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Are Washing Machines Supposed to Shake?

It’s normal for a washing machine to vibrate somewhat during the spin cycle, but if it is violently shaking this could mean there is a problem with your machine.

Here are some possible causes of a shaking washing machine.

Washing machine is not level on the ground

The first thing to check is that the washing machine is balanced on the floor.

Check that the washing machine is level on the ground and doesn’t rock when you push it. If one of the corners is too high, you can wedge something under it to level it out.

Sometimes the levelling legs or rubber feet can get worn out. These are on the base of the washing machine.

Unbalanced load

An unbalanced load can cause the washing machine to shake. For example, if you wash a heavy item such as a rug or pair of trainers, these can unbalance the machine.

You can balance the load by adding more items.

Transit bolts not removed

If your washing machine is new, it could be vibrating because transit bolts have not been removed.

The transit bolts are located on the back of the machine and work to stop the drum from moving while the washing machine is in transport.

If you’re using the washing machine and the drum can’t move, that energy will transfer to the rest of the machine and cause it to shake.

If you don’t remove the transit bolts before using the washing machine, you can damage it and void the warranty.

Internal fault

If checking the above three things hasn’t fixed the issue, one of the parts inside your washing machine may have come loose or worn out.

Some internal faults that can cause washing machines to shake include:

  • Shock absorbers weakened or damaged
  • Suspension springs damaged or loose
  • Snubber ring worn out

Unless you’re experienced working with washing machines, you will probably want to get a professional to take a look at your washing machine, or consider buying a new model (see our recommendations here).