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Why is the washing machine getting out of balance?

Machine gets out of balance during the spin cycle

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How old is it? Is it banging? Does the agitator move back and forth when empty?


My machine is about 9 years old and continues to go unbalanced at the spin cycle.

What should I do?


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Remove Shipping Materials

If your washer is new and the problem started immediately, it is likely caused by shipping materials accidentally left in place. On a top-loading washer, a shipping bolt is installed on the bottom center of the washer. Top-loading washers also typically have three shipping bolts, spacers and metal clamps in the back of the washer. Some models may have even more shipping materials that need to be removed. Refer to the installation instructions for your washer and make sure all shipping materials have been removed before using the machine. Failure to remove these shipping materials causes problems with the spin cycle, and it can also damage the machine permanently.

Level the Machine

Check that the machine is level across the front, back and sides. A machine that is not level will rock during the spin cycle and cause the machine to be off balance. All four legs should be in firm contact with a solid floor. A carpeted surface can throw this balance off. If your washer is located on a pedestal, the problem can be amplified. Top-loading washers automatically adjust to level. If something has shifted, you can relevel a top-loading washer by tipping the washer forward, then placing it back on the floor. Front-loading washers level by turning a leg to raise or lower it. You may need to open the front access panel to loosen the lock nuts that control the legs.

Check for Overloading

If you tend to fill the washer completely to the top, regardless of the weight or composition of the contents, you may be overloading your machine. An easy way to check this is to run a small load. If you have no problems with a small load, consider that overloading may be causing your spin cycle balance problem.

Look for Laundry Caught Below the Tub

Laundry caught below the tub or between the agitator and the inner tub can cause the washer to operate off balance with every load. The problem can be anything: a penny that worked its way out of a pocket, a button that fell off a shirt or a wayward sock or other article of clothing. If you cannot see a problem, you may need to remove the front or top panel and the agitator. Remove the offending item and clean out any debris. Replace the agitator and panel before running the machine again.

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Top loading, direct drive, washers will go off balance for several reasons. The most common problem is the items being washed.

•Washing sheets with towels will always create an off balance load. Wash them separate.

•A full load of towels will wash better than just 2 or 3 towels. This is the same with jeans.

•Don't add socks or small items with sheets. The sheets create air pockets and small items get caught in the air pockets and get pushed over the top of basket ending up in the pump or stuck between the inner basket and outer tub.

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Also be sure you do not mix different materials like light weight clothing with towels. Towels hold more water so when spinning they will pull the load even if clothing is visually distributed.

Update (01/22/2018)


On two occasions I found a worn out belt to be the cause. On my machine it was visibly worn, but later, on a customers machine, it looked in great condition. She always does light loads so I could not fathom why that was going off balance. After scrutinizing internals, I could only think of the belt as a possible suspect. After changing it, all was right as rain. I do not pretend to know how the belt causes this but it just works.

On another client it turned out that the agitator was slightly bent! It was one of those machines that locks you out, so she never noticed that when she bought it. It worked iffy from day one so she attributed it to being new to washing machines and old house flooring. Two years later it was growingly annoying to just wash. After separating towels it made it bearable. At least until the machine completely conks out.

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Most washers get out of balance during normal use, but on the front corners most have adjustable screws, these are large and you will need someone to lift the front up and adjust the side that is uneven or both. Sometimes it takes working with them until it's level. This is usually a very easy fix.. Let me know if it works or if you need any more help, I've just adjusted my dryer. Good luck.

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