How to Remove the Front Cover on a Whirlpool Duet

The Whirlpool Duet line of washers and dryers are front-loading appliances, intended for residential use. Whirlpool Duet washers are energy efficient, and both Duet washers and dryers have oversized tubs for large loads of laundry. If you are attempting to repair an internal component of either the washer or dryer, you will need to remove the top panel and front cover of the machine. Before removing any components, disconnect the power cable to avoid injury or damage to the washer or dryer.

Unplug the washer or dryer's power cable from the wall outlet, usually located behind the appliance.

Remove the two bolts on the back of the top panel, which secure the top to the machine, with a socket wrench. Lift the panel up from the rear, then pull it off the machine. Set the panel in a safe place.

Remove the control panel by pressing in on the tabs on each side of the panel, inside of the machine, and pulling the control panel away from the machine. Disconnect the wire harness to completely remove the panel and set it in an out-of-the-way location.

Remove the two screws located at the top of the circuit board bracket, which runs perpendicular to the control panel, with a socket wrench. Remove the circuit board bracket.

Remove the screws from the top of the control bracket with a socket wrench. The control bracket is connected to the control panel. Remove the control bracket.

Remove the two screws located at the bottom of the machine, below the bottom panel, with the socket wrench. Pull the bottom of the bottom panel toward you, then down, to remove the panel from the machine.

Disconnect the door switch and moisture sensor wire harnesses, located behind the bottom panel that was just removed.

Remove the screws from the bottom of the door assembly, which were previously covered by the bottom panel, with a socket wrench. Also remove the two screws from the top of the front panel, previously covered by the control panel.

Open the door, then unscrew the screws located on the bottom of the door jamb with a Phillips screwdriver. Once the screws are removed, pull the front panel off. The entire front cover of the Whirlpool Duet has now been removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Socket wrench set
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Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.