Excessive vibration is one of the common complaints about front load washers. The vibrations occur due to the high revolutions per minute (rpm) of front load washers. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce much of the vibrations associated with front load washers.
The more solid the floor, the less the vibration of front load washers matters. Therefore, the second floor is less than ideal for front load washers as the second floor is often less sturdy than the basement or the first floor of a home.
Shipping bolts are added to front load washers to keep things in place during shipping. Failure to remove the shipping bolts results in excessive vibration of front load washers.
Rubber pads made specifically for the purpose of reducing the vibration of front load washers can be purchased at home improvement stores. The pads cost between $30 and $40. There are mixed reviews on the effectiveness of the rubber pads.
Thick plywood can be screwed into the floor to make the floor more sturdy. After installing the plywood, cut a hole into the plywood to accommodate each of the washer's four feet. Though this will not eliminate the vibration, it will keep the washer from "walking" across the room.
The type of floor a front load washer is placed on makes a difference when it comes to the noise and vibration level of front load washers. Placing front load washers on concrete floors such as those found in a basement or garage often reduces the amount of vibration and noise. Simply moving the front load washer to the basement or garage may be all that is needed to cut back on the amount of vibration and resulting noise.
If moving the washer to a basement or garage with concrete floors is not an option, concrete pads, which can be purchased at lumber yards, can be placed beneath the washer to provide more stability.
It's vital for front load washers to be placed on floors that are level. Because not all floors are level, many front load washers contain leveling feet that can be adjusted up or down. After observing which part of the washer (front, back, right or left) vibrates the most, adjust the leveling feet up or down to see if that reduces the amount of vibration.
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