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Unbalanced Whirlpool
« on: October 13, 2008, 03:20:15 PM »
Hey.  Sorry if this is a newb question, but I'm new to this.
My washer shakes pretty vigorously during the spin-dry parts of the cycles.  I understand that this is due to something being unbalanced.  I've been trying to figure out what it could be.  It isn't the clothes, I've readjusted them as well as run the washer empty.  I have also leveled the washer carefully.
Where should I go from here?
Also, when I leveled the washer, I noticed the 2 rear support feet were on a type of suspension system.  However, all it really seemed to do was extend the feet an inch or two when I would pick the washer up.  When the washer is resting, the suspension system is fully compressed.  Is this normal?
Thanks for your help and patience.

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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2008, 04:00:36 PM »
The rear leg are self-adjusting. If you lean the machine forward and drop it on the back legs, it will self-adjust to the surface of the floor. If your floor is on beams, the machine will not stay balanced  correctly.


To check the floor for weakness, do the following:

 Balance a nickel coin on its edge on top of the  washer lid or cabinet. Stand in front of the machine and jump into the air and land on the floor in front of the machine. If the coin falls, the floor is not strong enough for the machine.
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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2008, 04:29:13 PM »
The rear leg are self-adjusting. If you lean the machine forward and drop it on the back legs, it will self-adjust to the surface of the floor. If your floor is on beams, the machine will not stay balanced  correctly.


To check the floor for weakness, do the following:

 Balance a nickel coin on its edge on top of the  washer lid or cabinet. Stand in front of the machine and jump into the air and land on the floor in front of the machine. If the coin falls, the floor is not strong enough for the machine.
The floor is concrete (basement).  I did you test anyways, and the nickel didn't budge.  What do you think I should check next?

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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2008, 04:34:22 PM »
How old is the machine, and how many loads a week do you do?
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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2008, 07:40:36 PM »
How old is the machine, and how many loads a week do you do?
its probably 4 years old. i got it used. i do about one load a week. why?

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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2008, 07:46:28 PM »
It makes a difference to someone who understands wear and tear on a machine, that's all. It also affects the advice I give you from here on out.

Since you have confirmed a solid floor, the issue of going off-balance easily could be attributed to the tub support springs or even some glide pads between the tub support and lower frame. It would be best to have a technician look at this for you to keep from doing too much speculation.

Since you got it used, you really have no idea of how hard it has been used in the past by the former owner.

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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2008, 08:41:27 PM »
well the whole point was to not get a tech. all 4 springs are intact, but one looks a little streched. cant check the pads but i will later. is there anything else that coul be causing the problem? im not going to be getting a tech for a 100 dollar washer, so any advice is fine. if i break it, which i doubt i will, its not that big of a deal. im a proficient handyman, so dont be scared thatim getting in over my head

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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2008, 08:56:08 PM »
Your balance ring might be bad.
Check out this previous post by redbeard:
http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=255.0
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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2008, 06:50:06 AM »
Going back to what you said in your first post regarding the rear legs. They should extend when you  pick up the  back of the washer, then stop on an even balance once you set it back down. They  should not fully retract back into the bases again, or something is wrong with the linkage. There are 2 link bars (#6) that connect these legs, as you can see by the pic below. On each foot is a pin (#8) that engages in these links and the pins can shear off causing the legs not to stabilize. After removing the cabinet, inspect the feet and linkage and order the parts you need.


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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2008, 09:10:27 AM »
Number 18 in the picture is them pads that wear out and make the tub all loose.

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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2008, 12:41:00 PM »
Thanks for all the help.  Other things just got a little busy, so this is going to take me a few days to work on.  I'll keep you updated.
Also, this forum is awesome.

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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2008, 01:10:11 PM »
OK, checked the rear legs again.  The spring, both pins, and both link bars seem to be all okay. I set a shim under one leg, and that leg compressed more than the other, so I think they are working allright.

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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2008, 01:25:03 PM »
So what are the chances that I don't have any pads at all? It looks almost like they have been removed...  I'll try to take some pics to show you, but the tubs still on, so its a hard angle.  Let me know what you think.
Thanks again.

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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2008, 02:02:08 PM »
OK, here are the pics.  Looks like just metal on metal, no?

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Re: Unbalanced Whirlpool
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2008, 03:03:27 PM »
Finally, I tilted the balance ring around, and there is still fluid in it.  Is that sufficient?  If not, what should I do to make sure the balance ring is good?

 

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