Do not know what hap­pened to your wash­ing machine, because of which it began to jump, vibrate strong­ly and make unchar­ac­ter­is­tic sounds? Per­haps she moved off her legs or became wrong. But also a strong vibra­tion can indi­cate a more seri­ous prob­lem that needs to be fixed imme­di­ate­ly. So that might be caus­ing the noise. Let’s try to fig­ure it out before this prob­lem wors­ens.

Why does the washing machine jump when spinning

how to install a washing machine so that it does not jump

There are a lot of rea­sons why the wash­ing machine jumps and makes loud­er nois­es. Let’s look at what prob­lems can cause a strong vibra­tion of the wash­ing machine:

  • When wash­ing, small objects can get between the drum and the tub, for exam­ple, some­times we can wash things with coins, paper clips, bed linen with pins or small but­tons and fas­ten­ers.
  • If dur­ing instal­la­tion the trans­port bolts were not unscrewed.
  • The laun­dry is incor­rect­ly dis­trib­uted in the drum of the machine (found in old­er mod­els of wash­ing machines).
  • If your motor is bro­ken.
  • The wash­er is not cor­rect­ly installed on the sup­ports.
  • Check to see if the bear­ings are dam­aged.
  • Springs and shock absorbers are faulty or bad­ly worn.
  • Anoth­er rea­son may be a weak­en­ing of the fas­ten­ing or defor­ma­tion of the coun­ter­weight.

See also - The wash­ing machine con­stant­ly draws water and imme­di­ate­ly drains — what to do?


The prob­lems are diverse, and it is very dif­fi­cult to imme­di­ate­ly find out what could cause strong vibra­tions. There­fore, it would be more ratio­nal to exclude, first the sim­plest options, the wash­ing machine rat­tles and shakes. What to do to find out the sim­ple rea­sons why the wash­ing machine jumps dur­ing the spin cycle:

  • Look close­ly to see if the linen is wrapped in a knot, it often hap­pens that small items of cloth­ing are clogged in a duvet cov­er or sweaters.
  • It should be checked whether the amount of laun­dry in the machine exceeds the max­i­mum allow­able. For each wash­ing mode and machine mod­els, dif­fer­ent allow­able indi­ca­tors are pos­si­ble.
  • Noise can occur when things take up more than 2/3 of the drum vol­ume.

In such cas­es, some wash­ing machines are equipped with a spe­cial sen­sor that dis­plays errors of the type: UE or UB.

washing machine jumps during spin cycle what to do

How to install a washing machine so that it does not jump?

Strong vibra­tions can often be caused by incor­rect instal­la­tion or typ­i­cal mis­takes, espe­cial­ly when the equip­ment is installed by non-pro­fes­sion­als or the instal­la­tion is done by your­self. The most typ­i­cal mis­take is the trans­port bolts, which sim­ply for­get to remove or install the device uneven­ly or put it on a slip­pery sur­face (tile), which caus­es stag­ger­ing and, as a result, loud noise.

Why does the wash­ing machine jump when installed incor­rect­ly and what to do:

  • The first step is to remove the trans­port fas­ten­ers. They are installed to fix the drum so that it is not dam­aged dur­ing trans­porta­tion. If they are not removed, the drum will spin, but its wear will be great­ly increased, and the oper­a­tion of the device itself will be accom­pa­nied by strong vibra­tion and bounc­ing.
  • Make sure that the equip­ment is installed strict­ly accord­ing to the lev­el. To do this, you can twist the legs and adjust their height. When spin­ning, the machine enters into res­o­nance and can even move around the room, so it is not rec­om­mend­ed to leave faulty equip­ment in work­ing con­di­tion unat­tend­ed.
  • After the instal­la­tion is com­plet­ed, check if the device is stag­ger­ing. Any, even the slight­est stag­ger, can lead to bounc­ing. If the wash­ing machine stag­gers, then it will have to be lev­eled.

