Jetted bathtubs offer the soothing comfort of hot tub in the compactness of a standard size bathtub. Whirlpool is one of the largest manufacturers of these types of tubs. One of the challenges of manufacturing these tubs is creating proper access to the plumbing portions of the tub. This requires a unique access panel that must be water tight, along with decorative. Whirlpool tubs have an access panel that is simple to remove, making repairs easy.
Locate the whirlpool tub access on the side of the tub. It will have an indentation design that will allow for your fingers to be placed on the lower lip of the indentation.
Gripping with your fingers underneath the lip, pull the bottom of the skirt toward you forcefully. The pressure plugs will pop and you will be able to stick your hand behind the access panel.
Work your hand around the access panel, pulling the access as you go around the sides. Pull on the access panel to dislodge the upper lip of the panel. Set the panel to the side with the finished side up.