Front- and top-loading models have different compositions, but all of the major components are the same. Regardless of which make or model you own, you'll first need to identify the key washing machine parts that are at the source of a problem if you want to complete an effective washer-dryer repair. While it may not be necessary for an average layperson to familiarize him- or herself with all of the tiny nuances of washing machine operation, it's definitely a good idea to study up on the basic components. Those include: Water level switch, Temperature control switch, Timer, Washer top, Lid switch, Water injector fill hose, Water inlet valve, Fabric softener dispenser, Lint filter, Agitator, Inner and outer tubs, Drive motor, Transmission, Pump, Drive pulley, Pump belt.
To make it easier for you, best to know the specific make and model of your machine. The model number and the serial number help locate a compatible item for your property. Prices vary according to product quality. Do not be fooled by brand names though. Being expensive does not necessarily denote quality. Choose what is tried and tested by other consumers.