How to Level a Front-Loader Washer

Front-loading washing machines have four adjustable legs that can be raised and lowered to ensure that the machine is level. It is important to level the washing machine upon installation to ensure that the water and weight is evenly distributed. If the washer is unlevel, the wash cycles may not run properly or the washing machine may move during the spin cycle. Because of the weight of front-loading washing machines, it is recommended that a strong, able-bodied individual assist you with the levelling process.

Unplug the washing machine's power cable or turn off the circuit in your fuse box.

Place a level on a flat portion of the top of the washing machine to determine which legs must be adjusted.

Loosen the nut securing the washing machine leg using the adjustable wrench. The leg will not move when the nut is released; rather, the nut prevents the leg from screwing further in or out of the washing machine.

Tilt the washing machine so that the leg that you are adjusting is off the ground.

Turn the leg clockwise to lower it and counterclockwise to raise it. Ideally, all legs will have approximately 1/2 inch of threading visible.

Place the level on the flat surface again to check the level of the washing machine. If the machine is still not level, repeat the process with the other legs or readjust the leg that was adjusted.

Retighten the nut that secures the washer's leg, using the adjustable wrench, so that it is tight against the bottom of the washer, then restore power to the washer to complete the adjustment.

Things You'll Need

  • Level
  • Adjustable wrench
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Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.