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Appliance repair > Washers > Whirlpool Washer > Removing washer cabinet (Part 1)
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Removing Washer Cabinet (2 parts)
Whirlpool® washing machines (direct drive)

Part 1 - Removing the cabinet (this page)
Part 2 - Re-installing the cabinet (next page)

To get to most of the components on this washing machine, the cabinet needs to be removed. It's a lot easier than it may sound. Check it out for yourself:
Removing Washer Cabinet (Part 1)
Instructions Illustrations
1. Disconnect power to the washer (or unplug it). Turn off both hot and cold water lines at the wall shut off valve.
2. Using a phillips screwdriver, remove the screw from the front of each end cap, directly under the console.
3. Pull the console forward and up to remove the tabs on the bottom of the end caps, out of the holes in the top panel.
4. Lift the console up, flip it over and lay it back until it rests on the hinges.
5. Disconnect the harness plug.
6. Now we're going to detach the cabinet from the back panel. Insert a flathead screwdriver into the turned-up edge of the clip (located on both sides), and pry back. This removes the clip from the hole in the cabinet. Do the same with the clip on the other side.
7. Slide the other end of the clip down and out the slot in the rear panel. Do the same with the clip on the other side.
8. Open and hold the lid while grabbing the cabinet front opening.

Note: Be sure when tilting the cabinet that the back edge clears the vacuum break.
9. Tilt the top of the cabinet toward you by pulling on the lid and opening of the cabinet.

This releases the back slots of the cabinet from the tabs in the back of the base.

Note: Be careful when moving the cabinet, as it could fall and injure your toes.

Using the side of your leg and/or body as a support for the front of the cabinet, carefully lift while pulling it away from the base of the washer.

This releases the front slots of the cabinet from the tabs in the front of the base.

Set the cabinet aside and close the lid.
Click here for Part 2 (Re-installing the cabinet)

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