If your washing machine is rocking or even moving across the floor as if it were alive, fear not — a slight adjustment to the legs can take care of that. Even the most expensive washing machine models rock if the machine is on an uneven surface or if the feet are not level. Over time, a once-level machine may need readjustment. Unbalanced laundry loads, such as wet, heavy jeans bunched up on one side of the machine during a spin cycle, rock the machine and may cause it to become unstable. This can also happen if the machine is moved from a level spot, if the floor beneath the machine is uneven.
- Hold a level on the top of the washing machine near the front, noting the bubble position in the level. Lift the left or right side of the level until the bubble is in the center (level) position. If the right side of the level is raised to equal a level position, the right front foot of the washing machine is the one to raise. If the left side of the level is lifted to get a level reading, the left leg is the one to raise.
- Place a scrap wood block in front of the washing machine, nearer the side that needs to be raised. Press one end of the pry bar down under the front of the machine, using the wood block as a fulcrum to lift the machine slightly on the side which needs adjusting.
- Turn the foot pad counterclockwise to lengthen it to level length. If it will not turn, loosen the lock nut at the top of the foot with a wrench first, then adjust the foot. Tighten the lock nut with a wrench.
- Check the machine again with a level placed on top of the unit near the front, readjusting the feet as necessary.
- Reposition the level so it lies from front to back on the top of the washing machine, noting the bubble position. If the machine is not level from front to back, lift the back of the machine slightly by pushing it forward with your hand. Tap the back feet gently with your shoe or the pry bar. Set the machine back down and recheck the level. If it is still not level, adjust both front feet as in Steps 2 and 3 until the machine is level from side to side and front to back.
Things You Will Need
- Scrap wood block
- Pry bar
- Position the level resting on its skinny long side to get accurate readings.
- When loading a top-loading washing machine, position the laundry evenly within the machine. This will help prevent uneven loads and rocking.
- If the front legs are already quite long on the washing machine, lower them instead of lengthening them to achieve a level machine.
- If you find it awkward to hold up the washing machine with one hand and turn the foot screw with another, enlist the help of a friend. You could also prop up a corner of the machine with a scrap of wood, but remember not to leave it intact after leveling.