How to Take Apart a Front Load Washer

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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Masking tape

  • Pencil

  • Torx wrench


Always disconnect appliances from their power source before attempting repairs.

Front load washers are more economical than traditional top load washers. One similarity between them is that parts fail and need to be replaced. Once you know how to take apart a front load washer, you can access all of its working components. Unlike a top load model, the cabinet comes apart in pieces, much in the way a dryer is disassembled.

Step 1

Disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet and pull the front load washer away from the back wall. Turn the spigots off to the water supply and set a bucket behind the washer. Disconnect the two water supply hoses from the rear of the washer and set them inside the bucket.

Step 2

Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws securing the top panel to the rear panel of the washer. Depending upon your brand and model, there will be two to four screws. Pull the rear of the top panel up, slide the top panel toward the rear wall and remove the panel from the work area.

Step 3

Disconnect the control console touchpad wiring ribbon from the control console by pulling it straight off. Label wires individually by placing masking tape on them and writing a note indicating where the wires attach. Disconnect individual wires and move them out of the way.

Step 4

Pull out the dispenser drawer if your front load washer has a drawer in the control console. Press down on the back tab of the drawer to pull the drawer completely out of the washer. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws securing the control console to the washer. If your unit has a dispenser drawer, there will be a screw in the recessed area where the drawer sits. Pull the control console off the washer.

Step 5

Remove the three screws at the bottom of the toe panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Lift the toe panel up slightly and then pull it away from the front load washer.

Step 6

Open the washer door and remove the clamp that secures the boot to the outer lip of the washer opening. Carefully pull the boot off the door lip.

Step 7

Remove the four screws that secure the front panel to the side panels, using a Phillips-head screwdriver. Grab both sides of the front panel and pull the front panel away from the washer.

Step 8

Use a Torx wrench to remove the 12 screws that secure the rear panel to the washer. Carefully pull the rear panel away from the front load washer.


Kenneth Crawford

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.