Whirlpool Washer Excessive Noise and Vibration
Whirlpool Washing Machine Drain Pump
If the washer is vibrating or shaking only during the drain cycle, it’s likely that the drain pump is partially obstructed or malfunctioning in some other way. You should inspect the pump for any debris lodged in the ports and replace the component if you suspect it is malfunctioning.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Shock Absorber
One or more of the shock absorbers might be broken or worn out. The shock absorbers dampen the vibration of the washer tub. If one or more of the shock absorbers are worn out, the washer will vibrate or shake. Sometimes, when a washer is moved to another location, the shock absorbers can separate. Check the shock absorbers to ensure that they are positioned correctly, and inspect them for damage and wear. If one or more of the shock absorbers are broken or worn out, we recommend replacing all of the shock absorbers as a preventative measure.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Suspension Rod
One or more of the suspension rods might be broken. The suspension rods help to dampen the movement of the washer tub. If one or more of the suspension rods are broken, the washer will vibrate or shake. To determine if the suspension rods are at fault, check the rods to determine if any of them are broken. If a suspension rod is broken, replace it.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Suspension Spring
One or more of the suspension springs might be broken. The suspension springs help to absorb the movement of the washer tub. If a suspension spring breaks, the tub might become unbalanced, causing it to shake and vibrate during operation. Inspect the suspension springs to determine if any of the springs are broken. If a suspension spring is broken, replace it.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Transmission
If a top-load washer’s inner tub is loose when you try and rotate it by hand, then it’s likely the transmission could be worn out or damaged. Inspect the transmission and replace if necessary.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Counter Balance Spring
One or more of the counterbalance springs might be broken. The counterbalance springs help to absorb the movement of the washer tub. If a spring breaks, the tub might become unbalanced, causing it to shake and vibrate during operation. Inspect the counterbalance springs to determine if any of the springs are broken. If a counterbalance spring is broken, replace it. Additionally, check the frame where the counterbalance springs are attached. If the frame is rusted, replace it.
Machine not Level
If the machine is wobbling when you push on it, the leveling legs will need to be adjusted. Use a level across the top front and top side of the washer and adjust the legs as needed.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Snubber Ring
The snubber ring dampens the vibration of the washer tub. If the snubber ring is cracked or worn out, the washer will vibrate or shake during operation. Inspect the snubber ring for damage. If the snubber ring is cracked or worn out, replace it.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Snubber Pad
The snubber pad dampens the vibration of the washer tub. If the snubber pad is worn out missing, or coated with a sticky substance (such as detergent, fabric softener, or transmission oil), the washer will vibrate or shake during operation. Inspect the snubber pad. If the snubber pad is worn out or missing, replace it.
Washer tub overloaded/unbalanced load
Too many items placed in the washer tub can put a strain on internal washer drive components resulting in vibration or shaking. Mixing heavy items (blankets, rugs) with lighter items (shirts, socks) can throw the tub off-balance when it spins, causing the appliance to vibrate and shake. Wash heavy items separately from light items and avoid overloading the tub by referring to the manufacturer’s recommended washing procedures
Whirlpool Washing Machine Inner Tub
The washing machine’s inner tub rotates within the outer tub during the wash and spin cycles. If the inner tub is loose or noisy when you try to rotate it with your hand, it’s possible the tub is damaged and will need to be replaced. Since this is not a common problem, you should first inspect the transmission and tub bearings to confirm those components are in good condition.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Balance Ring
The balance ring may have lost its fluid. The balance ring sits on top of the inner tub and helps to counter the force of the spin cycle. The balance ring is filled with fluid. This fluid helps to dampen the vibration of the washer. If this fluid leaks out of the balance ring, the washer tub will vibrate and shake during operation. Check the balance to determine if is still filled with fluid. If the balance ring is emptied of fluid, replace it.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Shock Dampening Device
The shock dampening device helps to absorb the movement of the washer tub as it spins. If the shock dampening device is broken, the tub might become unbalanced, causing it to shake and vibrate during the spin cycle. Inspect the shock dampening device to determine if is broken. If the shock dampening device is broken, replace it.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Rear Drum with Bearing
The rear drum has a bearing or bearings in it to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. If the tub bearing system is defective the washer can develop a bad vibration. On some machines bearings are sold separately from the rear drum, however we recommend replacing both the outer drum and bearing as an assembly if the manufacturer offers the components together because removing and pressing in the new bearing can be exceptionally difficult. Be aware that replacing the outer tub and bearing is also not easy and can be very costly.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Basket Drive
The hub or basket drive sits on top of the transmission and engages with the inner tub. If the inner tub is vibrating or shaking, the hub teeth may be stripped. Alternatively, the drive block which engages with the hub teeth may be stripped. Inspect both the hub and the drive block. If the hub teeth and drive block are not worn out, the clutch pads on the basket drive are likely worn out. If the clutch pads are worn out, you must replace the basket drive.
Whirlpool Washing Machine Leveling Leg
Check to see if the washer is level, and adjust the leveling legs if necessary. Always lock the legs in place after adjustment to keep them from getting loose.