Leveling Your Washing Machine Can Extend Its Life – Here’s How To Do It

When your washing machine rattles and vibrates excessively while it spins, it's often because the machine isn't level. The concern – other than to your eardrums – is that, over time, this excess vibration will loosen the machine's internal components and cause the appliance to wear out prematurely. The good news is that you can quickly fix this problem with minimal effort, although it does help to have some specialized tools and a strong-armed family member or friend to help you. Here's how to tackle this simple project.

Tools That You'll Need

  • Level: Given that you'll be working to make the washing machine level, a level is a valuable ally for this job. A traditional bubble level or a modern-day digital level are each suitable for the job, but it's best to opt for a level that has a magnetic strip – this will allow it to stay attached to the washing machine's metal exterior while you work.
  • Adjustable wrench: The process of leveling a washing machine involves turning the feet by hand, but you'll occasionally encounter a foot that is stuck. It's beneficial to have an adjustable wrench on hand to loosen any stubborn feet that you encounter.

Steps To Take

  1. The process of leveling a washing machine begins with setting your magnetic level to the top of the machine to determine which corner of the appliance is significantly higher or lower than the others; if the leveling is way off, you'll be able to identify the problematic corner simply by rocking the machine.
  2. Once you've identified the corner that needs to be adjusted, have your strong-armed helper rock the machine forward or backward to expose the adjustable foot. You don't need to have the machine elevated much – just a couple inches of clearance will give you plenty of room to adjust the foot.
  3. Turn the desired foot clockwise or counter-clockwise to shorten or extend it and then have your helper lower the machine back to the floor and consult the level. You may need to try this approach a few times until you have the desired level reading.

Tips And Tricks

If you're having trouble getting the machine level, it could be because the floor of your laundry room isn't perfectly flat. You can often fix this issue by folding a heavy-duty piece of cardboard or using a thin piece of wood and slipping it underneath the corner of the machine that needs to be elevated.

If your washing machine has a more serious issue, visit an appliance repair company like Arnie's Dependable Appliance Repair.