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I want to open my GE 8 cycle 2 speed Heavy Duty Large Capacity top loading washer so I can see why it does not spin or drain. How do I open it up??

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  • sharazuck Jun 02, 2010

    I have a GE WWA8800,8816,8829,8837 top loading washing machine. I cannot figure out how to open it up so I can check the pump. It agitates but does not spin or drain. The front + lid case is all one piece, so I have to get into it from the back. Please explain in laymens terms because I am not a DIYer.

    Thank you.
    Shara

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Hi,

This unit has to be worked on from the back or under it. Most of the time that I had work on the pump for drain issues I would tilt it back against the wall and lay under it.

Here is a website (link below) that will show pictures of the break down to help you understand where the components are located. When you get on the website click the pictures on the left side bar for the different views.

I hope this helps.

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The washer will not advance to the spin cycle if there is a draining problem due to a pump problem or clogs and kinks in the drain hose. Check the drain hose and clear it from any obstruction or kinks. Make sure the drain pump is working. Check the drain pump wiring and make sure the connections are snug fit. Reseat the conenctions several times to clean off dirt and corrosion build up in the terminals and connectors. Replace the drain pump if it is not working at all to pump out the water and allow the washer to advance to the spin cycle. Check the lid switch if the washer fills but does not agitate.

The drain pump can be accessed by removing the front panel. The front panel can be removed by inserting a putty knife blade between the top cover and the front panel in alignment with the groove on either side of the lid and cover.

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Push the putty knife to release the clips. Once the clips are released, tilt the front panel forward then lift it off the cabinet base locking tabs ad move away from the washer. Reverse the steps to reassemble.

Please indicate the exact model number of the washer if this advice is not applicable for more accurate troubleshooting and repair advice.

Posted on Jun 01, 2010

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  • sharazuck Jun 01, 2010

    I'm sorry, but there is nowhere to put the putty knife.

    It is one smooth piece.

    Please advise.



    Shara

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Jun 01, 2010

    Indicate the exact model number of the washer for specific tear down procedure. Please be advised the advice provided here are based on first hand experience and on the information provided by the customer. One basic information required is the make and exact model number for quick and precise advice.

  • sharazuck Jun 01, 2010

    GE WWA8800,8816,8829,8837

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Jun 01, 2010

    Here's the exploded view diagram of you washer.
    It will help you determine the components breakdown and how they are
    assembled.



  • olympic43 Jan 30, 2011

    I tried this on my 1998 GE washer. I popped right open and the panel was easy to remove.

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