Why is my washing machine making noises or moving around the floor/vibrating?

The old Halloween saying, “Things that go bump in the night,” should not be referring to your washer. If your washing machine is making thumping noises, vibrating sounds, or moving on its own accord, here’s how to fix it.

A heavy wash load may cause some washing machine thumping sounds as a spin cycle starts, but if it continues, your load may be unbalanced. Open the washer and try to balance the load before restarting.

Is your washing machine going bump in the night? Find out what's behind those thumps, bumps and screeches. Photo source: http://www.sxc.hu/

Check to see if the washer is level from front to back, and from side to side. Check to see if the floor beneath the washer is sturdy and stable enough for the fully loaded washer. Is the load unbalanced? If your washer load is unbalanced, stop the washer, even the load out, and restart it.

An unbalanced load is the usual cause of this, but the washing machine leveling legs being extended very far can play into the washer walking around. Many times a front loading washer and dryer just seem to vibrate a lot. There is a fantastic product called Shakeaway that will really reduce washer vibrations and washing machine vibration noise.

If your washing machine starts making a screeching noise and won’t agitate or spin, your washing machine’s drive coupling could need to be replaced. You can purchase one online for your machine’s make and model here.

Other causes of washing machine noises are worn or broken drive belts or pulleys. To replace a drive belt, remove the back panel of the washer, loosen the bolt on the motor bracket and move the motor to put slack in the belt. Remove the old belt and stretch a new one into place on the pulleys. Make sure you have the correct amount of tension in the new belt. Too loose, and the belt will slip off during operation. Too tight and the belt will become hot and smoke or wear out faster. Make sure you have about 1/2 inch deflection when you press on the center of the belt.

Make sure the pulleys are held tightly in place with setscrews. Loose pulleys can cause belts to slip.

Do you need more washing machine repair help? Check out APWagner’s online repair guide for answers to common washing machine problems. Order any parts you need online. Use our model finder to find parts for your washing machine model.

If you have any ideas for future repair help blog posts, please leave them in the comments section of this blog post. Thanks for reading!

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