The washing machine wobbles

Most washing machines work their entire life without complaining or problems. But once it comes to difficulties with the washing machine, they are usually very typical occurrences. The wobble of the washing machine is such an effect. Why a washing machine can wobble, we have summarized below for you.

The tasks of a washing machine

Washing machines represent a tremendous benefit in terms of comfort, considering how cumbersome washing was only a few decades ago. Washing machines take over several tasks:

  • water inlet
  • Washing (washing the laundry by rotating the drum in both directions)
  • fling

In addition, depending on the selected program, even gentle washing or prewashing, as well as washing at different temperatures.

Turning the drum

But whether washing or spinning - one of the core tasks of the washing machine is turning the drum. While the drum moves rather leisurely during washing, speeds of more than 1,600 rpm are achieved during spinning.

Centrifugal forces arise

This centrifugal force begins. With correspondingly fast rotation, the weight that is rotated multiplies - up to seven times. This means that a washing machine must be able to withstand weights of 50 kg and more.

Measures against the resulting imbalances

Now the laundry is always unevenly distributed in the washing machine. In addition, all laundry items have different weights. As a result, imbalances arise as a result. This is of course known and equipped accordingly are washing machines. Different techniques are used to compensate for possible imbalances:

  • great weight for stabilizing
  • several small imbalance stabilization weights on the drum
  • Shock absorbers and sanding jaws for stabilizing the drum
  • Springs on which the drum is suspended
  • Sensors that detect the imbalance on the drum and relocate the laundry
  • Stand for aligning the washing machine

The washing machine does not always have to wobble because of an imbalance

In rare cases, the washing machine may wobble if there is a defect in the springs, dampers or grinding and brake shoes. However, then usually a uniform noise (knocking) is associated with the washing or spinning. If the washing machine makes noises, an imbalance is more likely to be ruled out.

The wobbling can be a hiking

On the other hand, the wobbling of the washing machine can be so bad that it literally wanders. Then clearly there is a problem that has to do with the imbalances. But it does not necessarily have a defect in a component of the washing machine.

Causes when the washing machine wobbles

It may also be that the washing machine is loaded incorrectly. For example, if the washing machine is too full, the allowable weight of the washing machine is exceeded. However, the corresponding components are not designed for this purpose.

Even a single piece of laundry can be responsible

It may also be that your washing machine is not full enough. Often, certain textiles such as wool are washed individually to protect them especially. Of course, a single piece of laundry can not be evenly distributed in the drum. In addition, wool sucks extremely full of water. This creates a particularly large imbalance.

Tips & Tricks

Especially when washing a single piece of laundry but can still enter another effect. The washing machine does not necessarily start to wobble. Instead, your washing machine may not start the spin program at all. The unbalance sensors try to balance the weight by turning the drum back and forth several times. However, the weight of a part can not be distributed. Then the washing machine either starts again and again with the compensation attempt or switches off.

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