Are Washing Machines Supposed to Shake?

Most washing machines are well known for this particular behavior, shaking while operating.

And because of that, some homes only wash when everyone in the house is awake; other than that, the noise from the shaking of the washing machine will forcefully wake you up.

But the question is, is that normal? Are washing machines supposed to shake? Come along with me as I carefully walk you through all you need to grasp about shaking washing machines.

So are washing machines supposed to shake? It is normal to see the washing machine shake during times like when it has a high-speed spin cycle.

Some other factors can also cause the washing machine to shake, but those can be checked and fixed.

Nothing can be done to fix it when the shaking occurs during the high-speed spin cycle since that’s normal.

But with other shaking factors, which include when the washer happens not to find an unstable stand on the ground level, when there’s an unbalanced load in it, and when there’s a fault with some parts of the washer, then attention needs to be given to it.

And where fixing is required, it gets it immediately. If all the above and others I will be mentioning soon have been checked and the shaking insists, it probably means old age is catching up on the washing machine.

Just like other home appliances, using them for many years without adequate maintenance can cause most of its parts to weaken, resulting in many things, including causing a violent shaking of the washer during its usage.

What Can Cause a Washing Machine to Shake?

The shaking of a washing machine can’t be attributed to a single factor. Many factors can cause your washing machine to shake during its usage.

So whenever you notice your washing machine shaking in a way you dislike, the best and first thing is to check and be sure of what’s causing the shaking.

You do justice if you can ascertain the cause and whether it needs to be fixed.

Most of the factors we will look at soon can be checked without technical know-how, so please don’t worry.

And with the ones that need technical attention, you seek the service of a washing machine expert or repairer.

Are Washing Machines Supposed to Shake?
What Can Cause a Washing Machine to Shake?

The shaking of a washing machine can be caused by;

  • High-speed spin cycle
  • Unbalanced load
  • Unstable stand
  • Faulty parts

High-speed spin cycle

The washing machine speed spin is a necessity in the operations of the washing machine.

It’s when the tub spins at high speed during the final cycle of your washing. During this cycle, the washing machine tries to minimize the amount of water in the clothes by squeezing as much water as possible from them.

And the higher the speed of the spin, the drier the clothes become. So when you realize it’s during this cycle that the washing machine shakes, you’ve got nothing to worry your head about and that your washer is in good shape.

And one other thing we need to note about this natural high-speed spin and shaking is that it shouldn’t be too much as well, as it can end up breaking down the washing machine.

So to avoid that, do well to get a washing machine that doesn’t shake too much during the speed spin cycle. You can check this article on what washing machine repairmen recommend.

Unbalanced load

In the operations of the washing machine, there’s a part called the suspension spring, which among other functions, helps suspend the washer tub assembly from its cabinet or stabilize the tub assembly to the washer base.

So the tub becomes unstable and begins to vibrate and shake when the suspension spring breaks.

Its damage can also cause excessive noise from the washing machine during its usage.

After investigation, you realize the shaking of the washing machine results from a damaged suspension spring; then, you replace it to get the issue fixed.

The suspension spring should be checked continuously to see if it’s working fine.

Heavy clothes can also cause an unbalanced load in the washing machine. When washing these heavy clothes in the washer, because of their heaviness, they can end up on one side of the tub, causing the tub to be unbalanced.

And they become heavier as they absorb more water. Overloading and underloading the washing machine can also cause the washing machine to shake during its operations.

If the clothes you intend to wash are few, just wait and add some other ones to wash.

If the clothes are plenty, divide them into either two or three, depending on the quantity, and wash them one after the other. Some high-efficiency washers can detect out-of-balance load.

When detected, the estimated time remaining stops and the code “ul” appears.  The load is redistributed, and the spin cycle gets restarted.

Unstable stand

To safely use your washing machine, always ensure it’s leveled by checking if it does not rock if pushed.

If you notice it rocks when pushed, you can adjust the feet to fit the level from underneath, as most washers have it.

If your washing machine has no feet, just shove something beneath it to level it.

The unlevelled ground will cause the washing machine to shake with the slightest spin.

Faulty parts

Finding or noticing faulty parts on the washing machine will require a professional sight. You will need to hire the service of an expert to have a look at that for you.

Like other home appliances, parts will get damaged or worn out with time. That’s why we are always advised to maintain our appliances regularly.

And when you notice a damaged or worn-out part, replace them as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Also, anytime you notice an irregularity in the operations of the washing machine or any of your home appliances, you should draw the attention of your repairer or an expert to look for you.

Another mistake users of the new washing machines make is that they always refuse to remove the transit bolt before operating the washer.

The transit bolt is placed at the back of the washing machine, mostly when it’s been transported, to prevent the drum from moving.

Transporting the washing machine can cause damage to some internal parts if the drum is not locked.

But once the transport is complete and wants to start using the washing machine, the transit bolt should be removed.

Failure to remove it before usage won’t only cause the washing machine to shake but can also cause severe damage to the internal part of the washer.


There’s nothing wrong with the washing machine if it shakes during the high-speed spin cycle; that’s mostly the final cycle.

That’s the cycle that all water content in the items that have been washed is squeezed out. And in doing so, a high-speed spin is required.

The faster the speed, the drier the items become. Aside from this cycle, when you notice any irregular shake with the washer, it needs to be checked, as several factors can cause the shaking of the washing machine.

The old age of the washer causing its parts to wear out, can also cause the washing machine to shake during its usage.

So to sum it all up, anytime you notice a shake, take your time to find the cause and get it fixed if it isn’t a high-speed spin.

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