Stop Washing Machine Vibration

Simply adjust the legs to keep your washing machine in place

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Keep your clothes washing machine from rocking, chattering and moving by adjusting the legs. You can level it in five minutes.

Tools Required

  • Level
  • Pliers
  • Pry bar

How to Balance a Washing Machine

If your washing machine has been making loud thumping noises and moving across the floor when it’s in spin cycle, it probably needs to be leveled. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix, though you may need a helper to tilt up the washing machine. Read on to learn how to balance a washing machine.

Project step-by-step (3)

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Step 1

Level the Front

stop washing machine vibration how to balance a washing machine

Push the washing machine back into position if it has moved across the floor. Lift the machine slightly with a pry bar to take the weight off the front legs, then turn the legs until the side of the washer is plumb. Adjust the front legs to make the machine level across the front and from front to back.

Step 2

Lock the Legs

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After leveling the washing machine, tighten the locking nut up against the frame of the washing machine to keep the leg from turning. The legs can usually be turned by hand after the locking nut at the top of the threads is turned down, but if the threads are rusted, use a wrench.

Step 3

Level the Rear Legs

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Most washing machines have self-adjusting rear legs that level from side to side, but dirt, lint and rust may keep them from working properly. If the back isn't level, tip the washing machine up a few inches and then set it back down so the weight of the machine loosens the legs. If the rear leveling mechanism is frozen with rust, tip the machine off the ground then tap the legs a few times with pliers or hammer to break it free. Next, check out all these other appliance repairs you don't need to call a pro for.