How to Open a Whirlpool Cabrio Washer Cabinet

The design of the Whirlpool Cabrio washer makes it user-friendly when it comes time to replace or test components. Unlike other washers that must have the cabinet completely removed, the Cabrio needs only the top panel or rear panel removed to access parts. By learning how to open a Whirlpool Cabrio washer cabinet, you can quickly service most mechanisms within the washer.

Step 1

Unplug the Whirlpool Cabrio washer from the wall outlet. Turn the water supply off at the spigot coming from the wall.

Step 2

Place a bucket under the water supply connections at the rear of the washer. Unscrew the water hoses from the washer and set the ends of the hoses inside the bucket.

Step 3

Use a socket wrench to remove the three hex head screws that secure the rear of the control panel to the washer.

Step 4

Place the Cabrio control panel on the top of the washer cabinet with the wiring harnesses pointed toward you. Label the wire connectors with pieces of masking tape. Press in on the plastic locking tabs of each wiring harness and pull to disconnect them. Move the control panel away from the work area.

Step 5

Using masking tape, tape the washer lid closed. Use a screwdriver to disconnect the water inlet hoses from the inlet valve.

Step 6

Insert a putty knife under the front of the top panel and locate the two front retaining locks. The locks are 6 inches from each corner. Press in on the locks to release them.

Step 7

Lift up on the washer top and disconnect the two wiring harness located toward the left side of the Cabrio washer. Set the washer top panel out of the way.

Step 8

Use a screwdriver to remove the eight screws that secure the rear panel to the cabinet sides. Remove the rear panel and set it out of the way.