the drum is shaking there is no need to worry as this is easy to fix. Simply tighten up the nuts on the weights, and put the machine into a spin cycle to give it a test.
If we were to put these three towels into the machine, this should be a much more balanced load and easier for the machine to deal with.
Now that the machine has a balanced load you can hear that it's spinning much more effectively, and goes up to a spin speed far quicker - and as you can see there is some movement in the machine.
This movement is perfectly normal, and the suspension springs and dampers underneath help to limit the movement of the drum.
An unbalanced load isn't something that manufactures touch on into great detail, but it's well worth keeping in mind.
If you're washing heavy items put them together, to balance out the loading of your machine to stop excessive shaking and excessive noise - and this will save you time and money in the long run.
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