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Should a compressor be noisy or vibrate?
by Manage My Life 
April 26th, 2007
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Compressors are not silent when operating. They should run with a monotonous drone. Knocking sounds coming from the compressor are cause for concern. A hum with no background compressor noise may indicate that the compressor is inoperative. No noise at all also indicates that the compressor isn't working.

Scroll-type compressors have a different sound than reciprocating compressors. They have a higher pitched whine. It takes some experience to determine what is typical compressor noise. Some compressors are noisy when new and will break in over time.

Some vibration is common with any compressor. Compressors are mounted on rubber feet to isolate this vibration. Excessive vibration, often accompanied by unusual noise, is a sign of severe problems with the system.

Compressor noise and/or vibration may be the result of -

bad valves, pistons or bearings

a poorly secured compressor (e.g., a broken compressor mount)

slugging (trying to pump liquid Freon or oil)

Unusual noises often indicate imminent failure of the compressor. Excess vibration leads to joint failure in the Freon line connections. This will allow Freon loss which leads to compressor burnout. Internal damage may also be done to the compressor.

Compressor noise can be heard best if you are close to the compressor. Make sure you don't confuse the sound of the outdoor coil fan with compressor noise.

Some people remove the outdoor cover and press the tip of a screwdriver against the shell of the compressor and the base of the screwdriver against the ear drum. This will transmit sounds to your ear without background noise from the fan, allowing a more accurate assessment.

The word Scroll in the data plate will tell you that this is a scroll-type compressor. Make sure you don't misdiagnose the noise that is typical of a scroll compressor as an unusual noise .

Compressors that are slugging may be noisy intermittently. Slugging is the introduction of liquid to the intake side of the compressor. Compressors are not intended to work on liquids. They expect to see a gas. The liquid may be oil or liquid Freon. In either case, slugging is very hard on a compressor.

When the compressor is running, look for evidence of vibration. This can sometimes be seen through the condenser cover or through the coil. Intermittent vibration or vibration which is readily visible may indicate problems. Look at the rubber mounts to make sure they are secure. Don't worry about vibration on startup or shutdown. This is typical. However, a broken mount will show up clearly at startup and shutdown. Where noise levels or vibrations are unusual, recommend further investigation.
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April 26th, 2007
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Water pipes vibrate
by Manage My Life 
September 21st, 2011
Korinna Sierra
It could be low water pressure (below 20 psi). The water lines could be corroded and restricting the water flow. If the water pressure is ok, the most common problem will be a restricted water line or lines. The faucets could also be stopped up and restricting water flow. I recommend having plumber check your water system. I provided you a few link with more information on this issue that may help.

Noise in water pipes

Low hot water pressure
by Korinna Sierra |
September 24th, 2011
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Why does my washer vibrate?
by Manage My Life 
May 2nd, 2008
Tags: Kenmore, Washers
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Without the complete model number I will not be able to give you specific answers but I can give you a few suggestions.

On most 417 front loading washers you should be able to press the stop pad twice in order to cancel the cycle & open the door to re-balance the load.

While the washer is in spin you can place a glass of water on the floor 6-8 inches from the front of the unit, if the floor is weak the water in the glass will splash out.

If the washer is on a pedestal the connecting bolts may need to be tightened. You will need to make sure the leveling legs are properly adjusted & the jam nuts tightened, that information is in the owners manual.

Some 417 front load washer models have new shock kits for vibration issues.

Please resubmit with the complete model & serial number if further assistance is needed.
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May 6th, 2008
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Why does my 921.16477 air compressor vibrate?
by Manage My Life 
January 27th, 2012
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Check the motor mounts and compressor pump mounts to make sure they are secure. If they are, check the belt to make sure there aren't any bad spots in it. If the belt and mounts look good, you can remove the belt from the motor pulley and then start the compressor to see if the vibration is still there. If it is then there is a problem with the motor (likely bearings). If the vibration is not there when only the motor is running then the problem will be something within the compressor pump.

