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How to disassemble a washing machine

The washer cabinet usually must be disassembled for repairs and some maintenance. The washer is connected to both the electric power outlet and to the water supply. Make sure the power cord and water hoses are disconnected before you disassemble the cabinet or tip it over for service. To disassemble a washer:
-To remove the control panel, remove retaining screws spaced around the panel. They are usually located under a piece of molding or trim that can be pried off. On some machines, you'll have to remove the back of the control panel, also held by retaining screws, to get at the working parts of the controls. Knobs on the control panel are usually friction-fit and will pull off. Some knobs are held by small setscrews at the base of the knob. Loosen the setscrews with a screwdriver or Allen wrench and pull the knobs straight off the shafts.

- To remove the service panel, remove its retaining screws, then spread an old blanket on the floor to protect the washer's finish. Make sure the machine and hoses are drained of water. Tip the washer over on its front or side to gain access through the bottom of the machine. The bottom of the machine generally doesn't have a service panel because it is usually open.

- To remove the top of the cabinet, insert a stiff-bladed putty knife into the joint between the top and side panels and give the knife a rap with your fist. This should release the spring clips so that the top can be removed.

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pump repair

Instructions1 Unplug the electrical cord of the washing machine from the electrical outlet before attempting to repair the water pump.
2 Turn the water supply off at the shut-off valves behind the washing machine by hand.
3 Press in on the end caps of the washer while pulling forward to remove the caps from the control console and locate the screws in the front of the console on each end.
4 Unfasten the screws on the control console with a screwdriver and flip the console back so that it rests on the rear hinges.
5 Unplug the lid switch connector from the top of the dryer near the back, lifting the plug off the metal prongs by hand. Use a screwdriver to pry up the metal clips that are holding the top on the dryer.
6 Lift the top lid off the washer base, set the top out of the way, and locate the water pump at the bottom of the cabinet on the motor shaft.
7 Slide the metal clips off the top of the water pump with a screwdriver and remove the pump from the motor shaft.
8 Place a plastic container underneath the water pump to catch any water from the pump and detach the hoses, unfastening the clamps with a screwdriver.
9 Remove the hoses from the pump, allowing the excess water to drain into the plastic container, and remove the pump from the washing machine.
10 Attach the hoses to the new water pump, securing the clamps with a screwdriver. Place the new pump on the motor shaft, sliding the metal clips back over the pump.
11 Take the plastic container out of the washer cabinet, disposing of the water. Place the top lid of the washer back over the cabinet, securing it with the metal clips on the top.
12 Plug the lid switch connector back into the top of the washer near the back, attaching the connector by hand. Flip the control console back down over the washer, securing the console with screws on the ends.
13 Fasten the end caps back over the control console by hand and turn the water supply back on at the shut-off valves.
14 Plug the electrical cord of the washer into the electrical outlet.

Apr 02, 2012 | Whirlpool LHW0050PQ Front Load Washer

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Water starts to spray from the bottom of my Bosch Aquatak 120i when i turn the water on. Is it still safe to use when this is happening

Electricity and water can be a hazard which could be life threatening, but you can operate electrical equipment in a wet environment if you are careful and follow safety precautions. Most import, make sure the electrical outlet you are using for the pressure washer has a working ground plug. Just because an outlet has three prongs does not mean the ground is working. You need to use an outlet tester which is inexpensive from a hardware store or use a multi meter to test the ground for conductivity to earth ground. Your power washer should have a working GFI (Ground fault interrupter), and you need to press the test button to make sure it is working. If your power washer does not have a GFI purchase one from a hardware store. I would also plug the power washer directly into the electrical outlet since an extension cord could have a bad ground connection and will cause the power washer to pull more current from the outlet. Make sure the power washer is raised of the ground so it will not sit in a pool of water. If you follow the safety precautions you should be safe but keep in mind water does not carry the electrical current, it is the impurities in the water which carry the current. Therefore, water could be more conductive depending on the impurity of water. However, it sounds like a loose connection in the power washer which could also be an o-ring or a washer is broken and it would b a good idea to have it fixed.

Apr 29, 2011 | Garden

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no power

Hello :

I also think that its the fuse . You need to replace it . To locate the fuse, remove the outer cabinet of the unit, which is usually held in place with a few screws. Once the outer cabinet is removed, follow the power cord into the unit. It will take you to the fuse holder, where the fuse sits. The fuse holder is located two or three inches into the unit, and may be attached to a power board .

CAUTION: Your microwave oven is capable of giving you a serious electrical shock, even when it is unplugged. I strongly suggest you seek the assistance of an appliance repair technician when conducting any microwave oven repair.


Apr 13, 2010 | GE JVM1653 Microwave Oven

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when i switch my machine on its go staight into safty mode no water enters and nothing works

I am not a repair professional. I am just a 78 year old man who has been making his own repairs for about 50 years. Therefore the washer ID doesn't mean
anything to me. It appears that the most common problem with top loaders is not spinning. Before you can start the repair, you have to disconnect the power and the water hoses. Pull the electrical plug and turn off the water supply valves. When you disconnect the hoses from the washer, they will be full of water, so be prepared to catch it in a bucket. . On the newer directdrive washers, the failure to spin is often caused by a bad lid switch. I suggest you go to www.acmehowto.com where they have an excellent video which shows step by step how to disassemble the cabinet to get to the problem area.
Before you start the disassembly, you should go to www.applianceaid.com where they have very
good trouble shooting and repair information on washers and other appliances. If you are getting an error code you can find the meaning on the site. I think you'll find what you need there. Don't worry about the timer, they hardly ever go bad.
Good luck with it. If I have helped you, please rate my advice on fixya.

Nov 26, 2009 | LG WFT1071TP Top Load Washer

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need to disassemble a kenmore elite oasis dryer


Disconnect your Kenmore Oasis washing machine from its power source. Make sure that your washer is unplugged before beginning to disassemble it.

Remove the screws that hold the control console to the top of your Oasis washer. In some Kenmore Oasis models, the two screws may be covered by plastic end caps. After removing the screws, set them aside until you are ready to replace them.

Flip the console up, back and out of the way.

Locate the cabinet clips on the top of your Kenmore Oasis washer. These clips are located toward the back of the washer top and would be hidden by the console if it were not currently flipped up.

Slide your screwdriver underneath the metal cabinet clips. Wiggle the screwdriver back and forth to gently pry the cabinet clips free.

Disconnect the group of colored wires that plug into the top of the washer from the control console. These wires control the lid switch on your Kenmore washing machine. To disconnect, grasp the white plastic clip and pull gently.

Remove the washing machine cabinet. Tilt the cabinet towards you, and then lift the entire cabinet up and off of its platform.

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Aug 03, 2009 | Kenmore Elite Oasis ST 6806 Electric Dryer

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