How to Take the Top Off a Whirlpool Estate Washing Machine

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Things You'll Need

  • Flashlight

  • Putty knife or flathead screwdriver


When you're ready to replace the top panel, simply snap it into place and screw it back down.


Use proper safety precautions when working with electrical appliances. Always check to ensure that your Whirlpool Estate dryer is unplugged before disassembling it.

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Manufactured by Whirlpool, Estate washing machines are Whirlpool quality washers designed for the budget-conscious crowd. With reliability and longevity expected from the Whirlpool brand, Estate washers can run for many years with the proper care and maintenance. To troubleshoot and maintain the Estate washer's main components you'll need to open or take off the top of the washing machine. Though it may sound difficult, removing the top of a Whirlpool Estate washer is relatively simple and can be accomplished in just minutes.

Step 1

Unplug your Whirlpool Estate washing machine before attempting to service it.

Step 2

Disconnect your Whirlpool Estate washer from its water supply during repair.

Step 3

Use a small flashlight to illuminate the space underneath the top panel of the washer. Look for two small clips located about four inches in from the edges.

Step 4

Slide a putty knife or flathead screwdriver underneath the top panel of the washer. Find the clips with the tip of the knife or screwdriver, and apply pressure to release them.

Step 5

With the clips released, lift the top panel of the washer straight up. Slide the top panel back and out of your way while you complete repairs.

Step 6

Remove the top panel completely, if desired, by using a screwdriver to unscrew the screws that attach the top panel to the washer cabinet.

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Megan Mattingly-Arthur

Megan Mattingly-Arthur has been writing professionally since 1998. She has contributed to various publications, including "Teen Voices" and "Positive Teens" magazines, as well as a book, "The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published." Mattingly-Arthur is studying travel and tourism through Penn Foster Career School.