If that looks to be the case, I show this model to have a 1 year warranty and I advise you to contact

Sears Home Services

to make arrangement to have a technician come out and address this situation.

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January 28th, 2012
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Why does my line trimmer vibrate?
by Manage My Life 
June 30th, 2008
Lyle W
Several different problems could cause excessive vibration in a gas line trimmer. Here are some things to check:

Make sure that the line is properly installed and not jammed up. Loose, jammed or improperly installed line can cause vibrations.

Many models have coupler in the shaft. If this coupler is loose or improperly attached, it can also cause vibrations during use.

Make sure that you are using the proper gas/oil mixture in your gas tank. An improper mixture can cause the engine to run rough and vibrate.

If these general tips do not help, resubmit your question with the exact model number of your trimmer for more help with this problem.
by Lyle W |
July 3rd, 2008
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Why does my refrigerator vibrate at the end of a cycle?
by Manage My Life 
January 10th, 2010
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Unfortunately vibration issues are hard to isolate unless you are physically at the unit. I would suggest you pull unit away from the wall and examine it closely while it is operating. Try and determine what is making the vibration noise. I highly recommend calling a service professional to diagnose and repair your appliance.

If you require further assistance please resubmit question with details of the checks you have made. I will be looking forward to helping you again in the near future.
by Manage My Life |
January 11th, 2010
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DANNY SUNG
My washer recently started to vibrate excessively
by DANNY SUNG 
November 24th, 2010
Tags: Kenmore, Washers
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My dryer will not heat up.
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November 26th, 2010
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why does my riding mower vibrate
by Manage My Life 
January 18th, 2011
Tags: Lawn Mowers
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If you are removing the pulley from a mandrel, there is no trick to getting it off. Sometimes the pulley cuts into the star shape on top ot the shaft and won't lift off. Block the blade with a piece of wood to hold the shaft and turn the pulley to free it. It should lift off.
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January 20th, 2011
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What is causing one of my burner switches to vibrate and make humming noise?
by Manage My Life 
December 12th, 2008
Joey S
First, the model number submitted is incomplete. I will not be able to provide any specific part numbers or specific instructions without a complete and valid model number. Your symptom indicates a failure in the burner switch or the wiring.

I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your cook top or resubmit your question with the complete model number for specific instructions.
by Joey S |
December 17th, 2008
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Why does my HE2 front load washer vibrate?
by clara hammerschmidt 
December 5th, 2009
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There are quite a few things to consider when trying to solve a front load washer vibration issue. I have included a check list below that comes included with a kit that can sometimes help with vibration. Vibration in front load washers is an issue that can easily turn into problems for even well trained service personnel.

It is not unusual for a front load washer to vibrate when it ramps up and down from the high speed spin. This vibration can be worse if the unit is not level with all 4 feet on stable flooring. Here are some things to check that may help:

Check to see if the unit is level front to back and side to side. If not, it will need to be leveled.

Push down on opposing corners of the washer to see if it rocks. If it does, then the leveling legs will need to be adjusted to prevent this rocking. All four feet must be firmly on the floor to prevent excessive vibration.

Unstable flooring under the washer can cause vibration. To determine whether the flooring is causing the vibration, place a glass of water on the floor in front of the washer when it goes into the high speed spin with a normal load of laundry. If the water in the glass shows ripples during the high speed spin, then the flooring under the washer is contributing to the washer vibration. In extreme circumstances, the washer may need to be placed on top of a 3/4" sheet of plywood that is firmly fastened to flooring joists to eliminate or minimize this type of vibration being caused by unstable flooring.

If the washer is just vibrating during the ramp up or ramp down of the high speed spin, it could be normal depending on the flooring under the washer.

For more specific help with this problem, resubmit your question with additional details and the full model number of your washer.

If you would like to purchase the kit the images below come with, click on the following link.

Sears Parts Direct
by Manage My Life |
December 7th, 2009
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