Even if the equip­ment will be installed by pro­fes­sion­als, it is bet­ter to check these nuances your­self to make sure that every­thing is in order. Be sure to test the oper­a­tion after instal­la­tion. Such actions will help you save time on the sub­se­quent re-call of the installers so that they fix the prob­lem and not won­der what to do so that the machine does not make fright­en­ing sounds.

Defective shock absorbers

It is nec­es­sary to inspect the shock absorbers, which serve to mit­i­gate shocks when the drum moves, reduce loads and damp­en vibra­tions. If the unit vibrates a lot or jumps, then the shock absorbers may need to be replaced. Shock absorbers are mount­ed togeth­er with spring mech­a­nisms, but if only shock absorbers are worn out, they can be replaced sep­a­rate­ly, if the springs are out of order, then you will have to change every­thing at once. Over time, shock absorbers wear out, and they can­not be repaired — they must be changed imme­di­ate­ly. Wear can be uneven, but if only one is defec­tive, both shock absorbers must be replaced so that there is a bal­anced load dis­tri­b­u­tion.

vibration when spinning washing machine

Look for small things stuck under the drum. If they are, then you have to get them. For exam­ple, a bone from a bra or a paper clip can be eas­i­ly reached if you pick it up with some­thing, you can make some­thing like a hook, which will be con­ve­nient to pull out small parts. If small­er parts that can­not be reached are stuck, you will have to dis­as­sem­ble the wash­ing machine. To do this, you need to remove the heat­ing ele­ment, drum and some oth­er parts. If you have nev­er dis­as­sem­bled wash­ing machines, then it is bet­ter to call a mas­ter who will do it as quick­ly as pos­si­ble, which will save you a decent amount of time, but most impor­tant­ly, it is safe for equip­ment.

See also — Bra bone got into the wash­ing machine

Problems with mounting counterweights

If the wash­ing machine began to vibrate strong­ly and jump, you need to check the oper­a­tion of the coun­ter­weight. We open the cov­er at the top of the device, for this you may need tools, it will be enough to use keys, a screw­driv­er and pli­ers. We look at the state of the coun­ter­weight, it is a weight­ing agent, which is made of dif­fer­ent mate­ri­als. Such parts are installed at the top and bot­tom of the wash­ing machine. They can be made of con­crete, cast iron, or oth­er heavy mate­r­i­al.
What to do next:

  1. We look at the fas­ten­ers, if they are loose, then you will need to tight­en them.
  2. If you can’t tight­en the fas­ten­ers, you will have to pur­chase and install new ones.
  3. If the weight­ing agent itself is deformed, it is impos­si­ble to do with­out replac­ing it with the same one.

the washing machine during the spin cycle rattles the drum and the machine vibrates

One of the rea­sons why a machine can jump is a bear­ing fail­ure. The replace­ment process is tech­ni­cal­ly com­plex, so it is bet­ter to call a mas­ter who can do this job with high qual­i­ty. If you still want to do it your­self, then you will need more infor­ma­tion about this process, so you can read the cor­re­spond­ing arti­cle about it.

Bearing problem

Bear­ing fail­ures are not uncom­mon. The main rea­sons for the fail­ure of this part are due to the fact that the met­al from which the ele­ments are made breaks down over time due to expo­sure to water. When the bear­ings begin to col­lapse, the oper­a­tion of the appa­ra­tus will first be accom­pa­nied by increased vibra­tion and noise, and then the drum may com­plete­ly jam.

When the bear­ing is just start­ing to break down, it is quite dif­fi­cult to iden­ti­fy prob­lems. Usu­al­ly, pro­fes­sion­als can tell about the wear of a part by sound, but for this you need to have expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge. But when the bear­ing is already bad­ly dam­aged, you can move the drum. When it moves in dif­fer­ent direc­tions, it says that it’s time to call the mas­ter to replace the worn bear­ing.

What can be said in the end? It turns out that the wash­ing machine is a com­plex sys­tem that needs pro­fes­sion­al help to fix tech­ni­cal prob­lems and it is worth con­tact­ing qual­i­fied spe­cial­ists with expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to quick­ly and effec­tive­ly fix the prob­lem.

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