How to Fix a Walking Washer

Answer

It is neither possessed nor a sign of a problem if the washing machine moves across the room. The spinning action that occurs between the wash and rinse cycles in a washing machine has the potential to throw off the load’s equilibrium and cause the machine to move across the room. In most cases, this occurs either because the washer was not level when it was first used or because the machine was overloaded with too many heavy items that caused an imbalance in the load. You can maintain the washer in the same spot as it washes by using some standard equipment found around the home to level the feet of the machine.

  1. Make sure the washer is loaded correctly. When there are too many items in the washing machine at once, it may be simple for the load to become unbalanced. The tub does not cycle in a complete circle when the load is unbalanced; instead, it cycles according to the weight of the load, which might cause the washer to move about the room. When the load is balanced, the tub cycles in a perfect circle. To prevent the burden from being unbalanced and perhaps dangerous, you should avoid packing heavy comforters with other items. Adjust the load so that it is evenly distributed throughout the tub.

  2. If you’ve confirmed that the amount of the load wasn’t the factor that caused the washer to move across the room, you’ll need to unplug it.

  3. Put the level in the centre of the top of the washer so that it can be read going from side to side. Check the level, and observe the bubble to make certain it is positioned between the two markings that signify level. If the bubble moves to the left, this indicates that the right side of the washer has an incorrectly high setting. When the level moves to the right, there is an unsafe amount of water on the left side. Take a mental note of the location.

  4. Remove the level from the top of the washer and readjust it so that it runs from front to back in the centre of the surface. Check the bubble for level. If the bubble is located toward the rear, then the level in the front is too high; conversely, if the level runs toward the front, then the bubble is located toward the back.

  5. To adjust the rear feet, you will need to pull the washer away from the wall. According to Reliable Appliance, you may unlock the foot by turning the locking nut counterclockwise with the pliers. This unlocks the bolt that is holding the foot in place. After it has been loosened, put the pliers on the foot and spin it in a counterclockwise direction to lower the washer. Turn it in a clockwise direction to raise the washer. It is necessary to repeat this process on both of the washer’s rear feet. Verify once again that the rear feet are level by positioning the level so that it reads side to side on the top of the washer that is closest to the back feet. If required, readjust the position of the rear foot. After ensuring that the feet are even, tighten the locking nuts.

  6. Adjust the front feet in the same way that you adjusted the rear feet. Adjust the front feet in the same way. Always double check the level after making an adjustment and continue doing so until the washing machine is perfectly level.

  7. Check the level in both directions one more time after you have pushed the washing machine back into its original position. Reconnect the gadget to its power source. After you have determined that the machine is level from front to back and from side to side, add a fresh load and put it through a wash cycle. If the washer does not continue to move about the room after this, you have successfully levelled the machine.

  8. According to Las Vegas Appliance, further issues may include damaged suspension rods or shock absorbers that have seen their better days. The shock absorbers of a washing machine may be found in the space between the outside wash drum and the machine’s frame. If they are not operating properly, it is possible that they will need to be changed since they dampen vibrations that occur during the spin cycle. In a similar manner, the suspension rods of top-loading washing machines serve the purpose of shock absorbers. Over time, these rods may become brittle or stretch out completely.

    Things You Will Need

    • Carpenter’s level

    • Tongue-and-groove pliers or adjustable wrench

    • Block of wood

    • Replacement shock absorbers or a suspension rod

    Tip

    Before you level it, make sure the feet are adjusted so that roughly a half an inch of the threads show. If you begin by adjusting the feet such that they are as far out as they can go, there will be no space for further adjustment. Begin with the smallest feasible modification, and then work your way up from there.

    Some washing machines come pre-assembled with rear feet that automatically adjust their position to ensure that the machine is always level. To correct the self-leveling back feet, just tilt the washer so that it faces front and then put it back down.

    While you adjust the height of the feet, you may prop the washer up with a block of wood.

    Warning

    If you are unable to move the washer by yourself due to its weight, you should get assistance. Try not to put undue stress on your back.