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Sunday, October 23, 2005

How to Open a Whirlpool or Kenmore Direct-Drive Washer; how to take apart washer; washing machine disassembly; washer repair

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How do I open a Kenmore Washer Model# 110.28932790

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This is a Whirlpool-built direct drive washer. It opens up a little differently from what you might expect. Many people, thinking the top panel pops up, begin ruthlessly prying on the seam between the top and front panel and only end up with a disfigured washer. I've seen more adventurous types actually remove the entire back panel, getting them no closer to what they were trying for. Let the Samurai enlighten you.

The entire cabinet removal procedure is illustrated in this diagram. Even though the procedure is very straight forward, a couple of fine points are worth mentioning:

  • Some Kenmore-branded versions of this washer use plastic endcaps to cover the console screws. Just remove the console end caps and the console retaining screws are right there. This technique is illustrated in this photo.
  • Once you've removed the console screws, flip the entire control console up and back to reveal the cabinet retaining braces, shown here.
  • After you pull the cabinet back and away from the washer, here's an illustrated anatomy of your naked washing machine. The lid switch is screwed to the inside of the cabinet top panel and is easily accessible with the cabinet removed.
  • Replacing the cabinet is usually very straight forward but sometimes little snags can arise. Some helpful hints for replacing the cabinet are explained here.
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By Blogger Jamaican Cop, at April 15, 2008 11:47 AM  

fyi, on my whirlpool wtw5810sw0 (from Costco) you don't unscrew anything on the top console. Looking inside the back of the console with a flashlight, you can see the clips. Slide a putty knife underneath the front of the console to push the clips back, they will release and you can flip the console back.

By Blogger dean, at June 17, 2008 7:52 PM  

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