How to Remove the Front of Washing Machines

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Things You'll Need

  • Pry bar or large screwdriver

  • Cloth to protect the machine from scratching by tools (pry bar or large screwdriver) without rubber or plastic coatings

  • Mallet


Wear protective gloves as appliance edges can be sharp.

Make sure there is adequate light for the workspace.

The front panel removed to show the appliance tub.

Keeping a home clothing washing machine in good repair without professional help means having the ability to check inside the machine. Top-loading washing machines typically have front panels to provide access to the appliance.


Front-loading washing machines may require different methods of removing the panel, based on the door and gasket assembly and where the panel is located.

The front panel of a washing machine provides access to the appliance tub, motor, pump and transmission for repair or maintenance.

Step 1

Turn off the washing machine's water sources.

Step 2

Unplug the washing machine from all electrical sources before removing the front panel.


Step 3

Finding the seam.

Locate a seam at the top of the washing machine. Use a pry bar or large screwdriver to push in between the seam at the top and the washing machine body. Gently loosen the front panel so it can be pulled away from the washing machine body.


Step 4

Removing the front panel.

Look for wires attached to the front panel and remove their connections.

Step 5

Once the front panel is completely removed, it should be set upright in a safe place.



Melinda Rizzo

Melinda Rizzo is a Pennsylvania-based freelance writer with 11 years of experience covering business news, trends, local and state government, medicine, the arts, human interest features as well as lifestyle issues. Rizzo’s work appears in Lehigh Valley Style Magazine, The Morning Call, The Express-Times and the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal.