We have a Hotpoint front loader that seems to have developed excessive
vibration during the spin cycle when a normal load is being washed.
With no load and the machine set to spin at its max 1200 RPM the washer is
There is no excessive movement when you move the drum by hand so the
bearings seem fine.
The washer has an auto balance feature that I'm not sure how to check
Anyone have any ideas on how to troubleshoot vibration probs ?
These things do vibrate a bit. The FLs at the laundromat are bolted to
the foundation or steel rails, so they don't shake, but your's has
shocks so the drum can shake about. A load with a single heavy item
like a towel (heavy due to the amount of water retained) and other
small items will cause some alarming shaking. It should be OK as long
as it isn't hitting the cabinet too much or too hard.
On an LG model, there's a ball that is centered when it isn't
vibrating too much. When the ball moves around too much, there's a
light that's able to shine through, and that's how it knows. Well,
that's what I remember from the manual that the service person showed
me. You should have someone who works with that model a lot look at
it. It's probably within spec.
Thanks for the advice, the machine has just started to vibrate over the last
2 cycles, I will check that its level but thought with such a change ie one
day normal the next vibration that something has *snapped* .
Found the problem... :-(
The heater unit on top of the drum is fastened to the drum via a metal plate
and 4 screws.
1 screw missing , 1 loose , the holes in the metal plate on the other side
had become detached due to metal fatigue
the fan that moves hot air around the drum had become misaligned due to
another screw that had vibrated out , the blade of the fan had been catching
the drum for some time. need to find a scrapper washing machine
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