by Family Low Prices • March 1, 2019 • No Comments
When a laundry load is unevenly distributed in a washer, the drum will spin unevenly and the whole machine can vibrate. Sometimes, those vibrations are strong enough to make the large appliance “walk.” We are going to discuss the benefits of having anti-vibration pads or mats for washing machines and dryers.
Front-loading washing machines use shock absorbers to help dampen movement during the spin cycle. These are attached to the frame and the washing machine tub. If the shock absorbers are failing, the spin cycle will be very loud. It is important to repair this issue as quickly as possible as the vibrations may damage other components inside the machine.
To access the shock absorbers, remove the front panel of your machine following the directions from your owner’s manual. Inspect the shock absorbers for signs of wear, broken parts, or fluids. If the shock absorbers are worn out or broken, they will need to be replaced.
The walking effect can can damage both the machine and floors. Plus it’s just plain annoying if the washer keeps crawling out from underneath a counter or out of line with the dryer. The flooring under your washer must be able to support at least 400 pounds. Otherwise, the flooring may flex as the machine is in use causing the machine to shake and vibrate. If you have older floors, a 3/4 inch sheet of plywood under your washer and dryer can help distribute the weight of the washing machine and provide a more secure platform. However, it is recommended that you contact a contractor to reinforce the floor.
Additionally, front-loading ones are louder than top-loading machines, because they spin faster. Inside of front-loading machines, the clothes are plastered to the top, only to fall back down again and again, while the clothes in top-loading ones just get thrown around the sides of the barrel.
Ultimately, I suppose there is more than one way to fix this, though getting anti-vibration pads is certainly the easiest solution.
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