Appliance repair can be intimidating, especially when it's an expensive, frequently-used machine. Despite the fact that it can save you boatloads, many people don't know the difference between small simple fixes and big jobs. That scares them off. Here are a few spots that small fixes can save you big money.
When a top-loading washer is vibrating, there are a couple of things to check. The most obvious first step is to make sure the load is balanced. Stop the cycle. When the agitator has stopped, check to make sure all your jeans or other heavy clothes haven't ended up on one side. Start it back up and listen. If the load is balanced and it's still making a ruckus, check the feet of the washer. Are all four feet touching the laundry room floor? As a machine ages, the metal may have contracted and expanded in different place, causing it to lean. You'll want to adjust the feet so they are all solidly on the floor, but wait until the load is over. The machine will be lighter and the adjustment will be easier to do once the load is finished and the water is gone.
If your machine is leaking water, a quick fix might be on the way. If it's soapy water, you may have simply put too much detergent in the machine. Clean up the mess and follow the instructions on the detergent bottle when washing clothes in the future. If it's clear water, check the hoses that run to the wall. Are they tight? Loose hoses can cause leaks. If that's not the problem, the culprit may be your drain hose. Listen for a gurgling sound near the end of the cycle. Your drain hose may be clogged, causing your leak. Simply detach one end of the hose, clear any clog and replace tightly, to ensure your handiwork doesn't cause another leak.