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How To Open a Washing Machine Cabinet

The method to access the internal components of a washing machine varies by manufacturer. Before attempting to open your washer, determine which style is yours. The directions that follow describe most washers, but yours may vary in how it opens. Never use force to open the washer, it should open with only light effort.

Caution: Please read our safety information before attempting any testing or repairs.

Before opening the cabinet, unplug the washer or shut off the power at the fuse box or breaker panel to avoid an electrical shock hazard.

Generally speaking, belt drive models are accessed by removing the back panel, front panel or top. Direct drive models (the motor connects directly to the transmission) typically are accessed by tilting the entire cabinet forward and removing it. The top control console will either tilt forward, backward or come completely off.

If you cannot open the cabinet, you may need to re-evaluate which cabinet style you have. If the top will not lift up, it probably isn't designed to be opened that way. Check for alternate cabinet access.

Opening the Control Console

The control console is secured on top of the washer with two or more screws. You will have to inspect it to locate all of the screws. The screws are typically located at the left and right end and they may be found on the front, top and/or back.

The screws in front, if any, will be at the corner where the console meets the washer cabinet and they may be hidden beneath an adhesive trim piece. The trim piece can be partially pried up to expose the screw at each end. There may be additional screws on the top or back of the console. If so, they will be along the perimeter edges. It usually isn't necessary to remove any screws that aren't along the edges.

If the console is designed to be completely removed, detach the wires by separating the wiring harness. Depress the clasp on the harness and pull the two halves apart. Do not pull on the wires.

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