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Appliance Repair Blog

Samsung Top Load Washer Unbalanced During Spin

Posted on March 30, 2016

Some Samsung top loading washing machine models that are experiencing a UE or DC error code or the washing machine is unbalanced during the spin cycle should upgrade the suspension damper rod assemblies to a new improved design.  Each washing machine uses four suspension damper rod assemblies, one for each corner of the washer.  Please use the chart below with the model number and manufacture date to determine if you need the new suspension dampers.

Old suspension damper assemblies are 4.93mm and the new one suspension damper assemblies are 6.50mm

suspension rod new vs old

Model Production Month Old Damper New Damper
WA456DRHDWR/AA All Production Through Jan, 2015 DC97-16350E DC97-05280W (PD00023778)
WA456DRHDSU/AA All Production Through Jan, 2015 DC97-16350E DC97-05280W (PD00023778)
WA400PJHDWR/AA All Production Through Jan, 2015 DC97-16350C DC97-05280W (PD00023778)
WA422PRHDWR/AA All Production Through Jan, 2015 DC97-16350C DC97-05280W (PD00023778)
WA45H7200AW/A2 All Production Through Jan, 2015 DC97-16350E DC97-05280W (PD00023778)
WA45H7200AP/A2 All Production Through Jan, 2015 DC97-16350E DC97-05280W (PD00023778)
WA45H7000AW/A2 All Production Through Jan, 2015 DC97-16350E DC97-05280W (PD00023778)

The model and serial number tag is normally located on the top back console of the washer, and it will list the model number, serial number, and manufacture date. The manufacture date is listed in the format of YYYY.MM (ex: 2012.06). Below is an example model and serial number tag to show where the manufacture date is located.
tag

The serial number can also be decoded using the chart below to determine the manufacture date.
samsung serial decode

If you need to purchase a new suspension rod, please click the link below to purchase this part from our online store:

Damper Rod Assembly – Part # PD00023778 (mfg # DC97-05280W)

8 Thoughts on "Samsung Top Load Washer Unbalanced During Spin"

  1. Douglas Kuhn Posted on September 6, 2018

    Easy fix that is way cheaper than buying a new washer. Glad I stumbled across this post!

    • Daniel Pantoja Posted on September 14, 2018

      How many did you replace? 1 or 4?

      • Craig Posted on June 12, 2019

        I did 4 but the problem is still happening.

        • Paul Posted on July 19, 2019

          Same did all 4 rods and then MEMS sensor. Same DC error, even with empty load.

  2. Chip Knowles Posted on October 5, 2019

    I replaced four with no improvement. I removed the agitator and found that the large left hand threaded nut that secures the drum to the splined shaft was cracked and loose. Once I replaced that the problem was solved.

    • Rick Posted on October 15, 2019

      I am fascinated by your post.. I had 4 rods replaced under warranty and less than 60 days later the drum is off center and moving too freely. Tech says drum needs replaced but I was suspicious since he did not get “into” the machine.
      Can you please confirm the model of your machine and further describe the nut you replaced.
      Thanks

  3. Mario Posted on October 12, 2019

    I have a Samsung Washer top load model WA50M7450AP/A4 Serial 0EPQ5DDJ406475A and need to know if your dampers are compatible with my washer

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