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Offline dirtrider180

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Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« on: February 28, 2010, 05:11:09 PM »

My Maytag frontload MAH8700AWW is always vibrating like crazy during the spin cycle.  Even if I only do a 1/2 load.  If I put it on the maximum spin speed the tub shakes so much it sounds like it is hitting something.  Also I noticed the rust as seen in the pictures on the door hinges, around the door opening near the gasket, and down the bottom front.  Is this to do with the vibrating or something different??

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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2010, 10:16:19 PM »
In *most* cases the corrosion/rust is from bleach splashing from the dispenser tray during the spin cycle.

Vibration & shaking causes this.

A little background on this washer...

This is a Samsung-built washer that replaced the problem-plagued 1996-2004 Maytag Neptune front load washers.

It is similar to the Samsung WF 306 model washers. These were the older model Samsung washers that did NOT have the superb VRT feature (double balance rings).

In many cases--even when this washer (8700 model) was used on a concrete floor--it would shake/vibrate/walk terribly.
No repair solution was offered at the time and I am still unaware of any method for a correction.

Fortunately--all non-VRT models are no longer sold. All current Samsung washers from 2008 forward do not have this problem.

Oddly enough--the 2004 Maytag Neptune front load washer finally had the door lock problem resolved which eliminated the infamous "R11" Main Board failures. This was the last achilles heel of the original Neptune FL washer. Sometimes the decisions made by manufacturers defies logic.

Today--the Maytag front load washer is called "Epic" and this washer is really a re-badged Whirlpool Duet front loader.


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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010, 06:28:49 AM »
Here's something that will help:

Service Update For MAH8700
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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2010, 11:39:45 AM »
Here's something that will help:

Service Update For MAH8700


This (bulletin) did NOT resolve the problem of shakes/vibration/walking & noise. Much time & effort was wasted by servicers attempting to correct problems for customers that owned the pre-VRT Samsung and Maytag-branded washers.

The introduction of an all-new system in subsequent Samsung model
washers---to eliminate this condition *did* succeed.
Vibration Reduction Technology (VRT)

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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2010, 02:15:28 PM »
I hate to dispute you, but as a Maytag Factory service tech, there was indeed some improvement in the field, also from the changes Samsung made to the  control boards which came with a vibration sensor in the kit after 2005
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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2010, 06:42:32 PM »
Perfectly fine to disagree.

My customers would adamantly beg to differ as to whether or not the "corrections" offered by Maytag/Samsung were a success.

The addition of a *motion sensor* was utterly useless and has also been tried on the LG front load washers as well. Motion sensors simply provide data to the main board when a condition (excessive shaking) has been met. The tub will stop spinning and begin tumbling clockwise & counter-clockwise slowly to re-distribute the laundry load. Another run at high speed spin is attempted but fails again and again until the main board defaults and ends the cycle.
Other manufacturers simply programmed the spinning tub to reduce the spin-RPM if excessive shaking occurs.
None of this addresses the root cause--balance dynamics.
The addition of one or more tub balance rings allowed for physically *cancelling out* vibration rather than using software to detect the imbalance condition and then react to it.

As a Samsung warranty servicer:)--I can state quite confidently that the Samsung VRT system is the **best** system available today.

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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2010, 09:42:48 PM »
I opened up the top and watched it during the spin cycle and the tub is vibrating moving around like crazy.

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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2010, 10:17:25 PM »
I opened up the top and watched it during the spin cycle and the tub is vibrating moving around like crazy.

Front load washer tubs normally gyrate a lot during the spin cycle.

Unfortunately your washer is wobbling excessively--and this causes the entire cabinet to shake/walk/rumble/bang around.

Many of these Samsung-built Maytag front load washers shook uncontrollably on concrete floors even with NO laundry in the tub.

The ONLY alternative that works best for your washer is to buy "ShakeAway Pads".
These are available at Lowes or Home Depot.
The four dense rubber blocks are placed under each leg of the washer---and while this does *not* stop the shaking--it will stop the walking of the washer and reduce the noise of the spin cycle.

I think it is important to keep in mind that although a Technical Service Bulletin was published acknowledging this problem and offering a course of action to remedy the problem--it fell short.
In many brands and types of appliances--Technical Service Bulletins are written almost every month.
About 10 percent of these bulletins fail to adequately resolve a problem with a product.
In some cases 4 or 5 bulletins will be issued for the same problem until a genuine solution has been found.
In the case of the Samsung-built front load washers--Maytag went bankrupt and Whirlpool bought Maytag.
After just two years--the Samung front load washer and the *name* Neptune were discontinued. Everything relating to this washer became moot.
The new Maytag Epic front load washer was introduced. This washer is a Whirlpool Duet with a new name.
Samsung no longer had a reason to keep posting bulletins on the now discontinued model--but *did* have to address the shaking problems in their own brand of washer.
In 2008--the VRT was introduced. This system didn't "make some improvement" with vibration--it KILLED it. No more shakes on wood or concrete floors. It's that good.


