Appliance Repair Revelation: Removing the Agitator from Your Washing Machine

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on September 2, 2004

in Washer Repair

appliance tip of the day archiveTrying to remove the agitator from your top-loading washing machine but feeling, instead, like you’re failing miserably at an I.Q. test for nitwits? Fear not, my mentally-challenged grasshopper, for the Samurai shall illumine your murky path.


GE Old Style Washer: Remove agitator cap by pulling it off and look for a bolt, remove the bolt and pull up hard on the agitator. Not all models of this style washer has a retaining bolt.

GE New Style Washer: Use a old dryer belt or rope to help remove the agitator. Hook the rope/belt under the lower agitator fins and make the loops to the top. Use a board to help “pop” up the agitator, lift up on the side of the board that is sticking out further.

Whirlpool and Kenmore Direct Drive Washers: Remove the agitator cap, some caps unscrew and some will just pull off. Look for a bolt and remove the bolt, lift up on the agitator.

Maytag Dependable Care Washer: Locate a 1/4 inch screw on the side of the agitator, ( about 3/4 of the way down) remove this screw and lift up on the agitator.

Maytag Atlantis and Performa: Remove the cap and softener dispenser by pulling it off and locate the agitator bolt. Remove bolt and lift up on the agitator.

Frigidaire Washer, Older Models: Older style, unscrew the agitator cap and bolt, lift up on the agitator.

Frigidaire Washer, Newer Styles: Remove center cap–this can be difficult to do–by lifting up really hard on the center tab. Locate bolt and remove it and lift up on the agitator.

Amana Washer: The older washers have a bolt under the cap that must be removed to remove the agitator, then grab hold of the agitator and lift up. The newer washer agitator just pulls out, remove cap, if no bolt, just grab hold and lift up hard.

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