Do you own a high-efficiency top-loader washing machine that often goes out of balance? The issue might be due to the items you are washing in your load, the leveling legs or possibly a part on your machine.
Consumer Reports recently wrote about an owner of an HE top-loading washer which “consistently went out of balance,” according to the owner. This might due to the fact that, “HE top-loaders spin faster than washers with agitators to extract more water and cut down on drying time; that can result in load imbalance,” writes ConsumerReports.org.
To fix this, make sure your appliance is properly leveled and you are loading it properly by washing similar items together (a load for towels, a separate load for sheets, etc.) Consult your owner’s manual for help with proper leveling and wash cycle suggestions.
- Adjust the leveling feet only as far as necessary to level the washer. Extending the leveling feet more than necessary can cause the washer to vibrate.
- Try rocking the washer gently from corner to corner to test the washer’s stability and make sure it does not rock.
- Make sure that the leveling feet cannot move or slide on your floor which can contribute to excess vibration and noise.
- Use a leveling tool on top of the washer to check to see if the washer is level.
By the way, these tips work for non-HE washers too. However, if you find that these tips still do not help prevent your washing machine from moving and shaking, then you might need to replace a washer part.
To further reduce vibration and noise from your washer or dryer use anti-vibration pads.