On most of the repairs made on a Frigidaire Affinity washing machine, removal of the front panel is necessary. It is more difficult to remove the front panel on this style of washing machine than on a standard washer; the control console that contains all the buttons for the functions must be removed before removing the front panel. Even with this added step, the job only requires a few tools to complete.
Unplug the washer's electrical cord from the wall outlet. Turn off the water shut-off valves that supply water to the the washing machine.
Remove the two screws from the back top of the washer. Slide the top back and lift it off the washer.
Unscrew the screws on either side in front that secure the console to the top of the side panels.
Unfasten the three screws behind the detergent door panel.
Lift the three tabs in the front of the washer that hold the console in place. Roll the console forward while lifting up to release it from tabs on the bottom that hold it.
Unplug the wiring harness from the console and remove the console.
Open the washer door and locate the bellow, which is a rubber boot that fits around the door. There is a metal loop that holds on the boot. Locate the spring on the loop where it connects to the wire and pull it out of the groove in the boot with a pair of needle nose pliers. Pull off the boot from the lip of the front panel.
Remove the two screws that hold on the door switch. Pull the door switch into the opening of the door and disconnect the wire clips that attach to it.
Tilt the front of the washer up and remove the four screws that secure the front panel of the washer to the base. Remove the four screws at the top of the front panel where it is secured to the main washer body.
Lift the front panel up and out to disengage it from the nylon pins that hold it in place. Place the front panel where it will not get damaged while the repair is being completed.