How do I tell if my washer suspension springs are bad?

My washer has been making some odd sounds recently. Before I start taking things apart, how do I tell if my washer suspension springs are bad?

Bonnie Stinson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
How to tell if washer suspension springs are bad is an off-balance machine that shakes and clunks when running.
Springs are supposed to reduce the motion of your machine and facilitate a better wash. So, a broken spring would cause the machine to shake and make noises during a spin cycle! You may even notice that the appliance is slightly off-balance or in a different position than when you hit the Start button.
Get your washer inspected and repaired immediately, as soon as you notice this. An off-balance washer can cause rapid and unnecessary damage to other parts.
Remember to replace all suspension springs simultaneously, as they usually wear out at the same rate. If your appliance is under warranty, you may be able to get the repair covered. Check your policy before you call the repair person.
Generally speaking, homeowners and renters policies do not cover appliance repairs. They only cover damage caused by faulty appliances that have nothing to do with wear and tear.
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