This in-depth guide gives you easy-to-follow steps on how to balance Electrolux washers.
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How To Balance Electrolux Washer — Solution
If your Electrolux washing machine is unbalanced, here are the issues to look for…
1. Washer Isn’t Stable
If Electrolux washing machine is unbalanced, the first thing you should do is check to ensure that it sits on an even surface.
Try rocking the machine forwards and backwards a bit to see how much it moves. If you notice a lot of movement, it indicates that the legs are uneven.
Carefully tip the washing machine backwards, then get someone to help you support it. Use a spanner wrench to adjust the legs under the machine as needed.
Set the washing machine back onto the floor, then make sure the appliance is properly balanced using a spirit level tool.
2. Shock Absorbers Have Failed
Your Electrolux washing machine has four shock absorbers mounted at the bottom of the tub. If your washing machine is going out of balance, it could be that the shock absorbers have gone bad.
Take out the front and rear panels of your machine and inspect the shock absorbers for cracks or damage. If the shock absorbers move freely when pushed and pulled, then they have gone bad. Good shock absorbers should have little resistance.
To replace damaged shock absorbers in your in your Electrolux washing machine, read this article.
3. Loose Counter-Weight
If your Electrolux washing machine is going out of balance, the counter-weights at the front of the tub may have gotten loose. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to tighten the counter-weights…
Step 1. In order to prevent any chances of electrocution, make sure to disconnect your washing machine from the outlet before starting this procedure.
Step 2. With someone else to assist you, move the washing machine forwards a bit to get more working space.
Step 3. Take out the screws at the back of the machine holding the top panel to the cabinet using a Philips screwdriver.
Step 4. Lift the top panel off the cabinet, then set it aside. Pull the detergent drawer out of the dispenser, then press the button to release it from the housing.
Step 5. Use your Philips screwdriver to take out the two screws next to the detergent dispenser. Remove the four screws at the top of the front panel.
Step 6. Open the door of your washer. Wedge a flat-blade screwdriver underneath the metal wire around the door boot seal, then pry the wire off (ensure that you do not accidentally puncture the seal.
Step 7. Peel the door boot seal off the front panel. Get someone to help you tip your washing machine backwards and support it. Place a block underneath the front panel.
Step 8. Remove the four screws at the bottom of the front panel. Remove the support from underneath your washer, then set the appliance back onto its feet.
Step 9. Carefully lift the entire front panel off the cabinet, then unplug the two electrical connectors from it. Set the front panel aside.
Step 10. Use a 7/16 inch socket wrench to properly tighten the bolts holding the lower and upper counter-weights to the front of the tub assembly.
Step 11. Once you’ve properly tightened the bolts, plug the wire connectors back into the front panel.
Step 12. Lift the front panel and mount it on the cabinet. With your Philips screwdriver, apply the four screws at the top of the control panel.
Step 13. Carefully tip your washing machine backwards a bit, then tighten the four screws beneath the front panel.
Step 14. Set your washing machine upright, then apply the two screws next to the dispenser opening. Slide the tray back into the dispenser.
Step 15. Snap the top panel onto the front of the cabinet, then tighten the screws at the back using your Philips screwdriver.
Step 16. Open your machine’s door and fit the boot seal around the front panel. With your needle-nosed pliers, loop the retaining band around the door gasket.
Step 17. Plug your washing machine’s power cord back into the electrical outlet, then try running a spin cycle to see if the issue has been fixed.
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4. Faulty Suspension Springs
The suspension springs hook the tub assembly onto the cabinet. If one of the springs goes bad, the tub assembly becomes unbalanced. This ends up causing a lot of problems for your machine.
To check if the suspension springs are damaged, loosen the bolts at the back of the machine holding the top panel, then take the cover off.
Inspect the two suspension springs for rust or damage. You should also ensure that they are properly secured to the cabinet. If the suspension springs are damaged, you’ll need to replace them. Read this article for steps on how to do this.
5. Damaged Vibration Damper
There is a block mounted at the top of the assembly which prevents the machine from shaking excessively. To check if the block is damaged, use your Philips screwdriver to remove the screws holding the top panel.
If you find any cracks or damage to the block, it will need to be replaced. Click here for detailed steps on how to do this.
6. Spider Support Arm Is Broken
Your machine has a spider arm assembly at the back of the inner tub. This arm holds the tub shaft through the drum bearings.
If the spider arm breaks as a result of rust, you’ll need to replace it. Depending on the model of your washing machine, you may actually need to replace the entire inner tub.
Read this article for detailed steps on how to replace this part. Please keep in mind that this repair will take considerable time and effort. It is also advised that you keep someone close-by to assist you.
7. Drum Bearings Have Gone Bad
Your washing machine has bearings installed in the rear half of the inner tub. The bearings help ensure that the inner tub spins evenly and smoothly.
The bearing assembly comes in three parts; the inner bearing, outer bearing, and bearing seal. If the bearing seal gets damaged, water can leak onto the bearings and damage them.
If your washing machine’s bearings get rusted, it will cause your washing machine to go out of balance. To learn how to replace the bearings in your washing machine, read this article.