Simple washer maintenance
Does your washer wobble excessively when spinning? The cause may be an unevenly distributed load, often a large item that has wadded up to one side. Just stop the washer and redistribute the clothes for better balance.
Ordinary washer vibration can cause a machine to move and become unlevel and noisy. Periodically stop the water while the machine is filling and see if the water is even with a row of holes around the tub diameter. You can level most washers as you do refrigerators.
If a washer that is level produces excess vibration and noise, open the top of the washer and check the snubber assembly, a device that absorbs vibration. Look for a loose or broken spring. Clean and lightly sand the friction pad if the snubber sticks to the pad’s surface. If necessary, replace the pad.
CAUTION: Unplug your washer before attempting to make any repair.
Disconnect hoses if you have to move the washer.
To open the top on most washers, cover a putty knife blade with masking tape and slide it into the joint between the top and the cabinet about 2 1⁄2 – inches in from the edge. Then push to release a clip. Repeat at the other corner and raise the hinged top. When opening the top of a washer, be sure to release any hoses that are attached to the top.
When replacing a washer’s drain hose, you will find it easier to put on the new hose if you replace the spring hose clamps with worm-drive hose clams. Just be careful not to overtighten the new clamp.