Washer Moves Around When Running On Spin Cycle – How To Stop?

My washing machine moves around when trying to wash clothes. I have a new front load washing machine made by Samsung. When the washer gets to the spin cycle, the machine is moving around on the floor and making a banging sound. The washer shakes and vibrates so badly that I have to shut it off. I cannot wash my clothes. I am guessing something is out of balance. Could it be the floor or the washer? What can I do to stop the washer from shaking and moving?

Washer Moves Around When Running On Spin Cycle


New Washing Machine Moving And Shaking?

If you have a new washing machine, the most probable reason the washer is moving around or shaking is the leveling legs are not adjusted properly. Level the legs at the bottom of the washer to keep the washer level and stop the “washer moving around”. If the washer is level, the washer may just be overloaded causing an imbalance.

You may need to do some simple troubleshooting to find the issue if the washer is level. These tips will show you what to check to fix the problem yourself. Parts and components may need to be removed and replaced. Remember to always unplug the appliance before working on it.

Models Affected:

GTW220, GTW460, GTW485, GTW680, HTW200, MTW200, GTW330, GTW465, GTW490, HTW240

Replace all 4 production leveling legs with a new redesigned leg. The redesigned leveling legs come in a 4 pack, part number WG04L05949.  Ensure the washer is level. Running a drain and spin cycle will spin the washer up to full speed quickly to confirm reduced vibration. 

Leveling Legs 4-Pack WG04L05949


How To Stop A Washing Machine That Moves Around?

Most common reason a washer moves around
Washing machine is not level – A shaking/vibrating washer is most commonly caused by the washer not being level. If the washer is slightly tilted to one side, the washer can shake and move around when running the spin cycle. There may be missing or damaged leveling legs.

How To Level A Washing Machine?

Put a level on top of the washer to identify if the washer is properly leveled. If the washer is not level, simply raise or lower the leveling legs on the bottom of the washer to level it properly. You can also hold the top of the washer and gently rock it back and forth. This will give you an idea of where the washer is out of balance. You can then raise or lower the leveling legs to secure the washer in a level position. Be sure the leveling legs still have the rubber on the bottom and is intact to reduce vibration. Some legs have rubber and others have a plastic material. If this material is damaged or missing, the washer will be more likely to vibrate or move around. Adjust or replace the leveling legs as needed.

What Else Causes A Washer To Move Around?

1. Washer leveling legs are missing or damaged
2. The floor the washer sits on is not level
3. Washing machine is overloaded and causing an imbalance
4. Shock absorber is missing or faulty (Front loaders)
5. Suspension springs is missing or not working properly (Top loaders)
6. Tub dampening strap is missing or broken (Top loaders)
7. Snubber ring/Damper pad is worn out


Washing machine damper locationsCheck shocks and or dampers for damage
Front Load Washer Shocks/Dampers Location

How To Stop A Washer From Moving Around?

1. Washer Leveling Legs Missing Or Damaged
When the washer leveling legs are missing or damaged, they will need to be replaced. Check at the bottom of the washer for the legs. If they are damaged in any way (not threading up or down) replace them. Inspect the rubber padding under the leveling legs to see if the rubber is worn out or missing. If the rubber or legs are missing, replace the legs to allow the washer to be properly leveled.

2. Floor Not Level
The washer needs a level floor to run properly. Lay a level on the floor to see if the floor is causing the shaking. If the floor is not level, move the washer to a different area where the floor is level.

3. Washer Overloaded
Do not overload the washer with clothing. When the washer has excess clothing in a wash cycle, the clothing can offset the washer and cause an imbalance. This imbalance can cause the washer to shake violently or move around.

4. Shock Absorber/Springs Damaged Or Missing
If the shock absorbers or springs are missing or damaged, wash loads will not be balanced. This causes the washer to shake and move around. Remove the washer panel and check to see if the shock absorber or springs are damaged or missing. If found to be damaged or missing, replace all of the shocks/springs.


Everything Is Level and It Still Vibrates. Now What?

If the washer continues to vibrate and you've made sure it is level, rule out these problems:

  • Check the laundry room floor. If you have had problems with leaks, the flooring, subflooring or floor braces may have developed rot and need to be replaced. This is especially important for second-floor laundry room installations. If repairs can't be made immediately, create a more stable floor with a 5/8th-inch sheet of plywood under both the washer and dryer.
  • Double check that all of the screws are tight on the stacking kit or storage bases. They may have wriggled loose over time and are allowing the machines to vibrate.
  • Load the washer correctly. If you are washing a large comforter, add some towels to balance the load. If you are washing pillows, always wash in pairs to provide balance.
  • If replacing the washer, choose one with anti-vibration and noise reduction features. This is especially important if the washer will be located near bedrooms or a family area.


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