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On the washer how do I remove the top panel I see a screw unter the soap drawer I undo and still don't want to pull too hard.

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If you want to take the top panel off,there are 3 screws at the back of the machine,remove then lift

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My whirlpool wfs1273bd leaks water from under the detergent draw when the hot water goes into the machine what should I do?

This product has to be my most hated product in the entire house. We have had nothing but issues with this piece of junk. 2 days ago water and foam started pouring out the soap dispenser and across the laundry floor. Not to anyones surprise as this machine has been a dud for 2 years.
So i finally got to looking at this tonight, and was blown away by a) what tiny little thing caused it, and b) the simplicity of it (did it in 1/2 hour) when I thought this was going to be a all night job with 1000 parts across the floor.
How its done:
  1. Remove the power and water pressure from the washer
  2. Remove the 3 screws at the rear of the machine on the top plastic trim (that hold the top of the machine on.
  3. Slide top panel of the machine towards the back, it will become dislodged from the front control panel.
  4. Remove the soap dispenser tray
  5. Undo the 3 screws in the soap dispenser frame, that join the front panel to the water mixing chamber
  6. Undo the two screw on top of the front control panel that are exposed from removing the top panel of the machine
  7. There are two clips, either side of the control panel inside the machine that hold the front panel on. I could undo the one opposite to the soap drawer, but I couldn't get the other, so jiggle the control sideways (left and right) and applied a pulling pressure and it came free. Rest the control panel on top of the drum, I didn't undo any cables, they seem to stretch over the front on top of the machine.
  8. Remove the bottom sump panel - apply a inward pressure on the top of the sides of the panel, and pull outwards. It will hinge away with the hinge on the bottom of the machine.
  9. Undo the screws that attach the entire front panel including door (two on top far sides, and 3 across the bottom.
  10. Pull the entire front panel forwards gently, and the lining between the front panel and drum will stretch out about 2 inches.
  11. Reach in around the front panel and you can see the black tube run down from the soap mixing box, into the main drum.
  12. Gently yank/pull the black tube away from the main drum, it has a rubber flange on the other side that stops it coming out, but it will come through.
  13. See if you can clear the blockage in the tube (if there is), you may need a pair of pliers to remove the black tube from the bottom of the soap box.
  14. Assembly is the reverse, ensure that you get a good seal on the tube back into the drum. I did this by forcing the flange back into the drum, further than it was originally, and slowly and gently pull it back out, until the drum lip pops into the ring on the rubber tube.

Notes: Dont lose the screws in the soap box down the tube, its a absolutely huge job to open the drum. Put a towel ontop of the floor drain in your laundry, its a icky job to retrieve that!
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I'm trying to find instructions to remove and then fit new door seal on hotpoint WF210, have lloked at tsome online videos but the wf210 doesnt seem to have the outer retaining ring releases as shown on...

I find it easy to remove front casing to fit new door boot seal First remove soap drawer then the 4 screws here next pull off control know of timer next 3 screws on front panel this then now drops down with wiring attached the front of the machine has 3 top and bottom screws remove them along with the door interlock switch 2 screws......detach the band or wire around the door seal the front panel can now be removed.....Seal is in front of you secured by large metal band and screw undo this fit on new seal refit ring and bobs your uncle as they say Good luck....

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you need to remove the drum start at the front remove front panel,four screws 2 under front,1 behind soap drawer and the one near the filter,next take door off 4 spring clips on the next panel plus screw on door lock,remove door lock,then undo clamp band,bolt at bottom and remove counter weight panel (heavy).remove stainless steel inner panel,use a screwdriver to loosen,from the back remove drum pulley.the drum will then pull out.replace vseal and bearings.hope this helps

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Solution for washing machine

  1. remove top cover.
  2. Remove soap dispenser draw.
  3. unscrew the screws securing the the soap dispenser to front console.
  4. Pull timer dial off, noting position of symbols.
  5. slide console panel to right, and lift up out of way of front panel.
  6. Undo 3 screws securing top of front panel.
  7. undo 2 screws securing door interlock to front of panel.
  8. Remove plastic clip securing door seal to front of panel.
  9. remove wire clamp band round front of door seal.
  10. Undo 3 screws at bottom of front panel securing it to cabinet .
  11. remove front panel.
  12. Unscrew thye top wire clamp band securing the seal to drum front.
  13. remove door seal.
  14. Fit new door seal, making sure the drainage holes are at the bottom dead center.
  15. reassemble in reverse order.
  16. Please rate my solution.
  17. Thanks.

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Creda Simplicity 1000 Washing Machine not heating water

Make sure that you have not got the energy save button in operation, as this by-passes the heater, and will wash at the incoming water temp. It should not be showing green
If this is not the case, then the heater has probably failed.
To access the heater, you need to remove the top cover, remove the soap dispenser drawer, and undo the 4 screws securing the console panel to the top of the washer.
Pull off the timer knob, noting the position of it, and slide the console panel to the right, support it with something.
Remove wire cllip holding door seal to front of panel, and pull off the seal at the front.
Undo the screws securing the front panel at the top.

Undo 3 screws at bottom of front panel.
Lift front panel clear,and stand it at the right of washer, be careful of the wires still attached to the door lock.
At the bottom, in the center, you should find a black cover, remove that, and you will see the heater element.
You eally need a meter to test it for continuity, and or an earth fault.
Replace if faulty.
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How do I take off the front panel

At the very bad of the machine take out the phillips head screws which pass through an L shaped part (which is attached to the top) into the back of the washer. (the L part should stay with the top) Slide the top back about two inches and lift off. Remove dispenser drawer by pushing down on the center tab at the back of the dispenser drawer, then remove one screw behind dispenser drawer front and one screw at each upper corner of control from back side of control. Panel is still held by tabs across top. Be careful, as there are sharp areas here. Detach all electrical plugs from control, and it should be loose in your hands now.

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take both star screws from under lugs on either side of the lid remove that then take soap drawer out if screws are not visable remove front facia panel the same screws which hold the facia will also hold the soap drawer in place as you lift the drawer you will be able to undo the hose to the drum.

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Upon taking the top of washer off, it exposes the liquid dispenser. There are three snap clips on the right side as you look at it from the front. Unsnap and lift slightly on the dispenser lid. This should provide the clearance you need to open the drawer. Examine the blue covers for the fabric softener and bleach. You will see scrape marks where it has been rubbing on the the top cover when closing and opening. Using a soldering iron or an abrasive, wear down the sharp edges that are catching...This solved the problem for me.. ( :

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