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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2010, 10:59:26 PM »
Could the dampers be bad.  How would you check?

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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2010, 11:11:37 PM »
Could the dampers be bad.  How would you check?

The damper struts are likely worn from the excessive shaking. Replacing the struts will not resolve the problem--although this may offer a small improvement.
I'd try the ShakeAway pads--at least the entire home (if the laundry room is a wood floor) won't feel as though it's coming apart one nail at a time.

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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2010, 02:13:34 AM »
Samsung has not been in the laundry business very long, so  let's not get all carried away with their VRT design. It may be an improvement, but if something needs ShakeAway pads, there's a problem. I would not have a Samsung product in my home due to their utterly laughable stab at making refrigerators that were miserable to work on, not to mention their first attempts with washers. Yes, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once n awhile...Samsung ain't all that...same goes for LG and all the other copycats of the world.
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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2010, 07:21:22 AM »
<<<< if something needs ShakeAway pads, there's a problem.>>>>

Problem solved.

Pre 2008 Samsung: Shakes likes crazy.

2008 & newer Samsung: Silky smooth spin performance on wood
                                 flooring. The results are undeniable.
                   

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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2010, 11:19:01 AM »
Now if we can just get them squared away with decent parts distribution, they might gain foothold.  LG too for that matter.
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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2010, 12:21:59 PM »
Now if we can just get them squared away with decent parts distribution, they might gain foothold.  LG too for that matter.

I agree that parts availability (and information) should be better for the non-authorized servicer.
Long before I began warranty service---I always had the same problem getting just the technical assistance from ANY manufacturer. Some manufacturers prefer to keep all parts and service controlled "in house". Miele is a perfect example of this.

Other brands such as Bertazzoni/Diva de Provence only deal with *distributors* for sales/parts/service arrangements.

LG & Samsung are already firmly established and growing at a phenomenal pace. Market-share keeps increasing in the US.

LG is sold through:

1) Home Depot/2244 stores

2) Sears-KMart/3519 stores

3) Best Buy/1382 stores

That's 7145 retail outlets nationwide--and this does *not* take into account other medium sized retailers such as HH Gregg/PC Richards/Boscovs etc.


Samsung has Lowes/Sears/BestBuy and nearly an equal number to LGs retailer portfolio.

I don't know much more of a "foothold" they can get.

The dilemma for the appliance servicer is that it's sink or swim proposition as far the future is concerned.

We can reminisce about the "old days" when appliances were simpler or we can face reality and make a commitment as independent servicers to adapt to the digital age.


 
 
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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2010, 01:26:58 PM »
If someone buys an appliance they can't get fixed they won't buy another. I tell my customers to stay away from these manufacturers because of this.

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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2010, 02:56:43 PM »
I agree Mr Fixit, Delicate control boards needs to be handled using grounding straps and rubber gloves. Today's pros must constantly review and update their skills using the very latest bulletins and service pointers. These service pointers and bulletins are rarely seen by consumers. It is best to consult a pro when taking on devises which require expensive electronics.
One way to avoid this trap is to purchase reliable mechanical products which operate on sound principles and last for years and years. I would be willing to pay more for an old style appliance than any newer hunk of junk from overseas. If I could I would open a factory and build tried and true appliances. I know I would have a market in today's current inventory of sorry, faulty, poorly regulated electronics. Which not only are expensive and ill designed but constantly tax the well being of our society and should be investigated. Times are tough and money is tight, and while these newer appliances may look pretty, buyer beware.
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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2010, 04:54:31 PM »
Is this a forum to expand knowledge or to attack & criticize technology with a broad brush?

Technology never stands still--consumers ARE purchasing frontloaders/dishwashers/refrigerators/dryers/ranges with digital electronics.

What would the reaction be if I kept posting a rant about returning to the wringer washer instead?

ElectroMechanical controls are fast-fading gentlemen.


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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2010, 06:06:08 PM »
 I'm all for going back to the wringer washer. Less parts inventory and 100 percent Made In America

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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2010, 06:24:09 PM »
Amen
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Re: Washer vibrating too much during spin cycle
« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2010, 07:04:20 PM »
Wow.
I'm obviously on the wrong forum.