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Washing Machine Shakes or Vibrates

In most cases, a washing machine shakes or vibrates when it isn’t sitting level on the floor or because it has an out-of-balance wash load. Here’s how to get it to settle down!

First eliminate the possibility of that the washing machine is shaking because of an out-of-balance load. Adjust the load if it has scrunched up on one side of the tub. Then check the machine for solid, level support.

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Place a level on the washing machine to make sure it’s level from side to side and front to back.

Also be sure the floor is solid. For the machine to work properly, the floor must be flat, level, and strong enough to support the heavy, water-filled washer without deflecting under the load.

How to Fix Washing Machine Shakes

1Unplug the washer before doing any work on it.


2Check the leveling feet. Look under the washer and make sure all feet are resting firmly on the floor. If one or both of the front feet are not tight against the floor, unscrew them (turn counterclockwise) until they’re tight. Note: The front feet should be as short as possible—do not fully extend them. Place a level on top of the washing machine and adjust the front feet slightly if needed to level the washer.

3Make sure the front legs have rubber caps and locking nuts to keep them tight. If they don’t, buy these parts and install them.

4If necessary, tilt the washing machine forward. This will allow the back feet to self-adjust. Recheck for level, and adjust the front feet again. Plug in the machine and run it empty.

Run it through the spin cycle to see if it still vibrates. If it does, call an appliance repair person.

For more washing machine repairs, see Washing Machine Troubleshooting & Repairs.

About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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