How do I Remove the Cabinet Clips and Repair a Whirlpool Washer?

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How do I Remove the Cabinet Clips and Repair a Whirlpool Washer?
Newer clothes washers have interior clips that hold the cabinet in place. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Whirlpool makes a variety of clothes washers for your home laundry needs. You may be able to do some washing machine repairs yourself at home. You will need access to the washing machine's interior parts. Some models of Whirlpool washing machines attach the machine's cabinet to the back panel with a series of interior plastic clips. You must first remove these plastic clips in order to access the interior of the Whirlpool washing machine to diagnose and fix the problem.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Small bowl
  • New lid switch assembly
  • New intake and drain hoses

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Instructions

    Cabinet Clip Removal

  1. 1

    Pull the Whirlpool washing machine slightly out from the wall and unplug it.

  2. 2

    Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws on both sides of the control console's front. Place the screws in a small bowl.

  3. 3

    Pull up and forward on the console, and then swing it backward on its hinge to move it out of your way.

  4. 4

    Use a flathead screwdriver to push down on the top clips on either side of the cabinet's interior to remove them. Pull the cabinet forward and up to disengage the bottom clips.

  5. 5

    Set the cabinet aside.

    Replace the Lid Switch

  1. 1

    Disconnect the power to the Whirlpool washing machine.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the plug that leads to the lid switch.

  3. 3

    Check the lid switch by connecting it to an ohm meter. Replace the lid switch if the ohm meter needle stays in the left quadrant of the meter, indicating that the lid switch has little or no electrical continuity. Remove the lid switch mounting screws with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Disconnect the ground wire and pull out the assembly.

  4. 4

    Pull the wire partially out of the plastic sleeve and break off the plastic sleeve of the new lid switch where it is scored if it is longer than the sleeve on the old lid switch.

  5. 5

    Mount the new lid switch with screws and a screwdriver. Plug it into the central wiring of the machine, and reattach the ground wire.

    Leaking Hoses

  1. 1

    Inspect the intake and drain hoses for wear marks, cracks and holes.

  2. 2

    Undo the hose clamps at the wall and inside the machine with a screwdriver if the hoses are damaged.

  3. 3

    Inspect the clamps to ensure that they did not damage the intake and drain hoses.

  4. 4

    Fit a new drain hose over the exit drain in the wall and screw the hose clamp into place with a screwdriver. Fit the other end over the drain from the tub and clamp it into place with a hose clamp, screw and screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Fit a new intake hose over the intake drain in the wall and screw the hose clamp into place with a screwdriver. Fit the other end over the intake drain to the tub and clamp it into place with a hose clamp, screw and screwdriver.

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