Have you noticed excessive shaking when you use your Samsung top-load washer? If so, you aren’t alone.
Samsung Electronics America, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, issued a recall of about 2.8 million Samsung top-load washing machines on November 4th, 2016. The recall involves 34 Samsung top-load washing machine models.
The recall was issued after Samsung received reports that the drum in certain Samsung washers became lose, resulting in excessive vibrations that lead to the top separating from the washer chassis. According to Samsung, excessive vibration and top separation is most likely to occur during the high-speed spin cycle used for bedding, water-resistant or bulk items.
Samsung has received 733 reports of machines experiencing excessive vibration or the top detaching, and 9 related reports of injuries ranging from broken jaws to injured shoulders.
How to Check if Your Samsung Washer Qualifies for the 2016 Recall
To ensure the safety of your family, all Samsung top-load washer owners should verify if their washer has been affected by the recall. Front load washers are not affected by this recall.
To verify if your model is included in the recall, locate the model and serial number on the back of the machine. Type the Model and Serial number into the Samsung recall checker here or call Samsung at 866-264-5636 between 8 am and 10 pm (ET), Monday – Sunday to check if your model is affected.
How to Claim the Samsung Washer Recall
If your washer is affected by the recall, you will be offered two options:
- Receive a free in-home repair on your washer. A Samsung Factory Certified technician will reinforce the washer’s top. Customers who choose in-home repair will receive a free 1-year extension on the manufacturer’s warranty, regardless of the age of the machine.
- Receive a rebate that can be applied to a purchase of a new Samsung washer or brand of your choice, plus free installation and removal of the old unit.
If you decide to repair your Samsung washer, be sure to request Lake Appliance Repair as your Factory Authorized Service provider when you schedule your appointment. All requests for service on this recall must be initiated through Samsung. You can reach them toll-free at 866-264-5636 8 am to 10 pm (ET), Monday – Sunday.