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Washer Case Removal for Whirlpool Top Loaders

To access the interior components on Whirlpool manufactured top loading washers, you must remove the exterior washer casing. The follow steps, explain how:

1. Unplug washing machine.

2. Remove console. This can be accomplished in a few different ways depending on which type of console you have.

a. If the console has removable end caps, the caps lift off by prying on the top from the back of the washer. The cap will pull off towards you as you are facing the unit from the front of the washer. There will be a screw under each end cap that you will need to remove.

b. If the console does not have removable end caps, you will need to slide a putty knife under the front corner of each side and push in while lifting up. There is a retaining clip under each side that has to be released.


c. Some consoles have a series of screws located in the back. Simply loosen the screws to release the console.

3. Once the console has been released it will lift up and fold back over the back of the washer to its resting position. Use care not to stress the small plastic hinges that hold it on. They can break easily.

4. Under the console will be two large brass colored clips. Take a large flat blade screwdriver and place it in the groove of the clip on the washer top. With the screwdriver firmly in the groove, push away from you towards the back of the washer. This will release the clips.

5. Disconnect the lid switch connector plug. This is the white colored plug on the washer top under the console.

6. Remove the washer casing. Open the lid of the washer. Using one hand, grip under the front rim of the washer opening. Do not grab the wash tub, just the casing. Tilt the washer case from the back first towards you, slide forward slightly, and then lift up. The entire case comes off exposing the wash tub and components.


IMPORTANT: To correctly reinstall the washer case, follow these steps:

1. With the lid of the washer casing open, grasp the case under front rim and place it on the washer frame. While looking down through the washer lid opening, make sure the front lip of the case is placed UNDER the washer frame base in the front.

2. Lower the washer casing back onto the side frames. Make sure the small cleats on the side frames fit into the slotted grooves on the washer case base. If you do not get the case seated correctly it will rattle and vibrate while the washer is in operation.

3. Make sure the back of the washer fits into the washer casing on each side by leaning over the front of the washer and grasping the back panel and pull towards you to seat it.


4. Reinsert the brass clips. Place the 90 degree bend of the clip into the slot on the back of the washer first, and then forcefully push the J-hook end of the clip down into the opening on top of the washer. NOTE: Once the clips are snapped back into place, the washer case should fit tight and not move on the frame.

5. REINSTALL LID SWITCH CONNECTOR. It is easy to forget. If you do not reconnect it, the washer will not work correctly.

6. Reinstall console.


These procedures are much easier than they appear. If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this information is helpful.

NOTE: Whirlpool manufactured top loaders include Kenmore, Roper, Estate, Frigidaire, Kitchenaid, Kelvinator and some later model Maytags.

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i need help removing the top of a kenmore washer mod num c1102250081 got the lid off but cant get the top off


To access the washer interior on these model washers, you need to remove the exterior washer case. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3631789-washer_case_removal_whirlpool_top


With the washer case lifted out of the way, you should have full access to all the interior components.


If you need further assistance, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

May 03, 2011 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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how do you remove the top of the washer ? it looks like 2 screws which dont seem too accessable. The drum seems to be disconnected


To access the washer interior on these model washers, you need to remove the exterior washer case. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3631789-washer_case_removal_whirlpool_top


With the washer case lifted out of the way, you should have full access to all the interior components.


NOTE: If the wash tub appears to be loose, double check your agitator bolt, first. If the bolt is tight, check your washer to ensure it is properly leveled:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3868923-level_whirlpool_top_loading_washer

On an unleveled washer, sometimes the drum will appear to be tilted.

If you need further assistance, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Apr 26, 2011 | Whirlpool Ultimate Care II LSQ9549L Top...

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How do I access the lower end of the fill control tube? How do I open the outer case?


I'm not exactly sure what you are referring to as a "fill tube", but if you need to remove the exterior washer case to access any of the internal components, the following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3631789-washer_case_removal_whirlpool_top

There is a water inlet valve that is used during the fill and rinse cycles, as well as all the associated dispenser hoses inside the cabinet. With the exterior washer case removed, you will have complete access to all the internal components. Read through the steps thoroughly. This process is much easier than it seems. If you have any questions, please post back and let me know what symptoms your washer is exhibiting so that I may be able to provide you with further assistance. I hope you find this information helpful.

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How do I get the top off of a Whirlpool, Ultimate Care II, top load washing machine?


The following link explains step-by-step how to remove the exterior washer case to access the washer internal components:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3631789-washer_case_removal_whirlpool_top

This procedure is easier than it looks. However, if you experience any problems, or have additional questions, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER (located on a nameplate along the wash tub rim under the lid) and let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

Oct 07, 2010 | Washing Machines

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slight leak from under the washer


If your TOP LOADING Whirlpool manufactured washer is leaking, the following link explains how to remove the exterior washer case in order to accurately inspect the washer interior components for the source of your leak:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3576648-washer_leak__top_loader


If the leak is more like a constant drip, a common source of leaks with Whirlpool manufactured top loaders is a leaking drain pump. These pumps are not serviceable and if damaged, must be replaced. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3794382-replacing_water_pump_whirlpool_top


Don't forget to check all drain hose connections under the washer and the center tub seal.

Replacement parts (if required) can be purchased at any of the following websites:

searspartrsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare. The first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need.

If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

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