How to Troubleshoot a Wobbly Clothes Washer Tub


When a washing machine begins to wobble it is an indication that an adjustment of some sort will need to be made. A wobble is caused by a washing machine that is out of balance or is not sitting level on the floor. Troubleshoot a wobbly clothes washer tub by first observing the washer during a normal wash cycle. You can then make a few adjustments to fix the problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Level

Adjust the Washer

  • Balance the load in the washer. Open the lid and separate the clothes if they are bunched up on one side of the drum. Clothes that are bunched up will cause the drum to hit the inside of the washer, causing it to wobble, during the rinse cycle.

  • Take off the support legs, if any are attached, that were used to raise the washer up off the floor.

  • Set the washer on the floor and then run it again. If the washer does not wobble then the support legs or pedestal were not rigid enough to keep the washer stationary during the wash cycle.

Level the Washer

  • Place a level on top of the washer and see if the unit is sitting level on the floor. Set the level going left to right and from front to back.

  • Read the level and see where the bubble is located. If the bubble is in-between the two lines, the washer is level on the floor.

  • Lift up the end of the level on the side where the bubble is past the line. Stop lifting when the bubble indicates level. The gap between the level and the top of the washer is how far off of level the washer is.

  • Turn the adjustable legs on the front and back of the washer to raise or lower the washer to make it level on the floor.

  • Run the washer again to see if it still has a wobble.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use shims to level the washer if the legs are not adjustable.

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