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Why does my Frigidaire washer model GLTF2940F vibrate so badly that my whole house shakes?

I have a Frigidaire model GLTF2940F washer with a dryer on top that shakes my entire house so much that I can't use it. It is level as far as I can tell.

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Fred M
You don't indicate whether this is a new problem or if it has always done this. Shaking the whole house can be caused by several things.

If the washer is new then make sure the shipping materials has all been removed. See the first image below for a picture of all the shipping bolts and supports that must be removed.

Here are some additional things to check to minimize movement and vibration in a front load washer:

Make sure that the washer is level with all four feet firmly on the floor. Push down on opposing corners to check for play. If the washer rocks and moves from side to side then you will need to adjust the leveling feet.

Check the stability of the flooring under the washer if it is not on a concrete slab. Unstable flooring can cause vibration. Place a nearly full glass of water on the floor about 6" in front of the washer to test the flooring stability. Start a high speed spin with a medium load of wet laundry in the washer. If the water in the glass shows ripples or shakes out of the glass, then the flooring is unstable and is contributing to the vibration.

Do not overload or under load the washer. If you wash a small load, you may need to add a towel or two in order to stabilize the washer during the high speed spin.

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 are tightened. That information is in the owner’s manual.

There may be physical damage to the washer. A violent shaking can be caused by damaged tub supports or by damaged shocks. I am including images below to show you how to take the bottom access panel off so that you can take a look at the shocks.

Be sure to unplug the washer from power.

You will not be able to check the suspension springs and rear tub support because the dryer is on top of the washer.

A failure of the tub support or shocks may be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. Refer to your owner's manual for specific information on the warranty.

If you don't have an owner's manual then here is a link to one:

Owner's Manual

. The installation guide may be helpful for this problem so here is link to it:

Installation Guide

by Fred M Earned 4,280 community points in Washers
February 17th, 2009
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