In this article, we learn how to replace the lid on a washing machine. This is a great job for someone that has been washing clothes by hand and just purchased their first home with a washer/dryer combination unit. It’s also probably easier than trying to add a second lid should the old one break.The DIY Laundry Project is going to show you how to replace the lid on a washing machine.
How to remove a washing machine cover
First start by unplugging the washing machine. It doesn’t necessarily need to be turned off, but you don’t want this whole process taking place while it is running. Next, remove the detergent tray and any loose items that are around. Then use your screwdriver to unscrew the front panel of the washing machine door.
There should be a total of three screws. Once the screws are removed, you can easily pull the panel off. You should now see two more screws that need to be removed from the inside of the washing machine door. Pull out your screwdriver and remove those as well.
Replace the lid on your washing machine
Once the screws are removed, you can easily pull off the front cover of your washing machine door. Inside you will find the control panel and possibly a light bulb in some models. Do not touch any wires or connections that may be connected to the main circuit board located to your left if looking into the machine from inside the unit.
The machine is attached to the lid via a metal hinge, so the next step is to remove this. Some models may not have a visible hinge and instead use a latch for removal. Refer to your washer manual for detailed instructions if needed here.
Remove old screws with a screwdriver
Grab onto the metal hinge and pull straight up. You may need to rock it back and forth slightly to free it from the slot where the hinges normally sit in. Just be careful not to break any parts here. Once you’ve removed both sides, set them aside for safe keeping.
When the lid is in place on a washing machine, it is held in place by metal tabs that lock into the hinges. These may need to be bent back down in order for them to sit in their notches once reassembled and in place on a unit.
Install new screws to replace old ones
Now you can install the new hinges onto the washing machine door. Apply a liberal layer of grease or vaseline around the hinge post before installing. This will prevent it from rusting out again and becoming difficult to open in the future. Next push down on both sides until they click into place. Now follow these same steps with the other side of the hinges.
Once both sides are installed, you will need to replace the front door panel of your washing machine. Make sure wires and connections are out of the way before screwing back into place. Once it is secure, plug in your washer and try it out!
Put back cover back on and tighten all screws tightly
Here you can see the finished product. The front door is now back on and secure, as well as all screws tightened down to prevent water leakage from occurring again.
Congratulations! You have successfully replaced your washer lid, you will no longer have to worry about your clothes falling out the bottom of the machine when it’s spinning at high speeds.
In this article, we learn how to replace the lid on a washing machine. This is a great job for someone that has been washing clothes by hand and just purchased their first home with a washer/dryer combination unit. It’s also probably easier than trying to add a second lid should the old one break. The DIY Laundry Project is going to show you how to replace the lid on a washing machine.