Do you have leaking kitchen appliances or a rattling washing machine? Chances are, your appliances need to be leveled. Fortunately, in most cases, leveling is a quick and painless process. Here’s how to know if your appliance is unbalanced and how level it properly.
Leveling a Refrigerator
A refrigerator that isn’t leveled correctly may have to work overtime to keep your perishables fresh and cool. If your fridge is tilted, you may notice the following issues:
- Temperature fluctuation
- Frost build-up
- Unable to align or seal doors properly
To avoid these problems, you’ll need to make a few adjustments to ensure your refrigerator is properly leveled. First, remove the grille at the bottom of the refrigerator to examine the legs. Depending on the brand of your refrigerator, you may see height-adjustable legs or rollers. For refrigerators with legs, simply rotate the legs clockwise to raise the fridge or counterclockwise to lower it. For refrigerators with height-adjustable rollers, look for an adjustment screw near the top of the roller. Although it varies by model, using a screwdriver to tighten the screw should raise the front of the refrigerator and loosening will lower it. Once you complete this step, you’ll want to measure the refrigerator’s slope by placing a level against the bottom of the fridge. Typically, manufacturers recommend the front of the refrigerator to be approximately 0.25 to 0.5 inches higher than the back.
Leveling a Washing Machine
Excessive vibrations and ratting are a clear sign that your washer isn’t properly leveled. Shaking and rattling will not only lead to future issues, but it can also damage the surrounding walls and floors. Fortunately, this is a simple fix. Start by using a carpenter’s bubble level to see if it’s level. If the bubble doesn’t center itself, you have some adjusting to do. First, adjust each leg to the proper height. We recommend keeping the machine as close to the floor as possible. The lower it is, the less likely it is to vibrate. Tighten the lock nuts against the body of the machine to prevent the leg from rotating. Finally, lean against the appliance to make sure it doesn’t rock back and forth. The same process can be used to level your dryer.
If the washer continues to vibrate, consider inspecting the laundry room floor and double checking that the screws are tight. Plus, always load the machine properly by separating towels, jeans, bulk items, etc.
Leveling a Dishwasher
An unbalanced dishwasher can lead to major leaks, which can wreak havoc on your kitchen floors. Plus, it can have difficulty draining properly. Because water sits at the low point, it can cause odors and attract mold and mildew. To avoid these problems, you’ll want to adjust the machine. After determining which direction to adjust the washer, you’ll want to modify the legs accordingly. Turn the nut counterclockwise to raise the leg or clockwise to lower it. If you’re having trouble adjusting the legs, use a hammer to put wooden shims in to level the dishwasher.
Schedule an Appliance Checkup Today
We offer a variety of services when it comes to appliance repair. Whether you’re having issues with a kitchen appliance or a laundry appliance, our expert appliance repair technicians can troubleshoot and solve the problem. Contact iFiX in Ogden, Utah at 801-731-4349 for prompt and professional service.