How to Remove the Front Panel on a Whirlpool Duet Washer

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How to Remove the Front Panel on a Whirlpool Duet Washer
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The Whirlpool Duet washer is a front-loading, Energy Star-rated clothes washer that is available in a variety of drum sizes, with several options, such as time and water sensors and steam cleaning. Available in select department, appliance and home retail stores, the Whirlpool Duet should function well under most circumstances; however, if problems do occur, it may be necessary to open the front access panel in order to perform maintenance or repair tasks. Always unplug and turn off the washer before attempting to remove the front panel.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Pull the washer away from the wall so that the back panel is accessible. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws holding the top panel to the washer. Lift off the panel and set aside.

  2. 2

    Find the touchpad assembly ribbon connector on the front of the Duet washer, located on the left corner of the front of the washer. Push in the connector tabs to pull out the wiring connector.

  3. 3

    Pull out the dispenser drawer, using the release tab at the back of the container to release the drawer from the washer. Remove the retainer screw inside the dispenser drawer and press the release tab on the right side of the control console.

  4. 4

    Open the door to the washer and locate the slot in the centre of the console, above the door opening. Insert the flat blade of a screwdriver into the slot and push up on the control console to remove. Push down on the console tab to fully release the console cover and set aside.

  5. 5

    Remove the front retaining spring, located at the bottom of the tub. Move the edge of the boot away from the edge of the drum to reveal the door switch. Remove the three screws holding the door switch in, with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the door switch away from the washer.

  6. 6

    Remove the screws holding the toe panel in place, near the front centre of the washer. Remove the toe panel and remove the screws that hold the bottom and front of the front panel together.

  7. 7

    Pull the front panel up and away from the washer.

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