The above list is not exhaustive, but it's a great starting point. Washing machine repair is by no means a simple task, but it becomes a lot more manageable for the average homeowner when you're at least somewhat familiar with the parts that you're looking at. Take a minute to look over the owner's manual that you received when you purchased your current unit; there should be a complete diagram with all of the parts labeled. If you misplaced the manual or can't locate a helpful diagram, there are countless online resources that can help you with your DIY repair by allowing you to look up your exact model specifications and helping you identify exactly which parts may be at the root of your washer's malfunction.
It is not difficult to buy washing machine parts; however, it may be a little more difficult to pull that machine down and find out exactly what part is broken. If you are a true handyman, then this may not be anything to worry about, but for those who are not used to anything mechanical then it could pose a problem. The best thing to do is to get that repairman in to do the job and tell you what is needed.