If the washing machine vibrates strongly when spinning, nothing good can come of it. At least the loud sounds annoy the housemates and neighbors, but such behavior of the washing machine indicates that there was some kind of malfunction. However, the strong vibration is only consequences. It’s much more important to deal with the causes and fix them before more serious problems arise.

Why Washer is Moving or Shaking

Moving Washer

There may be several reasons for this:

The shipping bolts have not been removed They are necessary to secure the tank of the machine during transport
Washing machines are pretty finicky, they like a perfectly level floor Try rocking the machine with your hands. If it moves, it means that you need to adjust the legs and fix them in the right position
The floor is too smooth and slippery In this case, try placing the machine on a rubberized mat or use anti-slip stickers for the feet
Overloading or uneven distribution of clothes Overloading or uneven distribution of clothes. We recommend stopping the spin, unloading and spreading the laundry over the tank (if overloaded, divide it into two portions) and restart the spinning program

But if there is nothing wrong with the installation of the machine, and the situation with jumping repeats regardless of the volume of the loaded laundry, then unfortunately we are talking about some problem.

Shaking Washer

Generally speaking, any vibrations indicate that some part in the washing machine is out of balance. In this table we have listed the most common causes of washing machine bouncing.

  • Faulty shock absorber or damper: It is necessary to replace shock absorbers. As a rule, there are two, and it is necessary to change both at the same time, so that the load is distributed evenly. Otherwise, the old shock absorber will fail very quickly and you will need the help of a specialist again.
  • Failure of springs: The springs will wear out over time and lose their elasticity. Both springs need to be replaced.
  • Counterweight failure: It is usually made of concrete or plastic. Concrete counterweights can crumble and deteriorate over time. However, much more often there are problems with the attachment of counterweights, they come loose, there is a characteristic knock (and without grinding) and vibration.
  • Bearing failure: At the initial stages, the machine emits an iron grinding; at more severe destruction, it leads to free lateral movement of the shaft with the drum and strong vibration when wringing. Using such a machine is not recommended! If the bearing “breaks” during operation, its splinters can cause serious damage to other units of the machine. The bearing has to be replaced.


Under no circumstances should you attempt to determine the cause of a malfunction or inspect the machine without disconnecting it from the power supply! This could result in an electric shock, which not only endangers your health but also your life. Unqualified intervention can not fix, but only make the situation worse and make it more expensive to have a qualified technician repair it again.

If in doubt of your own abilities – ask for help from a master. It often saves time and, ultimately, money, as an experienced specialist who repairs more than one washing machine every day is able to fix the problem quickly and accurately in one visit.