Prevent Stackable Washer Dryer Sets From Vibrating Prevent Stackable Washer Dryer Sets From Vibrating
If a washer dryer is vibrating, it may not be level. If it is not level, not only will it not work correctly, but it can cause serious damage to your machine. The first thing to use a level to ensure that the unit is level on all four sides.
If your washer dryer needs to be level, try adjusting the feet on the bottom of the unit. These are simple screw in feet that can be easily adjustable by hand or with a wrench. Some machines have a space where you can just adjust the feet without taking the machine down. If not, remove the top machine and set to the side. Adjust the screw side to side and then front to back. Use the level to check your adjustments.
Your washer dryer may also jump or vibrate if it is situated on a non-carpeted surface. Get carpet remnants from a local hardware or flooring store. Cut into small 2-by-2 inch squares and place underneath each of the four feet of your machine. If your washer dryer unit is a full contact unit—a unit that can be either side by side or stacked—you can also place 2-by-2 inch squares between your washer and dryer to cushion the space between the machines. Do not put a large carpet piece under the entire washer dryer unit because your machines need room to "breathe" underneath. Also, if there is a flood or leak from your washer, the carpet can become mildewed and it is much easier to replace smaller carpet squares then to have to remove your entire unit to install another carpet piece.
Your other option to keep your stackable washer dryer unit from vibrating is to build a frame to support the unit. Measure the base of one machine on all four sides. Take 3 to 4 inches off of that measurement for the length of your slats. Buy four 1-by-3 inch slats of wood in the length needed for each side of your unit. Nail, screw or glue (using an epoxy, liquid nails or other strong glue) these slats, one on each side of the machine, to the floor as close to the machine as possible to keep them from moving. Be sure to attach on the one inch side so you have the 3-inch side against the side of your machine for more support.
Determining the cause of your washer dryer's vibrations will save time and money and can prevent damage to your machine.