My Washing Machine Won't Balance the Load

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While having an unbalanced load in your washing machine may not seem like a big deal, it can cause some annoyances. A washing machine that is not balanced is nearly certain to cause loud thumping noises during the spin cycle. Luckily for users with sensitive hearing, balancing a washing machine requires only a few seconds to do. You do not need to perform any electrical or maintenance work to balance a load in your washer.

Balancing the Load

  • Open the washer's lid.

  • Add a couple of similar items to the load if you have placed only one item in the washing machine. Washing a single item, such as a T-shirt or a pair of jeans, is almost certain to cause an imbalance.

  • Remove other items from the washer if you are washing a large, bulky item such as a comforter or large blanket. Large, bulky items should be washed individually.

  • Close the washer and press the "Start" or "Resume" button.

Uneven Feet

  • Place a level on top of the washer to check if the washer's feet are even. If the washer itself is unevenly situated, it could affect the balance of the load. To correct this imbalance, you will need to adjust the washer's feet.

  • Place a wood block under the front or back of the appliance to lift it up.

  • Turn the feet clockwise to make them shorter or counterclockwise to make them longer.

  • Remove the wood block and use the level to check if the washer is now level. Repeat the process if necessary.

Loose Belt

  • Unplug or turn off the power to the washing machine.

  • Remove the back panel from the washer and look for the drive belt. A loosened or damaged drive belt can affect the motion of the washing machine drum, resulting in an unbalanced load.

  • Lay the washer on its side with the help of another person if you cannot see the drive belt from the back. Look for the drive belt from the underneath of the washer.

  • Press on the long part of the drive belt. It should not depress more than 1 inch.

  • Remove the belt and replace it if it depresses more than 1 inch or if it appears worn or frayed.

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