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Replacing switch on washer

I bought the part to replace the switch assembly on the top. How do I get to it on the washer? I have to take the top of the washer off I guess, but what is the easiest way? Remove the whole back? Thanks, Bobby Eff

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  • bobby eff Aug 20, 2007

    Thank you, I see the clips but for some reason they are bolted on , I have no idea why they would have screwed them on because there is no way to get to the screws.

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This is done from the front. You must remove the outer cabinet first. UNPLUG YOU WASHER BEFORE CONTINUING! 1.) Remove the 2 phillips screws on either side of the control panel and rotate the panel up and out of the way. (These screws may be hidden by the trim pieces on the ends... if so, just use a small screwdriver and pry the trim pieces off... they just snap in and out.) 2.) There are 2 brass colored clips under the panel. One on either side. Poke your screwdriver into the slot (the tip of your screwdriver will be facing down) and pry backwards toward the wall to remove these. 3.) Disconnect the white electrical connector that's plugged into the top of the cabinet. 4.) Now tilt the entire cabinet toward you. Bring it to a 45 degree angle... this will release the clips. Then lift and pull it off of there and set it aside. You now have access to the switch assy.

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    Tracy Farrell Aug 20, 2007

    OK... I don't know why they would be bolted on there, but let's go about this a different way. You can still replace your switch, but it's a little more awkward to do.

    Remove the 2 phillips screws holding the old switch. Now take the switch and pull it out from under the cabinet top, toward the agitator as far as you can (about 3" or so). Now cut the 2 gray wires (and any other wires/plastic) right at the switch, leave no wires on the switch. Take these 2 wires and strip them back about 3/8". Now take your new switch and expose about 6" of wire... pull it out of the plastic tube thing, and cut the wires. So now you have the new switch with 2 gray wires 6" long. Strip these back about 3/8". Now connect these 2 to the 2 old wires using wire nuts. MAKE SURE THAT NO COPPER IS EXPOSED!! MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THE COPPER IS COMPLETELY INSIDE THE WIRE NUT! Now that you have that done, wrap these connections with black electrical tape to further insulate them.

    OK!!! Now poke the switch back into its' place and fasten it. Tuck all the wires as far back as possible. You don't want the tub to touch them in any way at any time.

    That'll do it, Bobby! Happy washing!

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Use a putty knife in the front to push the lid clips in one on each side this will release the top so you can get to the switch..

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