How To Fix A Washer That Is Shaking or Wobbly

NOTICE: Before trying to diagnose why your washer is shaking or wobbling, make sure to disconnect it from all power sources.

After throwing in a load of laundry, the last thing you want to hear is the washer throwing a fit. It may begin to shake and wobble which is a clear indicator that your washer is trying to tell you something. The vibrations that may be occurring leads to the realization that something may be wrong. This can happen for a number of different reasons which can include an unbalanced load, damaged suspension springs, shock absorbers, or an un-level surface. Any of these repairs could bring the wobbling washer to a steady stop.

Unbalanced Load

An unbalanced washer load is the most common cause of a shaky or wobbly washer. An unbalanced load is typically created when washing an item that is heavy or bulky such as a comforter. The items will end up on one side of the washer tub, leaving the other side empty and unstable. To stabilize an unbalanced washer load all you need to do is open the washer door and redistribute the load so that it is evenly distributed around the tub.

Un-Level Surface

If the surface your washer is on is not level it can cause your washer to shake or wobble. Installing leveling legs to the bottom of your washer is an easy fix to an un-level washer surface. Leveling legs attach to the bottom of your washer and create an even, level surface for the bottom of the washer.

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Faulty or Damaged Suspension Springs

Typically washers will have three suspension springs, however, some models only have two springs and some models have as many as four. The number of suspension springs a washer has varies from model to model. The suspension springs work together to stabilize the washer’s tub during the spin cycle and keep the washer tub centered on the frame. If one of your suspension springs becomes damaged the area of the tub that the spring was responsible for will become unstable. This instability in the tub during the spin cycle can cause the washer to wobble or shake.

If you found that you need a new suspension spring for your shaking washer: Shop Suspension Parts Here

Suspension Rods

There are suspension springs and suspension rods. Suspension rods assist in dampening the motion of the washer tub. Since there are multiple suspension rods, if one becomes broken or missing, the washer will wobble and shake.

If you found that you need a new suspension rod for your washer: Shop Suspension Parts Here

Snubber Pads

The snubber pads assist in dampening the vibration the washing machine could create throughout the spin cycle. This pad is generally located at the bottom of the machine. If this particular part is worn out, missing or covered with a particular sticky substance, which could be detergent etc., this could lead to the wobbling and shaking you may be experiencing.

More Washer Repair Parts

We covered some of the most common issues above that cause washers to shake or wobble. If you find that you need a replacement part that is not listed above, feel free to browse our website or visit the washer parts page.

If you have a hard time finding the part you need for your washer, just give us a call at 866-236-3848 and one of our Part Experts would be happy to help you find the exact OEM replacement part you are looking for to fix your wobbly washer.

Locating the Model Number on your washer:

When calling to find an exact replacement part for your washer, you will need the Model Number ready to go. The model number on a washer can typically be found in one of four places: under the lid, on the back of the control panel, the bottom left corner (exterior), or the back of the washer near the water inlet valves (exterior).
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